Background

Jerry's McGuire's (1996) movie "Show Me The Money" might be the theme for today's nonprofit.  With withering budget cuts by state and local governments, massive downward adjustments in federal spending and significantly reduced public financial support, nonprofits must take steps to weather the financial storm.  Added to this economic downturn is the reduction of household incomes which adversely affect individual donations.

At the same time, the service demands on nonprofits have as measurably increased.  More people are turning to nonprofits for assistance.  Here are some of the facts revealed in the "2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey Results" conducted by the Nonprofit Finance Fund.  These figures have not appreciably changed during the intervening years:
  • 90% of all survey respondents say things will be as hard or harder for their clients in 2013 .
  • 79% of respondents saw an increase in demand for services in 2012.
  • 85% expect demand to climb again in 2013.
  • Over half couldn't meet demand in 2012, and probably won't be able to in 2013 either.
  • 1 in 3 organizations received less government money in 2012 than in 2011.
  • 29% of organizations had a deficit in 2012, and 31% broke even.
There are ways that the nonprofit can address the funding shortfall and increase services demand.  They can include, for example, a reduction of their services and/or the number of clients served, release paid staff, combine or partner with organizations having similar or complementary missions. 

One area having potential benefit to leverage existing resources is the use of information technology (IT).  A review of the literature shows that most nonprofits are not satisfied with the extent to which they have integrated IT into administrative functions and the delivery of program services.  They recognize that more could be done with IT.  Lack of funding, time, and expertise are some of the barriers preventing nonprofits from harnessing the full potential of this technology. 

To address this situation Nonprofit IT Resources offers these options:


Nonprofit IT Resources continually updates a catalog of no-cost software and IT services from which to choose.  Any selection should be preceded by an analysis of the organization's mission, operating plans, and IT specifications.  This will ensure a proper "match" between needs and matching resources.  These  resources may either be used "in the cloud" or installed and operated on the client's resident computing resource, e.g., personal computer "on the deskktop."

Nonprofit IT Resources will assist in the creation of a website with no-cost hosting and support software using cloud computing.  Training is provided so that the client will eventually assume the website's maintenance.   This will permit the client to change the website as their requirements change.  Examples of previous website creation and support may be found "at the website."

All organizations wishing to receive assistance from Nonprofit IT Resources must be recognized as a tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service.  Click here for addition information published by the Internal Revenue Service regarding eligibility.

Did you know?  Because information is at the heart of what most nonprofit organizations do, information technology plays an increasingly essential role. Some nonprofits exist solely or primarily to gather, digest, and distribute information, while others gather, track, and provide information about what they do in order to engage and sustain sponsors and supporters. Most use technology to handle essential infrastructure – keeping membership lists, receiving and tracking donations, and so on. All nonprofits need some level of technology, and some wouldn't exist without it.    Source: World Changing