While savvy professionals in the business world constantly seek the latest opportunities for extending their reach and improving their efficiency, that doesn’t always seem to be the case in the nonprofit world. But nonprofits can benefit from the latest tech advances too! These same powerful innovations can help nonprofits streamline, automate, organize, and simplify, thereby letting them focus on their mission instead of busywork.

Unfortunately, too few nonprofit organizations are taking advantage of technology—unless they have the right assistance. Therefore, it’s a matter of making the right assistance available to them.

Tech Problems That Nonprofits Face

Consider this: Although the nonprofit sector is huge and ranges from big, national-scale organizations to smaller, locally based, volunteer-led ones, nearly every nonprofit is trying to accomplish the most it can with limited resources. But few of them are taking advantage of the technology that could properly assist them in their missions, saving them both money and time.

This is bad because effective use of resources is something grantors look for, meaning nonprofits could be missing out on more funds and opportunities than they might realize.

It’s not for lack of trying or lack of wanting to take advantage of technology. But this change takes resources, including:

  • An initial investment in the technology
  • Training or knowledge of how to use the technology (either volunteer or paid)
  • Time invested in transferring all processes to this new technology

 

When a nonprofit doesn’t have the resources to make the switch from its old-school methods to these advanced, more effective ones, sometimes it’s just easier to keep doing things the outdated way.

Educating Students Together

One such nonprofit we recently saw flourish thanks to making the switch is Educating Students Together. We’re citing this specific example because we conducted a case study of their specific problems, solutions, and growth as we worked with them to implement tech that would help further their mission.

EST is a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the quality of life for foster and low-income youth by helping them access and complete post-secondary education.