Can technology transform the nonprofit sector? Yes, it absolutely can. Obtaining grants, donations, and other funding is becoming increasingly competitive. To stay ahead, nonprofits need to use technology to their advantage. This involves using technology to gather and present concrete data proving that they’re using donor investments to enact real change. However, very few nonprofits are successfully integrating technology into their organizational strategies. Much of this is due to lack of funding and difficulties accessing affordable resources. Here are a few examples of what the average nonprofit budget looks like according to the 10th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report:
Although this may look like a lot of money at first glance, these numbers are significantly smaller when compared to the IT budgets of for-profit companies. Since nonprofits operate with tight budgets, they have to be calculated and purposeful when it comes to implementing new tools and updating their nonprofit technology helpdesk.
With this in mind, we put together this short guide to nonprofit technology budgeting. In the sections below we’ll elaborate on the different ways you can affordably fund your nonprofit technology needs.
When discussing technology in nonprofits, there are specific tools and services that are absolute must-haves. Here are some of the top expenses you should consider when setting up your tech budget.
These are just a few examples of what a nonprofit organization should consider when mapping out their tech budget. However, if you are struggling to figure out exactly what you need and how to achieve your technology goals, consider CIM. Our IT strategy and consulting services for nonprofits can help you with technology roadmaps, gap assessments, IT policy development, and more.
Although there is a wide variety of options when it comes to implementing technology in a nonprofit organization, here are just a few examples of how technology can be applied in a nonprofit setting.
We understand that nonprofit spending rules are different from regular businesses, and we take your unique needs into account. As your IT partner, we are dedicated to helping to achieve your ministry goals and making the most of your technology investment. Let us help you take your tech to the next level and connect with us today.