Nonprofits and Technology

Top 9 tech trends for 2020: 5G rollout promises speed, innovation

Technology continues to evolve at lightning speed and solutions for nonprofits and small businesses grow exponentially. There’s quite a bit of media buzz around AI, 5G, and other emerging technologies, but most organizations do not have the time or expertise to assess all these options, not to mention the distraction and the risk that can result from adopting technologies that are not reliable or cannot meet your organization’s needs. In this series of articles, we will focus on 9 technology trends you will likely hear more about over the next 12 months.

Microsoft offers free security updates for some Windows 7 users

We recommend developing a planned strategy for retiring obsolete technology. Planning ahead can save you time, money and mitigate risk. When developing a technology replacement plan, on average, expect to retire 20 to 30 percent of your technology each year to ensure no device is older than four years old.

Network extortion: As ransomware attacks grow more brazen, businesses and nonprofits can fight back

Cybercriminals have grown more brazen and ambitious in their ransomware attacks — when hackers hold their victims’ data hostage and demand a payment to release it. Increasingly, the attacks are targeting entire networks and cloud services, and not just individual computers. However, there are several ways organizations can help mitigate the risk of ransomware attacks, many of which we have already written about in previous articles as IT management best practices.

How to protect yourself from phone and email hack nightmares

Your telephone and email are vulnerable points of attack by hackers, but you can guard these portals with simple security steps. Ed Bott with ZDNet.com reports on devastating hacking incidents that could have been prevented. Continue reading for tips to protect your phone and email data from devastating attacks.

Time is almost up: Microsoft urges Windows 7 users to migrate to Windows 10

Time is running out for Windows 7 users, and nonprofits and small businesses are being urged to switch to Windows 10 and its host of support services. After 14 January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for computers running Windows 7. Continue reading for additional support for making the transition.

How the Google Ad Grants program can benefit your nonprofit

Google Ad Grants is an in-kind program that gives qualified nonprofits free access to Google business tools, as well as $10,000 per month in free advertising on the Google Ads platform. The following write-up gives you valuable information about these resources including how to apply for ad grants, tips for using Google, and maintaining and getting the most from these marketing resources.

Email marketing to Millennials: Values, personal appeals can boost clicks

“This socially conscious and fast-paced generation requires a set of rules different from those of Generation X and Z. And brands need to take into account that fact if they want their email marketing strategy to engage this important demographic,” Florian Bersier, founder and CEO of Gmail app Gmelius, writes.

Report: Small, medium-sized businesses lean on technology

Small and medium-sized businesses rely on technology to achieve their goals but also find the diversity of choices a challenge, according to a new industry study. The sheer number and types of solutions has grown in such size and complexity that many firms are “taking two steps forward and one back as they navigate these new learning curves.”

Accommodate Your Millennial Workers – or Another Organization Will: A Conversation with Larry Velez of Sinu

Successful Nonprofits, a firm that provides strategic planning, board development, executive coaching and transition assistance to help nonprofits, recently spoke with Larry Velez, founder and CTO of Sinu, to help them understand and accommodate millennials in the workplace. Listen to the podcast to learn more about shifting demographic trends and practices in the workplace.

Awards recognize tech for good

From health care providers to whistleblowers, recipients of the 2018 Good Tech Awards cultivated socially beneficial uses of technology, whether drones or text messaging. The awards, a feature of New York Times columnist Kevin Roose in the New York Times Magazine, give a nod to innovators who often operate outside of the spotlight.

The benefits of corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) — often considered a delicate combination of ethics and profits — is gaining currency with organizations of all sizes because of the benefits to both society and the bottom line.  Companies that pursue positive social impacts have found several benefits that positively impact the bottom line. We’ve summarized several of the top benefits reported in both the Forbes and Entrepreneur articles.

Giving Tuesday: Facebook, PayPal promise $7 million in matching donations to nonprofits

#GivingTuesday was created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y — a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been “bringing people together around the values of service and giving back.” #GivingTuesday is a worldwide effort to connect people and organizations around the one common goal: “to celebrate and encourage giving.”

Tips to protect your devices from summer heat

With the dog days of summer upon us, devices – and the humans that own them – are often exposed to higher temperatures this time of year. However, there are a number of ways you can protect your devices in spite of the summer heat. We have some tips on how to protect your electronics from overheating and often irreparable damage.

Study: Telecommuting can lower office costs, attract better talent

Telecommuting isn’t the trend of the future – it’s a reality for an increasing number of organizations and employees. If your business or nonprofit is considering the potential benefits of telecommuting, you may want to consider the following tech tips to support your telecommuting employees.

Participate in Sinu's Nonprofit Tech Survey by July 1

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Sinu is conducting a survey of nonprofit employees, board members and volunteers to gather data about nonprofits and their technology. The survey should only take about 5-10 minutes. From the aggregated data, we will develop a free report, The State of Nonprofit Technology: An Insiders Perspective. We believe this report will not only help other nonprofits better plan for and utilize technology, but will also help companies like Sinu who support nonprofits with their IT.

We will only use the information in aggregate and will keep an organization's specific information anonymous. We will also automatically include qualified nonprofits into a random drawing for a $500 donation for those who fill out the survey by July 1, 2018.  Sorry, current Sinu clients can fill out the survey but are not qualified to win the $500 donation. See official contest rules.

If you are a nonprofit, please share your knowledge so we can serve nonprofits better! If you know of a nonprofit, please share this link to the survey with them! 

Take the survey today! Click here to get started!

How to Safely Recycle Your Old Technology

Whether your city regulates e-waste or not, there are several reasons your organization should recycle your technology. Sensitive data, whether on a laptop, server or smartphone, needs to be completely erased before you resell or recycle your technology. Having a plan for recycling your technology that includes properly disposing of electronics is not only better for the environment, but it can also mitigate the risk of having sensitive data fall into the wrong hands.

Facebook to offer more nonprofit tools in era of ‘meaningful connections’

An estimated 750,000 nonprofits in the U.S. already take advantage of a host of tools on Facebook, such as charitable donations pages and “donate” buttons. These tools are designed to cultivate more meaningful connections and to support more robust fundraising.

Nonprofits encouraged to embrace AI

Artificial Intelligence promises to be an important strategy for nonprofit organizations. It can help engage with more people where they are and in a more meaningful way. Furthermore, voice-fundraising will make it virtually effortless (pun intended) for people to support a cause at the very moment when and where they are moved to give. Some early adopters have already starting using voice-activated technology.

Why Small Business Matters

There are 28 million small businesses in the U.S. They are the backbone and spirit of our economy. In fact, they are the very reason Sinu was formed back in 2000 because we wanted to give small businesses an edge by providing the enterprise-level technology and expertise which big business could afford, but were out of reach of most smaller organizations.