Nonprofit Technology Resources

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The availability of nonprofit technology is at an all-time high. Nonprofits have access to top level research, tools and support at no or low cost.

Below are five technology resources that every nonprofit needs to know about.  Utilizing donations and services from these top five, BVU has managed to save thousands of dollars in technology costs. 



1idealware is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  that provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart technology decisions.

Nonprofits maintain a complicated relationship with technology. Most know that software can streamline their processes and help fulfill their missions more efficiently and effectively, yet lean staffing and tight budgets mean they're unable to devote the time necessary keep up with new technologies and find the right tools.

From the most basic questions (like how to use software to help manage emailing hundreds of people at once), to the more complex (like understanding the role of social networking and mobile phone text-messaging in fundraising strategy), idealware is a trusted source for answers.


Google for Nonprofits  offers organizations access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Google Apps business productivity suite can help your  nonprofit run more efficiently, while Google Ad Grants can help you reach new donors and volunteers.


3TechSoup offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources and support. In addition, they offer a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock, where nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.  Software is available to nonprofits at a fraction of the cost.  Donations from Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Symantec and many more. 


5 Foundation works to leverage's people, products and resources to help improve communities around the world.  Through thePower of Us program, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions can get access to products and resources. Nonprofits are eligible to receive 10 donated Enterprise Edition licenses, deep discounts on additional licenses, training and events. 



4Tech Impact is a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure all nonprofits can use technology to better serve our world. At Tech Impact, their philosophy is "Cloud-First". Cloud technologies are often the most cost-effective and sustainable solutions for nonprofits. The cloud makes enterprise-level technology affordable for nonprofits. Tech Impact is a Office 365 Cloud Champion Partner with over 40,000 users on-board, and named a top 3% Microsoft implementer. In addition to their cloud services, they also offer help desk, file and data management, and digital marketing.