The Benefits of TechSoup.org for Non-Profits
Decision-makers for non-profit organizations have a responsibility not only to ensure that the bulk of donations collected go toward the cause in question, but also to account for every dollar spent in pursuit of that goal. While there are peripheral expenses for staff, facilities, equipment, and operating costs, many non-profits try to keep such expenses to a minimum. The unfortunate truth is that this can lead to serious deficiencies when it comes to necessary computing power and technological infrastructure. While a managed service provider can offer discount services, they may not have access to the latest technologies or provide these products at a an affordable cost to make non-profit operations more efficient and productive.
This is where TechSoup.org comes in. TechSoup.org is a non-profit organization whose mission is as follows: “TechSoup Global is working toward a time when every nonprofit and NGO on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.” TechSoup connects non-profits like yours with the latest tech products and services as well as learning resources to make informed decisions about technology while doing so at a price a non-profit with any budget can afford.
This is good news for non-profit organizations that are behind the curve, technologically speaking. TechSoup wants to help entities like yours reach their full potential by providing the technological products and resources that allow you to extend your reach and bring about social change.
Getting started is easy. You begin by checking out the resources TechSoup offers for free. They provide a variety of articles, blogs, and webinars designed to help non-profits like yours increase operating knowledge of technology and learn how it can help to advance businesses. They also have forums hosted by industry experts so you can ask questions and explore options where technology is concerned.
One of the best ways to improve and expand any business is through knowledge, and at TechSoup, knowledge is granted for free. While you could find a technology service firm that will provide your organization with a free consultation and then advise you on how to improve your operation by utilizing proper technology, such implementation costs are often cost-prohibitive. The products and resources available at TechSoup will help your non-profit identify technology and infrastructure needs while also providing those products at an affordable price.
The next step is to register your organization with TechSoup. Most 501(c)3 non-profits are entitled to some savings. A brief eligibility check based on organization type and budget will determine whether or not you’re qualified to join their group of donor partners and receive discounted programs or products. To date, TechSoup has provided more than 180,000 donor partners with the discounted technology they need to further their operations and better reach their goals. Once you’re qualified, you can begin to request the products or needed to advance your mission. ETTE is here to help you make the most out of your free Techsoup membership.
With a network of over 60 partners donating technology, TechSoup can offer plenty of targeted products and resources to non-profits in need of assistance. Whether you’re looking for the latest version of Window Operating System, increased security with better antivirus/anti-spyware protection, or you need accounting software that will help you to get more organized, TechSoup has the resources you need to increase efficiency and grow your operation. Their prestigious slate of partners includes industry leaders such as Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, Microsoft, and Symantec. This means that organizations like yours can enjoy the same products corporate counterparts rely on for daily operations, but at a significantly discounted rate.
As a non-profit organization you could find yourself at a decided disadvantage when it comes to generating the necessary funds to further your operation. Unlike other types of business that can afford to pay for software licensing in order to build state-of-the-art infrastructure, you have to count every penny and make sure that any funding is being spent wisely. When you partner with TechSoup, you can gain access to the technological knowledge and resources that will help you to have a greater impact within your community.
TechSoup has made it their goal to provide non-profits with the technological resources required to enact social change on a grander scale. If you’re struggling to maintain or grow your organization and you know that improving your infrastructure could help you to stabilize or even expand operations, don’t hesitate to look into the many benefits to be gained by partnering with TechSoup.