Better I.T. For a Better World
Our Mission: IT4Causes, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides stable, secure, and sustainable information technology solutions that enable other nonprofit organizations to focus on their missions and serve their clients better, with lower total cost to their organization and the community.
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Why IT Matters
Our Impact, 2016
|2016 has been a great year of impact for us, and we hope it’s been a good year for you as well. In our second full year of operations, we’ve served more agencies with IT strategy and solutions, refined our own strategy, grown our networks, and moved down the path towards sustainability. Like any young startup though, we still face many challenges, and as a community-supported nonprofit, we turn to our supporters to ask of your time, talent, and treasure. We hope you’ll consider including IT4Causes in your year-end giving as you read more about our work below.
20 Agencies Served
Using the IT4Causes model of a few paid staff supplemented with lots of skilled IT volunteerism, we’ve been able to substantially increase the number of nonprofits we serve. In 2016, twenty agencies received expert information technology assistance from us. We’ve also been taking on larger projects with larger agencies, even while we still serve small and midsize agencies.
Common IT Challenges for Small and Mid-sized Nonprofits:
In addition to problems faced by most organizations, the unique nature of nonprofits creates even more challenges:
- Lack of knowledgeable, dedicated IT staff due to lack of funding
- No long-term IT strategy
- Productivity loss and other risks from unstable servers, unreliable networks, lack of redundancy, inconsistent backups, and inadequate security
Agencies often ask volunteers to help out, but this can result in:
- Loss of knowledge when volunteers move on
- Inconsistent configurations over time
- Cobbled-together solutions that are not maintainable
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Last year was a great year for us and we hope it was a good year for you. Thanks to your generous gifts of time and talent, IT4Causes was able to serve 22 agencies across the Richmond area in 2016. While skills and time are invaluable direct contributions to our agencies, did you know that […]
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