It's the start of a new year and we've just looked at five high-tech trends and five nonprofit tech trends. While it's fun predicting all the trends in technology, we believe it's also important to remember best practices to ensure we use technology effectively. Here are three best practices that are essential to a nonprofit’s success:
While it’s very interesting to follow all the high-tech trends, it’s highly unlikely for trends such as virtual reality, wearable technologies and assistive robotic technologies to impact your nonprofit’s day-to-day operations in 2014. So here’s our predictions of tech trends that should be top of mind for nonprofits:
With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, it’s hard at times for nonprofits keep up and determine which tech trends are worth their investment. To help nonprofits start the new year right, Jane Zhang (ED of TechSoup Canada and Director of Online Services at the Centre for Social Innovation) highlighted five cutting-edge tech trends to follow, five important trends nonprofits should embrace in 2014, and three best practices for using technology.
A lot of nonprofit event managers and coordinators have to wear
multiple hats. On top of planning conferences, fundraising events,
workshops and other program events, event specialists still have to
handle 1,000 other things at their nonprofit. How can they manage events
and stay on top of everything else? There is no simple solution, but
there are some technologies that can help.
Crowdfunding has grown increasingly popular in the nonprofit sector over the past few years, thanks to the Internet and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The question on every non-profit, charity and fundraiser’s mind is “can crowdfunding really raise a lot of money for my cause?” The answer is yes - if you do it properly.
I was able to get the chance to attend Artez’s conference about online fundraising campaigns. In addition to the workshop I hosted, Data, data and more data... what to do with it all? (slides are posted here), I had the pleasure of hearing from many great speakers. Here are four of the ideas and insights that stuck most with me:
Most of us see technology an essential tool,something that helps us do our jobs, implement our programs and reach our supporters; it is a tool that allows us to influence change. But rarely do we stop to think about technology as more than a tool, but as itself a powerful mechanism of change.