- Raise awareness in the nonprofit community of consistent problems and potential solutions
- Give grantmakers and IT vendors better information on how to adjust their support/service to meet the identified needs
- Provide some common sense starting points for decision-makers to find the tech assistance that fits their circumstance
The intent of this resource is to provide information and foster connections between nonprofits and technology providers.
Nonprofit organizations require an array of technical building-blocks to accomplish their mission work. Whether physical computers, cloud services, or user training, all have a price-tag and a degree of mission efficacy. Technology can be expensive, so making smart decisions has a direct impact on the bottom-line of your group, as well as what you’re able to accomplish. This resource gives you some simple tools to help you make better IT choices.
First, we surveyed over 100 regional nonprofits about how they are using technology. The results provide a view of how groups are tackling (or not) their technical challenges. We will gather responses annually so trends, gaps and duplication in the regional IT infrastructure can be identified, if not addressed directly.
Secondly, we’re forming a list of technical service providers – their core expertise, experience, contact info, etc – so that nonprofits and grantmakers have a ready reference when choosing IT vendors. This is not a tightly curated list, but contains a few hundred options to evaluate. The goal is to improve the the underlying information so that more suitable decisions can be made.