I have worked with 100s of Nonprofits over the past 10 years. I’ve been a volunteer, a Board member, a fundraiser and a consultant. I’ve heard every Executive Director say that “technology is an important component but it is hard to keep up due to other initiatives and strained budgets”. I bring up techsoup, Zones and potential grants available to them. Most of them know about some of these resources but when you are leading a small nonprofit, you already have too much going on to keep up with that. You are responsible for your staff, your volunteers, your Board and those whom you serve. You are usually the Chief Fundraiser too. I have no idea how you do it but I respect you for taking on the work that you do.
Technology should be planned and not an afterthought when a donor mentions it or a grant comes across your desk. Be proactive. Have a plan to fund-raise for technology improvements. Regardless if you think it is important, technology touches almost every aspect of your small nonprofit. Donor Management software, website, Accounting software, security cameras, employee reviews, phone system, etc. I think you get the point. You are under increased pressure to find the top volunteers, employees and Board members with limited resources. There are a lot of free and discounted options for your organization but you need to know where to look.
A strong technology partner should advise and guide you towards what works best for your organization and within your budget. The newest gadgets are nice but not necessary. Make sure your plan guides your decisions. This will in turn help you find that next rock star employee or connected board member so you can do what is most important; continue serving your mission. There are a lot of people counting on you!
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