...working toward a time when every NGO on the planet has the tech resources and knowledge to operate at their full potential.
Where to begin?
Start with a vision
Make a plan
Place to shop for resources
Where to Begin?
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Start with a Vision
Technology Visioning Exercise
Goals – What do you want to achieve to move your organization closer to fulfilling its mission?
Objectives – What concrete, measurable, specific, and achievable ‘targets’ are you aiming at to achieve those goals?
Strategies – What approaches can be used to achieve the objectives?
GOAL(S) What do you want to achieve to move your not-for-profit organization closer to fulfilling its mission? OBJECTIVE 1 What concrete, measurable, specific and achievable (within a certain timeframe) “targets” are you aiming at? OBJECTIVE 2 What concrete, measurable, specific and achievable (within a certain timeframe) “targets” are you aiming at? STRATEGY 1A What is one general approach to achieving Objective 1? STRATEGY 1B What is another general approach to achieving Objective 1? STRATEGY 2A What is one general approach to achieving Objective 2? STRATEGY 2B What is another general approach to achieving Objective 2?
Strategic technology plans will:
Help ensure you have the right resources, your employees have the right skills, and access to the right support structure
Position you for success with funders and potential partners
Integrate specific technology projects into your overall technology strategy
Revisit your plan every 2 to 3 years
Basic infrastructure needs must be in place before you can initiate larger IT projects
Ensure you have addressed key issues such as:
Hardware budget, upgrades, and support
Software budget, upgrades, and support
Network and connectivity budget, upgrades, and support
Staff training and support
Budgeting for IT
IT projects save organizations money over the mid- to long-term, but can be expensive to implement
Cost-cutting strategies include:
Request Donated Software and Hardware through TechSoup Canada
Open source software
Proper IT support and maintenance
Volunteer board member to work on requirements gathering
Individual consultant to prepare requirements documentation and provide project management support
Key tools – hardware and software – donated from a large IT company or requested from TechSoup Canada
Small IT company or other charity or non-profit to perform any technical work
Individual volunteers to assist with daily updates and maintenance
Maintenance and support contract with another charity or non-profit
From Planning to Action
Nonprofit Tech Shopping List: Web Site Email Conferencing Database Office Productivity Multimedia & Graphics Communication & Relationship Development
Before you shop...
Beth Kanter’s blog
TechSoup Canada By-the-cup Newsletter
Review and information about nonprofit software
Online reports, articles and webinars
Offers review on low-cost to more robust options.
Beth Kanter’s Blog
Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media
Articles and interviews on Social Media Topics.
Association of nonprofit technology professionals
Sharing of knowledge and experience
N-TEN Online Office
Online Learning Centre
Global Community Forum
Maintain IT Project
Nonprofit Commons (Second Life)
News & Events
Hot Forum & Blog Topics
TechSoup Canada: the place to go for technology tools
TechSoup Canada Product Donations Program
Donated and Discounted software for Nonprofits and Charities
Over 25 Donor partners, one registration process
Request over 300 products online
What you will need:
proof of incorporation documentation
mission statement, overview of program and services
annual operating budget
fit eligibility guidelines of donor programs
Concentric Website Hosting (TechSoup Canada)
Email & List Management
Constant Contact/Email Now/Vertical Response
Concentric Email Hosting (TechSoup Canada)
Microsoft Office 2007 (TechSoup Canada)
Multimedia & Graphics
Adobe CS 4 Suite (TechSoup Canada)
Microsoft Dynamics CRM (TechSoup Canada)
Microsoft Sharepoint Server (TechSoup Canada)
Conferencing & Collaboration
Ready Talk (TechSoup Canada)
“ Hidden Gems”
Wild Apricot Nonprofit Blog
Twitter account to follow: @techsoupcanada, @canadahelps, @Imaginecanada