Can We Afford to Update our IT Systems and Programs?

Larry Tucker

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 online casinos 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.   

Author: Larry Tucker, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org       

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2 Responses to “Can We Afford to Update our IT Systems and Programs?”

  1. Larry Tucker says:

    Thanks Gene! Good reminder that technology should be viewed as an enabler, not a barrier.

  2. Gene Elias says:

    Hi Larry,

    Great article and the truth is that nonprofits can take advantage of the paradigm shift that technology provides today – to improve efficiencies and grow capacity.

    Just in the short time I have been running GroundWork group Orange County, I’ve had an opportunity to connect with a wide range of nonprofits in Orange County and Southern California. And when you see the good things that are being accomplished and ask yourself “how can they expand this?” the answer invariably is “through technology.” And that now becomes a stumbling block. It’s intimidating, “I don’t understand it”, and it is costly. We’re working to take away that barrier – through education, helping with strategies and providing products and services to create a better understanding and hopefully a paradigm shift. What we have found is that by laying out a strategy that incorporates technology, budgeting for professional expertise as well as equipment, and encouraging funders to allow grant funds to embrace technology as well as mission support, total cost of ownership is reduced and the nonprofit’s capacity grows well beyond the investment dollar.

    Gene Elias
    CEO
    GroundWork group Orange County