Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Brad Lebowsky, MBA, Nonprofit Consultant
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI and 1.5 PDCs by SHRM
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: Operations, IT, executive directors, CEOs, senior executive staff, board members, finance, human resources
Pundits say the future belongs to the organization that can effectively harness technology to fulfill its mission. For many nonprofits, however, this seems like a daunting task. The cost of implementing new systems, the knowledge required, the speed at which technology changes making today’s innovations obsolete tomorrow, etc., all work to deter nonprofits from investigating and embracing new technologies. Still, for the mission driven nonprofit, there is no alternative if it expects to continue to fulfill its mission and attract the funding it needs for its programs. So, when it comes to upgrading your hardware and software where should you begin? The obvious starting point is with a well thought out technology plan. In broad terms your plan should start by assessing your current use of technology and project what technologies are likely to be required over the planning period to support your mission and strategic objectives. The interval between your beginning and ending points are the steps that will be required to achieve the goals you set out in your technology plan. Your plan should span several years, and remember, this is only a plan; so, re-visiting, re-confirming, and making changes along the way is a normal part of the technology planning process. Please join Brad Lebowsky, a nonprofit consultant with decades of experience advising his clients on important operations/technology related issues, as he guides you through the development of your organization’s technology plan including a discussion of expected future nonprofit hardware and software requirements and current and emerging solutions that are intended to “fit” your budget.
During this important webinar Mr. Lebowsky will discuss:
- Defining the technology planning process
- Step-by- step guidance for writing your organization’s technology plan—a practical template which fits your organization
- Required organizational resources—both human and budgetary
- Deciding how many years your plan should cover
- Training requirements for technology, social media use, and troubleshooting
- How your mission and strategic planning objectives drive the technology planning process
- Budgeting for technology upgrades
- How the technology plan and the organization’s strategic plan and budget mesh
- Writing the crucial technology needs statement
- Future trends and requirements in computing
- Modernizing fundraising technology
- Adopting cloud software solutions
- Data security requirements
- Adapting to the remote workforce
- Utilizing data analytics such as artificial intelligence, to improve performance
- Utilizing cloud and other technology solutions as practical alternatives to buying expensive software and hardware solutions
Brad Lebowsky earned his MBA with an emphasis on nonprofit management specializing in finance and budgeting. He has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience and is a sought-after speaker, author, and nonprofit consultant. His areas of expertise include budgeting, finance, grant writing, strategic planning, board training, retention of donors, employees, volunteers, and professional development.
Brad has worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations helping them to improve their performance and better fulfill their missions. In the current period of economic uncertainty Brad has a demonstrated track record of assisting his clients to improve their operations and to identify and take advantage of new opportunities as they arise.
Brad can be reached at Brad@4NEA.com. As a speaker, author, consultant, or podcast host of the NEA Podcast on iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts, his overriding goals are to grow people, communities, and resources for nonprofit organizations across the country.