Tasks you might use technology for in your nonprofit organization include:
- Membership management
- Donation records
- General accounting
- Project tracking
While nearly all of this could be done with a pen and paper (excluding the website, of course), it`s simply faster and easier with the right technology, and your organization will run better and more efficiently with it.
Getting that technology is the tough part. Most nonprofits do get donations, but the equipment is rarely up to date, meaning it will be slower and less efficient than newer equipment, to varying degrees, of course. Upgrading is one way to go, or, in the case of computers, you can sometimes use them for parts if they are just too old and slow to use as is. There are plenty of ways to get donated technology. If you can get the actual company to donate, you`ll be ahead of the game; but schools, individuals, and even companies might be interested in donating when they have outgrown the usefulness of their own equipment.
Having computer and internet access these days is practically mandatory. It`s the fastest way to contact large numbers of people and keep everyone updated on the status of your nonprofit, as well as to find new sponsors and members. And, in the end, technology is all about making life easier, right?