How Outsourcing IT Can Help Non-Profit Organizations
Non-profit organizations need to stay connected with their donors, partners, and sponsors for their operations, outreach, and fundraising efforts. But as the digital landscape evolves, the need to have reliable technology, software, and security measures becomes even more critical.
According to a report by Deloitte, businesses spent more than $700 billion on outsourcing in 2022, and spending on IT outsourcing is projected to reach $519 billion in 2023. This includes many non-profit organizations who are turning to outsourcing their IT needs to specialized service providers. In this article, we’ll explore the key benefits of outsourcing IT for non-profit organizations and how it can positively impact their mission.
Benefits of Outsourcing IT
Outsourcing IT can be daunting to consider at first for organizations, but the benefits IT outsourcing can bring to nonprofits can include:
One of the most significant benefits non-profit organizations can reap from outsourcing IT is cost savings. Maintaining an in-house IT team can be expensive in terms of salaries, equipment, and infrastructure. Outsourcing IT can offer a fraction of the cost while maintaining the same level of expertise and service or, in some cases, even more service. By outsourcing IT, non-profit organizations can free up resources to focus on their core mission and activities. In our article “Can Managed IT Save a Business Money?”, we go further into depth in regard to how managed IT could be financially beneficial to businesses.
Access to Expertise
IT outsourcing providers are specialized in their field, and they typically hire staff with a wealth of skills and knowledge in different areas of IT. Non-profit organizations often have limited budgets and lack the funding to hire a full-time in-house IT team, let alone a team of experts with various certifications and qualifications. Outsourcing IT gives non-profits access to a wider variety of IT services and expertise scenarios. For more information on the difference between hiring an IT Tech or a Managed IT company, take a look at “Hiring an IT Tech vs. a Managed IT Company”.
Outsourcing IT ensures that non-profit organizations have access to experts to address any issues when they arise. IT downtime can be catastrophic for non-profit operations, particularly when it comes to donor and sponsor connections. Outsourcing IT providers can maintain and manage the systems proactively and ensure that the organization's technology is up to date, monitored, and optimized with routine maintenance and troubleshooting when necessary.
Security and Compliance
Non-profit organizations deal with sensitive information about their donors, sponsors, and their organization's financials. Hackers often target non-profit entities in search of financial and personal data and perceived vulnerabilities. Outsourcing IT providers maintain various security measures to safeguard sensitive information and ensure that non-profit organizations meet regulatory requirements to avoid penalties. For more information on how to protect the security and data of your business, take a look at our “Steps to Practice Online Safety and Cybersecurity”.
Flexibility and Scalability
Outsourcing IT services can offer non-profit organizations flexibility and scalability as they grow and evolve. Service providers offer customized solutions for businesses' IT needs while also providing the necessary technologies to adapt to any shifts or changes in the organization's digital needs. As non-profit organizations expand their operations, outsourcing IT providers can adjust their service offerings accordingly.
Ensure Reliable IT for Your Business
Non-profit organizations play a vital role in society, providing valuable services to those in need while operating under tight budgets and limited resources. At Usherwood, we believe as the importance of technology continues to grow in the non-profit sector, it's essential for organizations to have a reliable IT infrastructure in place to support their mission.
Outsourcing IT provides non-profit organizations with the required support while minimizing costs and maximizing their outreach. To ensure your organization has IT to rely on when needed the most, reach out to Usherwood today to receive a tech evaluation and see how you can strengthen your IT today.