Overcoming Tech Challenges In Not-for-Profit Organizations

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

Last week I had the opportunity to work on an assessment for a Not-for-Profit Organization in our community.

They’re a well-known entity in the South Florida area.

But even with all of the fame and press that comes with being well known…

Their tech is a mess.

It’s an unfortunate situation.

As with most Not-for-Profit Organizations, their tech is comprised of a series of random donations that have been cobbled together.

And as a result, things don’t work very well.

The environment isn’t secured properly.

The environment doesn’t perform properly.

There’s one issue after another.

AND SO

So how do we get there from here?

That’s the million-dollar question.

Fortunately, it won’t take a million dollars to fix the issues in this tech environment.

But it will need a benefactor.

And it will need a donation.

HERE’S THE IDEA

One thing I’ve seen successful Not-for-Profit Organizations do is solicit their benefactors to fund their tech.

Not by providing used equipment.

But by providing dollars.

Sometimes it’s in the form of a monthly contribution.

Sometimes it’s in the form of an annual contribution.

IT’S ALL ABOUT DESIGN

Tech environments can be affordably designed.

It just takes a little know-how.

And someone in their corner that’s not trying to make a buck but actually helping.

Both Microsoft and Google have programs to provide email and productivity services to Not-for-Profit Organizations for free.

And that goes a long way towards keeps costs down.

With just a few more pieces in place, Not-for-Profit Organizations can have a well designed reliable, recoverable, secure and productive tech environment.