Updating your IT infrastructure can really add to the efficiency and effectiveness of your organization, but the cost of just an initial assessment could be prohibitive. You might think that revamping or replacing an entire system might be out of the question.
If you find yourself in such a bind, I have two suggestions for you.
First, local colleges and universities are loaded with IT savvy students willing to lend their expertise. They participate in consulting clubs and donate their time to local for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations to gain some experience and add to their resumes. This is often a great place to start looking for help.
Second, I just finished reading an Orange County Business Journal article by Shelly Hoss, the President of the Orange County Community Foundation, where she reminds nonprofits of the great work of Groundwork Group, a nonprofit organization that offers affordable IT consulting to nonprofits. This organization is itself a nonprofit and it focuses exclusively on nonprofits.
Are administrative processes carving out too much of the time your nonprofit should be spending on improving your community? Take some time to assess, with some outside help, the likelihood that you can create efficiencies in the way you manage your organization.