Giving Compass’ Take:
• Forbes Nonprofit Council offers guidance for nonprofits to utilize technology and make sure that all teams know how to navigate tech to their advantage.
• How will technology help shape nonprofit organizations as we move toward more AI and computer-based employment?
• Read about future concerns for the nonprofit sector, one being: investment in tech.
According to a report by Alinean Inc., “The average small company spends 6.9% of revenue on IT. Midsized companies spend 4.1%. Larger companies spend a miserly 3.2% of revenue.” The percentages may not be as high as one would expect, but they still represent a significant chunk of a business’ budget.
While the spend to add new technologies is there, companies need to ensure that their employees are able to navigate and implement these technologies in their daily responsibilities.
Below, five members of Forbes Nonprofit Council discuss ways to ensure that you and your employees are up-to-date with the skills needed to adapt to technological advancements and innovations. Here’s what they recommend:
- Focus On Radical Cross-Training: We have a laser-like focus on cross-training employees on key technology needs, both within and across departments — it’s simply a part of the job description from day one. It’s a win-win-win situation.
- Attend Online Courses: We all take online courses through sites like Udemy, where various free courses are available. These courses have helped us update our technical skills, get acquainted with the basics and have taught us how to manage some of the tools that make our nonprofit much more efficient.
- Promote Intellectual Thought: Understanding change will be the baseline to adapt and embrace the future.
- Attend Events And Join Tech Communities: Staying current could be as ‘non-intrusive’ as staying active on technology hub Listservs to something more engaging like attending emerging technology showcases.
- Use What You Have To Its Fullest Capabilities: The easy answer is to say ‘training,’ which is important, but I have found that rarely do I or my staff use the tools we have to their greatest capabilities.
Read the full article about technology for nonprofits from Forbes Nonprofit Council at Forbes
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