August 6, 2018

2018 State of the Nonprofit Cloud

Sponsored By
Microsoft

Nonprofit organizations are embracing cloud technologies to help them more powerfully serve their constituents and better connect their services and staff. But while the benefits are great, there are still some roadblocks.

NTEN and Microsoft surveyed more than 250 nonprofit professionals to produce the 2018 State of the Nonprofit Cloud report.

Some of the key findings include:

  • The benefits of hosted software and hardware include increased access, performance, features, and resources.
  • More than half of respondents said they had moved one or more services to the cloud in the past year.
  • Larger and more established organizations tend to use more cloud services and are more likely to be considering new services.
  • Smaller organizations put a slightly greater emphasis on the cost and staff time, compared with features.
  • Challenges to cloud service implementation include staff training, subscription costs, and calculating return on investment.

It is free to download for everyone. We hope you use this report to learn about how nonprofits are making decisions about cloud services and to benchmark your own organization.

 

Lyndal Cairns
Lyndal Cairns is committed to building stronger nonprofits as though our very existence depends on them. Because it does. After a decade as a newspaper and online journalist, she devoted her career to marketing for social good organizations working for sustainability, public health, education and technology. Among her proudest moments was receiving the 2015 NTEN Award for services to the nonprofit tech sector; and watching billboard ads for the Queensland AIDS Council being reinstated after a million-strong social media campaign against the homophobic decision to remove them. She and her team are currently working on a membership growth strategy for NTEN, as well as rebranding efforts. When not working, Lyndal can usually be found making mixtapes or digging in her garden.