Nonprofits depend on fundraising to provide social services, whether we’re talking about a public health advocate, flood relief organization or women’s shelter. Much of that money comes from large donors, government budgets and corporate social responsibility schemes, but nonprofits also keep running thanks to small, individual contributions.
Making predictions for the future is key to success, especially within the face-paced tech industry. Each year, TechSoup Canada predicts key tech and web design trends that will affect nonprofits the most. It’s our prediction that 2016 will be the year of tech interconnectivity.
It's the start of a new year and we've just looked at five high-tech trends and five nonprofit tech trends. While it's fun predicting all the trends in technology, we believe it's also important to remember best practices to ensure we use technology effectively. Here are three best practices that are essential to a nonprofit’s success:
While it’s very interesting to follow all the high-tech trends, it’s highly unlikely for trends such as virtual reality, wearable technologies and assistive robotic technologies to impact your nonprofit’s day-to-day operations in 2014. So here’s our predictions of tech trends that should be top of mind for nonprofits:
With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, it’s hard at times for nonprofits keep up and determine which tech trends are worth their investment. To help nonprofits start the new year right, Jane Zhang (ED of TechSoup Canada and Director of Online Services at the Centre for Social Innovation) highlighted five cutting-edge tech trends to follow, five important trends nonprofits should embrace in 2014, and three best practices for using technology.
It seems like there's a new crowdfunding website out there every week,
but which one is right for your nonprofit? I looked at a few popular
crowdfunding sites and dissected their cost plans, nonprofit support,
and special features. What platform you choose really depends on the
size of your nonprofit and what sort of campaign you plan to run.
The evening focused on highlighting a number of important trends in the tech world that present new and interesting opportunities for nonprofits to provide services, reach supporters, raise funds, and build community.
So where does Star Trek fit into all of this? TechSoup Canada's Executive Director, Jane Zhang, kicked off the event by linking Star Trek technology and gadgets to the trends we’re seeing become popular today, including GPS, voice recognition, mobile, cloud, social, big data and gaming.
Do you have staff who work offsite? Do you ever work from home - to get some focused work done, if you're not feeling well or if the weather is bad? Do you have multiple offices in different locations? In all of these cases, there's a need to connect with coworkers and access your files and systems remotely.