Everyone loves a good plan, and in this month's Tech4Good newsletter, we bring you some easy-to-understand information about technology planning for your nonprofit. Your organisation may not have a full time (or even part-time!) IT person, so you've probably played the role of "accidental techie" yourself. The resources we shared below focus on strategic IT planning. After reading them you just might be able to make some IT recommendations to your colleagues. Seriously.
• The Pyramid of IT Adoption An IT plan can help make the best use of technology. Your plan doesn't have to be complicated, but it should lay out clear priorities for the technology needs for your organisation. Start out by using the pyramid in this article to think about your current technology usage and how it could be improved. IT Planning for Nonprofits • Mapping out the Process So now what? Pulling together the right people and the right process is also an important next step as you build your plan. Nonprofit NPower shares their approach. Read more... Strategic Technology Planning • What's in it for Me? Australian nonprofit Infoxchange provides ICT audit and planning services. Leisure Networks availed of the Infoxchange service and shares the outcome in this case study. Read their case study here Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• Technology Planning for Nonprofits Microsoft recently spoke at the CIVICUS World Assembly with the Asian Development Bank and TechSoup Canada, focusing on the impact of technology for nonprofits. TechSoup Canada shared a wealth of online planning resources with the nonprofit conference attendees, which we want to share with you. These should help kick start your planning. Getting Started • What do we need? Wondering where to start when it comes to the technology you need? A software checklist is a good reference point. • Glossary of Technology Terms "But I don't even know what that term means?!" you might be asking yourself. If that's true, this glossary of ICT terms (information and communication technology) will serve you well. ICT Glossary • Microsoft's Language Portal Microsoft also offers a translation service for many of these terms in local language as well as language interface packs (LIPs), which are "skins" that sit on top of Microsoft Windows and Office and translate the content into local language. LIPs are available in 50 languages. Check them out. Microsoft Language Portal Microsoft Language Interface Packs • Bing Translate If you'd like to translate an article into another language, don't forget to take a look at Microsoft's translation service - Bing Translate. Microsoft Bing Translate
• Nonprofit Connection Days Get together with nonprofits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft "Connection Day".
Upcoming dates: Tuesday, 8 November 2011 - Bacolod, Philippines Thursday, 10 November 2011 - Cebu, Philippines Coming soon: Connection Days in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. For more information contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org