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Technology Planning

Content related to tech planning, budgeting & strategy.

Technology Planning for Nonprofits: Getting Started

By: Tierney Smith

March 3, 2011

This article is Part 1 in our series on Technology Planning for nonprofits.

Assess Your Tech: Why Nonprofits Need Technology Assessments

By: Chris Peters

This article was adapted from TechSoup's MaintainIT Project, an effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and distribute stories around maintaining and supporting public computers. Originally published September 22, 2009, this article was updated September 18, 2014 to remove old links and outdated sections.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit

Resources to help you keep disasters from becoming disastrous

Disaster preparedness isn't just about being ready for a fire or earthquake; it’s a nimble, flexible approach to your organization’s day-to-day programs and operations.

Support Ending for Windows XP and Office 2003

Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft is no longer providing security updates, assisted support options, or online content updates for Windows XP. Upgrade your nonprofit or library's operating system to stay current and protected.

Are your Technology Priorities in Order? Take the Tech Self-Assessment


Have you ever wondered: How does our nonprofit’s technology shape up? Are we taking advantage of the technology available, or are we missing out on key capabilities that other organizations take for granted?

So much to do, so little time: A simple framework for identifying technology priorities

As nonprofit leaders and staff, it seems that there’s always more to do and never enough time to do it. So looking after your organization’s technology - an area that might be out of your comfort zone - is one more thing that might slide down the priority list.

On the other had, technology is extremely important for any organization, no matter what your mission. Good technology helps you to be more efficient - to save time and reduce duplication. It also helps you to be more effective - to increase the impact of your work.

Making Sense of Software Licensing

Software licensing is a complicated topic, but knowing a little about software licensing can help you make sense of all that fine print.

Tactical technology planning

This is a recap from a presentation at the Canadian Council for Christian Charities' 2012 conference in Vancouver, given by Holly Ross from NTEN (based on resources from Idealware).

How do you know whether your technology investments are worthwhile? A good technology plan will help keep you in line with your organization's strategic goals. This blog will walk through the main steps involved in creating a tactical tech plan for your organization.

Too Many Tools, Too Little Time: Choosing the Right Tools for Your Needs

Note from Lori: This blog is a recap of Drew Bernard (from Action Sprout) and Jake Brewer's (from Fission Strategy) session "Too Many Tools, Too Little Time: Tools You Can Use To Better Engage, Track and Win" presented at the Web of Change, conference in September 2012.

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap: Get a handle on your technology - a mini-workshop

For many non-profits, computers and other technology are acquired on an ad hoc basis. As organizations grow, they can end up with a bunch of technology that is poorly tracked, with systems with different levels of reliability, compatibility and usefulness. Eventually this approach leads to lost productivity and opportunities for organizations.