Technology for Nonprofits Helps Groups Expand Charitable Reach

According to the National Council of Nonprofits, the more than 1.2 million nonprofit organizations in the United States work in every community. Charitable organizations advance social missions ranging from saving endangered animals to providing healthcare and job services. Creatively applying technology for nonprofits can empower those missions. Unlike businesses that focus on profit and product, nonprofits bear the burden of winning donors and volunteers with a vision of the good they can support. However, both types of organizations must boost brand recognition while carefully managing budgets and addressing competition. By definition, charitable organizations dedicate all revenue to advancing the declared…

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Why Cyber Security Matters for Nonprofits

On the surface, cyber security may seem like something nonprofits don’t have to worry too much about. It’s easy to see how a data breach could spell disaster for a healthcare company or a big financial institution—but who would target a nonprofit, right? The truth is, cyber criminals don’t really care if your business is doing good things in the world. All they really care about is gaining access to your money, data, or both. And if they see you as an easy target, your altruistic mission isn’t going to stop them. When bad intentions get in the way of…

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3 Reasons to Adopt Cloud Computing for Your Nonprofit

When you’re busy trying to change the world, it can be difficult to keep pace with how fast technology changes around you. But if there’s one buzzworthy term that deserves your nonprofit’s attention, it’s this one; Cloud computing, or Software as a Service (SaaS). Simply put, Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the internet (i.e., “The Cloud”)—and it can revolutionize how your nonprofit does its important work. Cloud computing solutions are so pervasive that you’re likely using some without even realizing it! Many popular services already use this technology, from Gmail to Dropbox and even Netflix. Properly…

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3 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Needs an MSP

Like any business, you know the value of technology in driving your organization’s objectives. You also recognize that emerging technologies offer opportunities to expand your reach and work more efficiently. So, you may be wondering if your nonprofit needs an MSP (managed services provider) to keep up with rapid changes in technology, meet the requirements of an increasingly mobile workforce and keep data secure, or if such a move is cost effective. Technology Challenges Because nonprofits are mission-driven, rather than profit-driven, the usual challenges take on an added twist. For nonprofits, the focus lies in providing services, fundraising, and building…

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Your Nonprofit Needs a Technology Plan

Technology Plan for Nonprofits by Monte Enbysk used with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center To the surprise of the nonprofit sector, Internet technology is enhancing good works. Relief agencies such as the American Red Cross have demonstrated how effectively online systems can speed cash donations to tragedy-stricken parts of the world. Smaller nonprofits have found the Web to be a blessing for locating discounted items and organizing people to support causes. Foundations and charities have found success with e-philanthropy — the securing of pledges and donations over the Web — and made it a vital part of their…

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