The word “technology” is rooted in systems, and every piece of technology that you employ in your organization is part of a system intended to fulfill your mission.
It’s important to ensure that every tool you use fits into the big picture for your organization – your strategy. Technology shouldn’t be tacked on as an afterthought, nor should it be separated into a silo apart from your organization’s strategic plan.
Whenever possible, technology assessment and planning should be done in conjunction with a trusted nonprofit technology assistance provider — an individual or organization that is familiar with nonprofit needs, has access to the necessary resources, and who can provide “outside perspective” to bring clarity and focus to the process.
This process offers a chance to step back from thinking about “the tools” and instead develop a strategy for reaching your organization’s goals. It helps define what obstacles your members face, via both one-on-one and group discussions. We aim to address any reservations your organization might have had about technology, or put them in the proper context.