Digital technology will create opportunities but also upheaval for nonprofit groups, according to a trend forecast for 2019. Here are Five nonprofit tech trends to watch in 2019.
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.
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.
The 2016 election brought digital security and surveillance into tight focus. The webinar, “New Administration, New Risks? How To Protect Your Nonprofit’s Data,” held with Idealware and Fission Strategy, encourages organizations to rethink their security. Panelists from several organizations, including Sinu co-founder and CTO, Larry Velez, Idealware board member Leon Wilson of the Cleveland Foundation, and Shauna Dillavou of Community Red, contribute to the conversation about keeping your nonprofit data safe while bringing more productivity and safety to your team and constituents.
While the benefits of the new technologies may be evident to you, they are not always immediately embraced by the team and can cause disruption if proper training is not part of the roll-out. Before rolling out any new technology, it’s good to be aware of some of the top reasons employees may resist the change.
Look for opportunities to immediately mitigate the risk of data loss and potential downtime. For nonprofits with fewer than 1,000 employees, we suggest moving at least 80 percent of your basic infrastructure into the cloud over the next three years. Email and backup are critical and should be migrated immediately. Payroll is another critical application that can be moved to the cloud to help avoid disruption of compensation for employees even during local outages or disasters.
When developing a comprehensive IT Management and Security Policy, be sure that it is easy for staff to understand and follow – finding the balance between policies and procedures that support physical and virtual security while ensuring employees have access to the data when and where they need it to stay productive is key.
Business continuity planning includes developing policies and procedures your organization can use to mitigate risk and ensure that your operational work can continue should there be disruption to your technology solutions, whether it's caused by human error or natural disaster. An important part of business continuity planning is identifying which operations are essential and to map out what technologies must be set up through back-up plans or redundant systems to enable your work to continue.
With a mobility solutions in place, nonprofits can realize benefits like cost savings, improved employee morale, and more efficient use of time and resources. Here are some quick tips to ensure your technology is mobile-ready and secure, as well as some suggestions for mobile services that may aid in your productivity.
Knowing when to upgrade and install updates is critical to keeping your data secure, but it can be challenging to keep up with it all. Sinu takes care of these updates automatically, but if you are managing your IT in-house, here are a few tips on avoiding obsolete technology.
Sinu has decided to identify the top technology challenges we have seen in organizations and select one topic each week to provide tips and resources to our nonprofit friends. If you have a suggested topic, please email us, and we will try to address that topic in an upcoming article!
Today, the benefits promised by cloud computing—including agility, process optimization, speed to market, remote access, and cost reduction— have inspired most nonprofits to rethink their IT infrastructure and software.