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It's Not a Question of Whether Nonprofits Need Technology

its-not-question-of-whether-nonprofits-need-technology-image1.pngIt's a Question of How They Will Use It Most Effectively

According to a 2012 Nonprofits Communication Trend Report by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, 7 of the top 10 necessities for nonprofits to survive include: a Web site, e-newsletters, social media, blogging, online video capabilities, and the ability to accept donations through their Web sites. The report states, "Increasing a charity's ability to tap its stakeholders, improve processes, consistently increase their knowledge, and attract resources to deliver on its mission and fulfill its vision are items that all nonprofit boards should be involved in implementing."

At issue here is that many small and medium nonprofit organizations do not have the staff, expertise, or budget to navigate their way through the flood of technology innovations developing on the Internet.

Working Together to Help Charities Succeed through Technology and Transparency ...

In a special partnership with GuideStar, is offering exclusive free membership, tools, and services to GuideStar Exchange participants that have earned a Silver or Gold Participation Logo. These exclusive free tools and services include free Web hosting, Web builder, search engine optimization (SEO) consulting, and social venture consulting. In addition, a membership includes other free tools, including Web design, graphic design, virtual office, fund development, language translation, e-commerce mall, Web security, Web filtration, social media, and password management and protection.

The membership is free and allows nonprofits access not only to the free toolbox but also to the online community, which aligns nonprofits with volunteers, business sponsors, and donors and highlights each charity. The community facilitates discussion, collaboration, project recruiting, and resource sharing and provides a forum for sharing new ideas and best practices. Nonprofit leaders can seek available resources from other nonprofits, volunteers, businesses, and donors on a local, regional, or national level who seek to donate their time, talent, and resources.

Raymond Henderson,
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Raymond Henderson is the executive eirector of, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002. offers free technology tools and resources to thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada. Raymond has served as an executive director in the nonprofit sector since 1999 and has received multiple honors and awards.

Topics: Nonprofit Leadership and Practice