IT is consistently cited at the #1 functional challenge for nonprofits. Many organizations see technology as more of a luxury item, but in today's digital world, having technological know-how is necessary for any organization to operate efficiently and effectively.
NPower is a national nonprofit whose mission is to help thousands of other nonprofits improve their IT and communities they serve. We provide hands-on technology service, tools and training to nonprofits and IT training to underserved young adults throughout the U.S.
Our new program, The Community Corps, is dedicated to connecting IT pro bono consultants to nonprofits. Our goal is to deliver enormous value to resource-constrained nonprofits.
Technology is a powerful tool when used well, but for too many nonprofits, technology is a source of never-ending confusion and frustration. 40% of the country's nonprofits have no IT staff or support. A whopping 88% of nonprofits surveyed say they have inadequate IT support. A lot of organizations simply don't have the budget or resources.
This is where The Community Corps come in. We match nonprofits with IT volunteers and have created a powerful community of nonprofits, corporations and skilled professionals who share a passion for using technology to make a difference in people's lives. We are more specialized than other volunteer matching sites as we focus only on IT. We also service nonprofits from all over the country and most of our pro bono experts come from our corporate partners such as Cisco, Accenture and American Express.
How does it work?
IT professionals who want to volunteer create a profile detailing their skills and qualifications and what they are passionate about. We screen all volunteers, take their skill set, and then match it to a nonprofit that needs help.
Nonprofits join the Community Corps by registering on our website. Registration is free, but you will need an EIN number to create a profile. Once you have created a profile, start a project. Don't know what exactly you need or how to verbalize your request? We have created project scopes for you to choose from. Project Categories such as communications, social media, tech advisor, and data migration are listed. You will also have the ability to create custom projects.
After your project is posted, we connect you with the top 3 volunteers for your project based on their skills set and preferences. You won't have to sift through 100's of volunteers wondering if they can do the job or not. Pick a volunteer you want to work with and you're ready!
It's easy and free! Get started with The Community Corps.
For more information about Community Corps and a full demo on how to use Community Corps to find IT volunteers, check out the full recording of this webinar.
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Adapted by Kristina Leroux