Money saving advice from TNB

Nonprofits frequently suffer the hardship of not having enough money or resources to properly fulfill their missions.  With over 20 years of experience and service to nonprofits in the Boston area, we have recognized where nonprofits can get the most bang for their buck.

Have a fundraising event? Use Boston Charity Events! Tech Networks sponsors a free event listing service which promotes charity events and raises awareness for great causes. A monthly newsletter featuring listings from the site is distributed to over 10,000 Boston area event-goers. Nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes use Boston Charity Events to expand their reach, collaborate with others and reach their fundraising goals.

Plan for the future instead of spending money on short-term fix-its. Utilize strategic planning services or have your current IT state assessed in order to pinpoint recurring problems. By aligning your IT initiatives with your strategic priorities, you can find solutions to your problem areas and plan where you can save money in the long run. Continually tracking progress keeps your organization updated and everyone on the pathway to success.

Have someone do a utility audit. You can find ways to save money in your office by changing out the lightbulbs, installing insulation, updating your windows and updating your appliances to lower electricity costs. Tech Networks partners with the Climate Action Business Association (CABA), who provide the tools and resources necessary to help businesses take individual actions and steps towards becoming more sustainable.

Be aware of the discounts! Don’t be afraid to ask. There might be some discounts offered for prepaying a bill or paying within a certain amount of time. For example, TNB gives discounts to clients who choose to sign up for our automatic payment option.  Certain tech websites offer free or reduced software and licensing for nonprofits.

  • Mobile Beacon offers non-profits wireless internet access at a discount.
  • There are discounted programs for education, government and non-profits from many software publishers such as Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec and others. Right now, Microsoft is donating 250+ products and you can check them out here.
  • Some manufacturers such as IBM offer discounted or donated equipment to qualifying organizations.
  • Several cloud-based applications for CRM and donor management are available to non-profits at a discount.

Sites such as TechSoup provide donated and low-cost technology resources such as software and refurbished hardware and Salesforce.com for Non-Profits includes a pre-configured version of the software for organizations that track and manage individual donors, volunteers and clients. Microsoft Office 365 plans are also free for nonprofits!

Use volunteers instead of staff. There are many people who volunteer to support great causes, or simply because they enjoy doing something other than their full-time career. When seeking volunteers, offer free membership to your organization or some other perk. TNB offers PTO time in exchange for volunteer hours to encourage our employees to spend time helping our mission-driven clients. Having a strong volunteer coalition at your organization boosts morale and connects you with other members of the community, as well as your clients.

Nothing feels better than saving a little dough! Use these tips to help your nonprofit be more cost conscious in the long run and just in time for the holiday season.

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