Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Back-up Plan For Technology

Stop and think for moment about all the technology we use in fundraising. From cell phones to high-speed internet, we depend on our gadgets to keep us working and raising money.

I live out in the country and 99% of the time I love it! It’s beautiful and the pace of life is nice and slow. The biggest drawback is limited choices for internet connection. (We have high-speed internet through our satellite dish. How it works, I don’t have a clue, but then again, I don’t need to.) Usually, the connection is pretty good, but when it storms, forget it.

It’s been very illuminating to me how much I depend on technology. I feel really lost without access to the internet. I often laugh and tell people I can work anywhere I can take my laptop and cell phone. But I do have to have them. Otherwise, I couldn’t stay in touch with donors and clients.

I’m sure you probably know this, but we all need to have a back-up plan for technology. The most important thing is to back up your data, particularly your donor-tracking information. Keep a copy somewhere outside of your office. Know what plan B is in case your computer systems go down. Know how you will communicate with your donors and staff in case of loss of phones or heaven forbid, an emergency.

It’s so easy to think “that will never happen to me”, but the truth is, it can. Better be safe than sorry.

Having the ability to restore your data in the event of an emergency can be priceless in the right circumstances. You hope you’ll never need it, but if you do, you’ll be so grateful you did.