Nonprofits in St. Louis, Grand Rapids, and everywhere else in the U.S. face challenges like acquiring donors, retaining and sustaining their funding sources, and deciding how to best allocate resources while sticking to their budgets. They also face technology-related challenges. Some aren’t using up-to-date technology solutions, or they aren’t using them securely.
We list three common technology worries below and how to overcome them.
Too often, nonprofit executives believe that keeping their technology updated will be too costly. They put this on the back-burner, and, unfortunately, it costs them in the end.
Older servers that shut down can cost several hours of productivity each day. In a year’s time, this can add up to thousands of dollars in lost work time. Plus, using older technology can result in security gaps that hackers look to breach. Data breaches and the resulting bad publicity for your nonprofit can negatively affect your donations and funding.
Ask your IT provider about customized, cloud solutions that can help you optimize your resources, and improve operational efficiencies.
Legacy technology systems are often challenging to manage and don’t provide the required return on investment. Cloud-based IT services and solutions are more cost-effective and provide the anywhere/anytime access you need. Plus, you’ll have the technology you need at a fraction of the cost of purchasing it outright.
Instead of expending your capital, you’ll pay an affordable, per-user, monthly subscription. And you’ll no longer need to worry about technology solutions going out of date because they are automatically updated.
With cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions, you can scale up or down easily. You’ll have the flexibility to add what you require as your nonprofit grows (or delete if you must scale back). This also makes it easy to predictably budget what you’ll require for the year.
With cloud-based intelligence systems like those in Microsoft Office 365, you can collect donor data from different outreach channels and then analyze this information in a centralized location. This insight allows you to identify trends and patterns that could improve the results of your next fundraising campaign and generate higher revenue.
By exploring these new cloud innovations, it’s possible to leverage technology solutions that you could never afford to purchase outright.
After hearing about all the massive breaches over the past few years, nonprofit association CEOs and managers are now more aware of their risks of being hacked. Security has taken on new meaning as people start putting defensive measures in place.
Even nonprofits for children aren’t safe. The Save the Children Federation was hacked, and the criminals stole more than $1 million. The loss was reported on the organization’s U.S. Federal Form 900 filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and picked up by news agencies.
Information security should be a priority. You could be doing everything else right, but if you don’t mitigate risk and protect your nonprofit organization’s confidential data, you could face a costly data breach. Just one breach could result in hefty fines, penalties, expensive litigation and a ruined reputation that scares donors away.
An IT system that’s monitored and managed by IT professionals like Alliance Technology Partners promotes the security you need. We can prevent cybersecurity vulnerabilities and keep your technology up and running by:
Nonprofit organizations, just like major corporations, depend on their mobile devices and solutions. Mobile technology lets your staff, board members and volunteers access data and connect to others no matter where they are or what time zone they’re in. However, you must ensure that you use mobility solutions in a secure way.
However, using tablets and smartphones is less secure than using PCs and laptops because they lack pre-installed malware protection. Most computers include data intrusion protection, but smartphone developers still haven’t caught up in this respect.
Mobile Device Management provides a centralized platform to manage all your nonprofit’s smartphones and tablets in the field, in the office and on the road.
But today’s MDM goes farther than this. Some also come with policy- and configuration-management tools to deliver IT support to mobile end users and ensure they maintain security policies.
Mobile Device Management can provide for:
If your devices are lost, stolen or compromised, the team at Alliance Technology Partners can use MDM to wipe your confidential data from them remotely. This keeps bad actors from accessing the data on your mobile devices.
By assessing technology in relation to your mission and vision, using the right cloud-based solutions, and by following information security protocols, Alliance Technology Partners can help facilitate your nonprofit’s success and overcome these and other common technology challenges.
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