4 Ways Innovative Technology Helps Non-Profits

Technology continues to evolve and shows no signs of slowing down. Every time you turn around, a new software or tool is being released into the market. Trying to find the right solution that will help increase effectiveness throughout your company without blowing budget can be overwhelming. Large corporations are able to have select individuals who can dedicate large amounts of time to researching and selecting the most appropriate tool. However, non-profits aren’t as lucky. Usually dealing with limited budgets and lean staff, they’re unable keep up with changing technology.

If you’re looking for solutions that can help your non-profit succeed, try these following options:

  • 1.       Social Media

One of the best things about social media is that it’s free. Facebook and Twitter serve as great tools that can help your organization network with potential partners, volunteers and donors.  Social media also makes it easy to stay engaged with your audience. You can ask them questions, brag about your most recent success or thank others who have helped.

  • 2.       Mobile Card Reader

Who carries cash anymore? You may seriously be limiting the amount of money you’re able to raise by only accepting cash for sales and donations at your various events and fundraisers. Give people the option to pay with credit or debit by using the Square device.

This free, small plastic device plugs directly into your iPad, iPhone or Android. It acts as a credit/debit card swipe machine. The money is directly deposited to your account minus a small transaction fee.

  • 3.       Virtual Meetings

It can prove difficult to schedule important meetings with board members because of limited availability. With online meeting globalmeettools like iMeet or GlobalMeet, members can participate in face-to-face meetings from just about anywhere. They don’t even have to be in front of a computer. Members can attend, host and still contribute to meetings from their tablets or smartphones.

This feature can also be appealing to potential new board members. Individuals who are interested, but busy may be more likely to become board members if they know they are not required to physically attend every meeting.

  • 4.       Financial Organizer

A small non-profit organization may not have a particular person who is responsible for keeping up with the organization’s finances. Mint is a free software that organizes your spending into easy-to-understand charts. Using the same security as banks, you can rest assure all of your account information is safe and secure.

Technology does not differ between non-profit and profit organizations. However, because most nonprofits operate on limited budgets, technology allows these types of organizations to effectively communicate with donors, schedule volunteers and stay-up-to-date on various funding opportunities without spending large amounts of money.

Are you interested in learning more about how our virtual meeting products can help increase collaboration within your non-profit organization? Try an iMeet free-trial today.

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About Lorna L.

Originally from Florida, Lorna moved to Atlanta to join the PGi team. In between trying to get used to Atlanta traffic and the crazy weather, she spends her free time playing with her dog, Mylo. Lorna enjoys writing about online collaboration tools and meeting tips.

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