How does your organization use nonprofit technology? Is it used for client intake, program attendance, services delivered, etc.? And how does your software perform those functions? Whether you use manual processes like Excel spreadsheets or a cloud-based software, your organization, there needs to be functionality in place that to drive your mission forward.
Along with that, it’s important that your organization uses it to collect and report on client data to provide services and prove impact. The technology you use should be advancing your mission and delivering more services to your constituents.
This begs the question: is your current technology doing enough to maximize your impact? If you’re unsure, consider these three criteria for what nonprofit technology should be doing for your organization.
Nonprofit technology should:
1. Increase the amount of time you spend on mission
One of the best parts of having nonprofit technology in use is the amount of time you get back to devote to your mission. With the right technology at your fingertips, you won’t have to spend hours inputting, organizing, assessing, and reporting on data. You can apply the time you save to delivering mission for your community with the right nonprofit technology.
2. Increase the quality of the service delivery you provide
Nonprofit technology can provide you with more time to spend on your mission. Along with that, you can spend time increasing the quality of interactions you have with your constituents. With great nonprofit technology, your organization will be able to deliver more mission to your constituents, but you will also be able to sit down and decide what the right amount of treatment is for everyone that comes through your doors.
3. Increase the funding dollars going directly to your mission
Using outdated processes to collect and report on your nonprofit data costs time, which in turn costs money. Since effective nonprofit technology reduces the time spent collecting and assessing data, it saves your organization valuable funding dollars. You can then apply the money you save to other areas of your nonprofit.
The main driver for technology investment is the amount of time, money, and resources you will get back to give to your mission. Technology should be making your job easier, which in turn makes service delivery more abundant and effective. Nonprofit technology also opens nonprofits up to more funding if used correctly. Funders are looking to nonprofits to provide concrete data which proves the impact they have on their communities. With the right nonprofit technology, reporting and collecting that data has never been easier.
Does your current technology check every single one of these boxes? If you’ve noticed your technology does not fit into your operations, it may be time to reevaluate your functionality and reporting needs. Check out our whitepaper Maximizing your Impact with Nonprofit Technology to learn more about what the right case management software can for your organization!