When it comes to technology, non-profits always struggle to stay ahead of the game. Typically working on aged, donated workstations and unreliable networks with old servers, staying efficient a huge struggle. Many nonprofit executives know that they need to embrace emerging technologies, but aren’t quite sure how to do so with their (typically non-existent) budget. Thankfully, some of the largest players in technology have started offering discounted or free services to qualifying non-profit organizations. Along with these discounts, there are a few other things that can help non-profit organizations save money on technology.
- Utilize (the right) technology donations.
Technology donations are a great thing – and many SMBs are usually happy to help out. But sifting through what can be kept and what should be sold or thrown out can be difficult for a non-profit that isn’t skilled in technology. Many workstations need to be upgraded and reformatted in order to work for the purposes they’re intended for. Make sure that you’re only accepting equipment that will work for its intended purpose and partner with a technology resource who can help ensure that all your donated technology is up to par.
- Trade for technology services.
One of the benefits of being a non-profit organization is that most non-profits run charity events throughout the year. These events are a great opportunity for other organizations to gain exposure in the community. Your charity events are the perfect opportunity to trade with technology vendors in exchange for their services. Many Managed Services Providers (us included) are more than happy to donate their services in exchange for sponsor recognition at popular events.
- Discounted licensing and services.
One of the biggest benefits of being a non-profit is all of the discounts on technology licensing and services. Non-profit organizations can pay thousands every year for e-mail and Windows licensing. What some don’t realize is that Microsoft and many other SaaS organizations have begun offering free or discounted resource to non-profit organizations. Here is a short list:
If you’re a non-profit organization that is struggling with outdated technology, it’s time to make a change. Start by looking into some of the discounted applications and licensing available to you and find a technology partner that can help you to best leverage these services and donations. With a little bit of diligent research and the right provider on your side, you can save tens of thousands of dollars on your technology and run much more efficiently – using more of your resources where they should be used: to cater to the cause that you’re serving.