Chapter 12Technology & Data

A nonprofit organization’s technology and data functions may be managed by a central department, decentralized to functional divisions of the organization, or outsourced to an outside vendor. Each approach to managing and supporting your organization’s technology needs comes with its own set of risks. Largely because of cost and limits on technology funding in government contracts and foundation grants, too many nonprofit organizations depend on older hardware and multiple, dated software platforms. The drag caused by aging technology affects organization performance and the ability to generate data and reports. These elements taken together create an environment that is ripe for risk.

Nonprofits may be more prone ...

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