How can a nonprofit successfully manage its technology? How can a consultant help?
Running a successful nonprofit requires a clear focus on your mission and organizational goals. The same is true when it comes to managing technology. Keep an eye on objectives, set goals for technology, and evaluate costs versus benefits for any technology you’re considering. In short, develop a plan. This is best achieved when technology tools and strategies, budget outlays, and evaluation systems are integrated directly into your operational plan.
At every stage of operations, consider how you can use technology to reduce time and costs and improve productivity, now and in the future. Think about your ability to support and maintain the tools and strategies you choose. Then, implement only those you can handle. It’s possible to do more damage than good when you adopt technology that you don’t have the resources or dollars to support.
Think about what you can implement and manage in-house and what may require the help of a professional. If you have the budget, consider hiring a technology consultant to assist with short- and long-term planning, implement new technologies and solve problems.
A variety of technology consultants are available for hire. Strategic advisors can help when you don’t have the time or resources to research options yourself. They will communicate trends, recommend solutions to meet your particular needs and help you plan for the future. A computer support or network consultant will engage in tactical work, helping to implement and maintain technology and troubleshoot issues. Design and marketing consultants can help you develop an online presence and promote your cause via email, events, social media and the like. Recruiting an expert in any of these areas will help you avoid costly mistakes and manage growth.
Where to look for technical consultants serving nonprofits: