Kristin and I had a great conference call yesterday with Andrea Berry from Idealware. Idealware provides assistance to nonprofits in all areas of software and technology–social media, donor management systems, volunteer management systems, accounting software etc. Their goal is to break down technology for nonprofits so it is both easy to understand and easy to access and to help nonprofits make smart decisions about software and technology. They also provide great blogs, research, and reports and provide webinars on a wide variety of topics. (Oh, and did I mention they are also a nonprofit? Awesome.)
Now before I get too far into this article, I realize that this sounds like some kind of infomercial or shameless plug for Idealware. I assure you it’s not meant as any kind of sales pitch. However, we’ve utilized them a lot as a resource for social media and their tools have been really beneficial for us as an organization and as we provide trainings for nonprofits.
More importantly, I think it’s crucial that nonprofits feel comfortable embracing the technology that they need. We’ve facilitated a lot of trainings lately where the topic of technology has been raised and has been viewed with feelings of intimidation or trepidation. Much of this fear or uncertainty stems from lack of knowledge. And let’s face it, in the busy nonprofit sector, we don’t all have time to keep up-to-date on the latest blogs, articles, and trends in software and technology. We fall behind and then we feel like it’s impossible to catch up. Idealware is a great resource because they do this work for you. It’s all there and it’s easy to access and understand (even for the most novice of techies). This not only saves you time, it allows you to work smarter.
Many larger nonprofits have the resources and the dollars to embrace any kind of technology of software they want/need. However, for the smaller nonprofit, the prospect of embracing new technology and software can sometimes seem daunting (or really expensive). It doesn’t have to be. We’re all trying to run our nonprofits more efficiently and on fewer resources. It’s time to start working smarter. The right technology and software can provide nonprofits with ways to raise efficiency, promote their mission, and make a positive impact.
Ready to start working smarter? Head on over to Idealware’s site, www.idealware.org.