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In recent months, nonprofits, for-profits, and associations alike have all had to quickly pivot operations for greater virtual accessibility and communications. As you’re likely already aware, this was due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fundraising efforts had to be rescheduled and working from home became the new normal. All events had to be canceled, postponed, or altered— something that represented a huge challenge for organizations large and small.
Smartphones have undoubtedly become a central hub of many people’s daily lives. Beyond simply texting, calling or gaming, we’re now using them to make payments and navigate from place to place. Consequently, enormous amounts of personal data is collected, stored and transmitted, even when we’re not using the phone.
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is hitting nonprofits hard. As The New York Times put it, the new mission is survival. Donors are understandably distracted with their own personal affairs. Business owners are busy putting fires out. As a veteran of three nonprofits, including one that weathered both the dot-com bust and the 2008 recession, I want to share how we got through those difficult times.
Think back to the days before you could punch your location into Google Maps and find the fastest route. Go back 20 years, and we all relied on roadside maps. Ten to 15 years ago, we would diligently print off directions from MapQuest and carefully keep our eyes peeled for exit numbers and street signs — no prompt needed. Today, if your phone OS lags or Google Maps is slow to update, you feel absolutely lost, even in the heart of your own city.
A Learning Management System (LMS), aka online training software or e-learning authoring tool, is a must have for nonprofits of all sizes. It offers great convenience and efficiency in training, and it’s steadily becoming more affordable. Although in-person employee training will never become obsolete, new technology has allowed us to not only improve training, but to perfect it.
If you run a charity website, you might have mixed feelings about search engine optimisation (SEO). To many people, doing SEO feels like cheating Google or inflating search results. While it is true that SEO is all about raising your search engine rankings, it’s not just about inserting random keywords that match what people are searching for.
It’s common to think data breaches only happen to private/for-profit companies like Target and Home Depot, but nonprofits are targeted too. People Inc., a nonprofit human services agency operating in Western New York, suffered a data breach in 2019 that caused sensitive medical information of its former and current clients to be exposed. Don’t put your organization at risk. Here are some measures you can take to shore up your data security.
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.