One popular misconception is that non-profit organizations do not experience the same level of technological difficulty that their for-profit counterparts do. People tend to forget that just because an organization is not looking to make money does not mean that they do not have the needs that are satisfied most effectively by expensive tech equipment and services. According to a report compiled through the Johns Hopkins Listening Post project, surveyed non profits came up short in a few key areas:
- Thirty percent of non profits did not have the number of computers needed to satisfy their needs.
- Twenty percent reported that they are still reliant on “basic services,” or those that are paper based.
- Thirty percent indicated that program and service delivery was very limited in terms of technological assistance.
Network Depot has over 25 years experience in dealing with non-profit organizations, and their special needs. We understand that what works for a for-profit company may not mesh correctly with the needs of a non profit. Your organization requires a comprehensive and effective support scheme in place, one that keeps costs as low as possible, while still ensuring everything stays running at peak performance. Our team of consummate professionals can work side by side with you and your staff, to make sure the solutions we have to offer are well within the limits of your budget, and can handle your unique needs as efficiently as possible.
Following are some of the key areas in which Network Depot can offer the most help with IT planning and implementation to a non-profit organization:
Volunteer and Donor Information Management
A recent report published by the non-profit organization, Blog Guidestar, outlined the top tech challenge faced by non-profit organizations. This report, which included over 200 different non profits, found that the integration of software used to track and manage donors with an existing IT structure is the biggest obstacle they have run into. This causes untold problems in managing the data for donors and volunteers, which can in turn effect how well the non profit operates.
Network Depot understands that the proper and smooth integration of your donor and volunteer data with your new or existing IT layout is one of supreme importance. We can not only ensure that this integration goes smoothly, but also that you will have no problems tracking and managing volunteer and donor information whatsoever.
Maximizing Your ROI
Given that the very essence of a non-profit organization is that it is not in existence to make money, budgets have a tendency to be tighter than the for-profit variety. Few things are more important than making sure you have a stable and effective IT environment using as few funds as possible.
While it may sound confusing when applied to a non profit, one of the chief considerations when implementing an IT infrastructure is what it will provide in terms of return on investment, or ROI. How this applies to a an entity not focused on money is how much these tech advancements will allow workflows to improve, thus saving the organization money. Over time, if the most suitable system is chosen, the savings seen from the advantages it provides will soon exceed the cost of installing the system itself.
Network Depot can assess the IT system you are planning, or currently have in place, and offer solutions that will allow you to achieve the highest level of ROI. This will save you money over time, and enhance your reputation with the resulting marked increase in service and efficiency.
Backup and Continuity Services
No matter if a company is gunning for profit or not, unforeseen accidents or malfunctions can wreak havoc on its ability to operate. These situations run the gamut of human error, natural or man made disasters, or just plain equipment failure, all of which can have devastating consequences. The most seriously involve a problem that affects needs tied to a grant, with forfeiture possible if certain deadlines are not met. Because the lifeblood of a non profit is the information and data that has been acquired over time, a comprehensive backup, continuity, and restoration plan must be in place. Network Depot can identify the weak points in your current plan, and help shore them up with effective and economical solutions.
Telecommunications For Non-Profit Organizations
Non-profit organizations must remain in constant contact with a wide variety of people and entities, including volunteers, donors, and the targets of their ministrations. This makes it important to have email and phone systems that can meet the rigorous demands non profits often have.
Two primary telephone systems are available to organizations like non profits. These are the classic Private Branch Exchange, or PBX, which utilizes traditional phone lines, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VOIP, which uses the internet to pass data that has been converted from analog to digital. Further options for a VOIP solution include the capacity to set up an internal, customized system, rather than use a third party. Network Depot can advise you on which system is right for you, a decision based primarily on budgetary constraints and the potential need to grow the system in the future.
If you would like to take advantage of the extensive amount of experience that Network Depot has accrued from providing IT services to many non profits over the past 25 years, we stand ready and willing to open up a fruitful partnership. If you have specific questions you need help with, or would like to schedule a consultation, we urge you to give us a call or contact us online at your earliest convenience.