There is little disagreement that technology should be viewed as a strategic asset by nonprofits. At minimum, every nonprofit should at least be considering the assessment of their current state of technology and developing a plan that aligns technology with strategic goals and augments organizational efforts, while effectively managing risk. Without this type of analysis and planning, maintaining a high enough level of technical competence may prove to be impossible.
• Technology assessments provide the foundation for developing long term strategic plans
• Technology assessments should be conducted through the lens of reliability, security, and usability.
• Technology plans may guide everything from eliminating paper-intensive processes to developing systems that are secure, interconnected and sustainable.
• Technology plans can contain ways to keep pace with rapid technology change.
• Technology plans increase confidence of internal stakeholders as well as boards and funders.