In today’s digital world, the question is no longer “What is the cloud?”, but “How do I choose cloud tools that will help us do our work more efficiently?”
Our latest Nonprofits & Cloud Computing webinar series tackles the issue of how to choose and leverage cloud tools for a variety of different uses in your organization: fundraising, communications, programs, and operations.
In “Fundraising Tools, Services, and Opportunities in the Cloud,” Ira Horowitz, of Firefly Partners, walked through how to think about and approach choosing the right tool. There are a lot of tools out there, and every organization has a unique set of needs, so you need to know what to ponder and look for in order to pick a tool that works for you.
We dove into the nitty-gritty of fundraising tool elements, with questions specific to each one – but starting your search doesn’t have to be that hard. Ira concluded the webinar with some simple first steps for your decision making process.
Where do you start?
- Make a Feature Wish List (must haves, and nice to haves)
- Make a budget (how much can you spend?)
- Make a short list of tools (5-8)
- Get demos
- Ask questions!
Defining what features you need and want your tool to have, and how much you can spend, will help you narrow your search considerably. From there, it's a question of trying out the various tools and discovering what works best for your organization.
To learn more about cloud fundraising features, and examples of successful cloud fundraising campaigns, check out the recording of “Fundraising Tools, Services, and Opportunities in the Cloud”.
If you're considering adopting cloud fundraising tools - or you have already run a cloud fundraising campaign - we’d love to hear about what questions you have, and what challenges your organization has faced. Tell us about your experience in the comments below!