Most nonprofits have at least one thing in common: regardless of their missions, they need to provide a secure, reliable technology infrastructure that allows staff to carry out the day-to-day work. But budget and staff constraints often make it a challenge for organizations to find and provide optimal solutions to technology needs—especially smaller ones.
Regardless of mission, nonprofits often have basic technology needs that overlap, including office productivity software, email platforms, accounting and payroll, data backup, and donor or fundraising databases. If parts of that infrastructure could be consolidated, could they streamline their efficiency and shore up infrastructure while freeing up resources for mission-related activities and staff?
We talked to a few organizations doing just that to see just what functions they’re sharing, and how it works. We identified three possible models for sharing back-office functions, as explained in our summary findings.
You can also read the case studies for four of the organizations we talked with:
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