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Famed football coach Lou Holtz once said, “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Nonprofit managers are actually a lot like football players, when you think about it. But, they have less padding to keep them comfortable. They have to be quick on their feet, willing to adapt to a new game plan, and they have to be willing to charge forward even in the face of uncertainty.
For decades, nonprofit organizations have championed equity—the idea that everyone should have equitable access to the tools needed to build a fulfilling life. Yet it’s only recently that many have adopted language that truly reflects this commitment. Nonprofits are transforming their messaging because they know that something needs to change. They are making big gains, yet many communities are still unable meet their basic needs. At the same time, public discourse around social issues has become increasingly divisive.
It’s no secret that nonprofit organizations face lots of technological challenges. Nonprofits have low budgets. They have to be careful with their finances. They tend to rely on older computers, lots of paperwork, and time consuming data entry. Nonprofits are often looking for new ways to improve their workforce management. The answer? Automation - in a number of areas.
Communication is key for improving engagement. You want your donors and stakeholders to be able to get in touch with you quickly and easily. You’ve likely already invested in a VoIP landline and live chat software. Now it’s time to start automating things. Enter chatbots.
When it comes to moving forward with your planned event in this time of uncertainty during a worldwide pandemic, transitioning to a virtual event is one of the safest and most cost-effective options your nonprofit can consider.
Now that we’re over halfway through 2020, it’s clear that unpredictability is one of the few things the nonprofit sector can count on going forward. The challenges of responding to a global pandemic and its broader economic impacts have certainly been unprecedented.
Virtual events have skyrocketed in popularity over the past year. Due to current social distancing guidelines and the postponement of most in-person events, many organizations and businesses across the board have turned to digital alternatives to engage their constituents and ensure that their previous offerings can still take place. Nonprofits too have increased their virtual efforts in order to sustain their fundraising and continue connecting with donors during this time.
Our contemporary business and social environment relies upon the advantages of our digital world. While not everyone is fluent in tech use, most to some degree spend a significant percentage of their lives online and undertake many of their essential tasks and communications via digital platforms.
Nonprofit Finance professionals are often mystified by how their Development colleagues ‘do it’ – the strategies, action plans, and tactics that raise lots of money. The mailings, phone calls, luncheons, events, pledge reminders, follow-ups, and volunteer coaching sessions.
If you’re planning on creating a website for your nonprofit organization, you’re going to need to find a suitable web host. A web hosting provider essentially rents out digital space in their servers so that their customers (you) can store your website files and make your website available online. Without web hosting, your website would have nowhere to ‘live’ and your eager visitors wouldn’t be able to access it at all.