No matter what sector you work in, technology is an absolute must for success. There’s just no way around it. However, the non-profit sector is one that constantly seems to have difficulty staying on top of the technology game. Given their limited funds, non-profit organizations often rely on antiquated computers (which aren’t very reliable) and networks that are as old as the Stone Age (well, maybe not that old, but considering how fast technology advances, the Stone Age is an appropriate analogy.)
Though the executives of non-profits are well aware of the importance of updated technology, they just don’t know how to stretch their very limited budgets to stay abreast of technological trends.
Well, non-profits can start to breathe a little bit, thanks to the generosity of some of the largest technology companies. Recently, several of the biggest names in technology have started to offer discounts on services to non-profit organizations that meet certain qualifications; however, these discounts aren’t all that non-profits can take advantage of. Here’s a look at five other ways that non-profit organizations can save on technology:
- Make use of the right donations. Many SMBs are more than happy to lend a helping hand when it comes to making donations for technology to non-profit organizations. However, despite this generosity, it can be quite trying and time consuming to go through all of these donations. Non-profit execs are good at what they do, and that often doesn’t include technology. When you receive donations, make sure that you are only taking those that will actually benefit you. Also, make sure that you team up with a service provider that can make sure the donated equipment you receive is current.
- Take advantage of bartering. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with the bartering system; you do this for me and I’ll do this for you. It has supported many a civilization, and it can support your non-profit organization, too. If you’re hosting a charity event, for example, you can offer to showcase an organization if they will provide you with a certain service. They’ll get exposure and you’ll get the service you need.
- Take advantage of discounted licensing and services. Several SaaS organizations offer discounted or even free services and resources to non-profit organizations, including:
- Google Apps for Non-Profits
- Office 365
- VoIP Solutions. Voice over IP (VoIP) is highly beneficial for all businesses. It will improve communications and collaborations with your team while reducing phone costs. Matthijssen provides VoIP solutions for non profit organizations.
- Make the Most of Managed Services. Non-profits have a lot on their plate. With the help of managed services from Matthijssen, handling everything on that plate can be a lot easier. We partner with non-profits, making it possible for non-profits to meet – and exceed – their goals.