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Nonprofits need to get rid of cumbersome spreadsheets and adapt to volunteer management tools that are there to help Technology has grown significantly in the nonprofit sector — yet many organizations are slow to adapt to these opportunities. Nonprofits should look at technology as a positive change that makes work easier and more efficient. This is especially true when it comes to the world of volunteer management.
At the end of the day, software technologies, can’t do everything – they are simply tools that help us get through our tasks more efficiently. But if you’re a nonprofit, when implemented successfully, your software tools will help you manage and administer your programs more easily. None of this is truer than when it comes to effective customer relationship management (CRM) platforms.
The demands of the nonprofit sector -- from providing beneficiaries with intensive social support to dealing with management challenges, precarious funding, and long hours -- all make nonprofit burnout a common experience. The good news is that technology can make self-care easier. Here are 10 apps designed to help people check in and keep their stress to manageable levels.
Nonprofit organizations have many of the same needs as for-profit businesses, from data storage to digital security. However, because so many nonprofits are strapped for resources, such basic needs are often viewed as unaffordable luxury items. For example, for many nonprofits, the cost of paying an IT consultant to host their email servers and to manage their data encryption can be prohibitive.
How the right software saved time and money - while improving programs: Eleven years ago, when Wesley Chenery took on the role of IT specialist at the Alberta South Regional Office of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) the computers were old and the software was either extremely outdated or in some cases, completely missing.
CVHIS is a non-profit organization providing programs and support services to acquired brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers. When Beverly arrived in 2015, she quickly noticed the nonprofit’s need for new software, appropriate licenses, and improved processes for using it all. Having accessed TechSoup Canada programs in the past, she immediately signed up for an account and updated software like Microsoft Office, Adobe programs and accounting software.
The first post in this blog series provided a detailed review of performance management practices and listed the steps to implementing a performance management process. This post provides recommendations for successfuly implementing a performance management system in a diversely skilled team setting.
Performance management can be viewed as a systematic process that enables organizations to improve the productivity of employees in a team framework. The approach is implemented by defining roles within specific competence parameters, laying out expectations and establishing realistic goals. Laern more in this infographic created by Rutgers University’s Online Master of Public Administration.
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society is a nonprofit, multi-service organization that responds to local needs, serving members of the community at all ages and stages. Their programs and services range from activities for kids to parent support, outreach and counselling, a food cupboard and an emergency call button for elderly or ill people living alone. For the Society, keeping technology up to date is more than a matter of efficiency; it’s an important part of protecting their clients.
Many articles have been written about the impact of the GDPR and CASL on nonprofit organizations and how they operate. But most of those articles are pretty technical and you need to be an expert on legal matters to truly understand all the subtleties. Here are 6 recommendations that will help you be in compliance with the GDPR and CASL, all in simple English with none of the legal jargon.