There’s simply no way to avoid technology these days. This isn’t a problem if the sight of computers and other devices excites you but it can be a bit of a hassle if these things are more likely to give you nightmares.
Managing technology can be one of the scariest aspects of your work as a nonprofit leader for two major reasons: It changes all the time and when you make a mistake, it can end up being very expensive. You might think you need a lot of technical skills and training to manage it but, as Holly Ross, executive director of the Drupal Association, wrote in “Nonprofit Management 101,” that isn’t the case.
“The skills that have you on the path to a successful nonprofit career are the same ones that will help you manage technology successfully,” wrote Ross, who explained that some of the main skills needed are creating a vision, understanding your needs, and solid planning.
Ross also identified seven dos and don’ts that will help you as you continue to learn how to make technology work for your nonprofit:
DON’T select mission-critical software like a donor database without first documenting your key business processes.
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