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The Nonprofit Technology Gap


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In terms of tech adoption and usage, the public sector is between 5-10 years behind the private sector. Here is an overview of the major factors affecting this tech lag.

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The Nonprofit Technology Gap

  1. 1. The Nonprofit Technology Gap 1 Pam Mangan
  2. 2. 2 Non profits are, on average, between 5-10 years behind the private sector in terms of technology adoption and usage. (salesforce, NTEN) Expertise Money Much of this can be explained by the lack of these two resources:
  3. 3. 3 Expertise A major shift in the ways that nonprofits receive their funding has increased their need for organizational management (including digital strategy). Without a solid digital strategy, nonprofits are likely to have issues with selecting the ideal software solutions (features vs cost vs usage) as well as short-sighted, one-off solutions.
  4. 4. 4 Money Even though there has been a shift towards organizational management, nonprofits are rated based on the percentage of funds that are spent directly on programs. This can make it difficult to spend a considerable amount of funds on “overhead” costs. Re-Framing the budget Capital Campaigns
  5. 5. 5 Trends in the Right Direction More scalable nonprofit tech solutions secondary degrees in nonprofit management Greater Donor Education Continued growth in the nonprofit sector Emergence of tech- based nonprofits
  6. 6. Resources If you want to volunteer: (annual board match) If you want to learn more: Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice By Michael J. Worth Stay in touch! @pamelot