True to their name, nonprofits are dedicated to a particular cause or mission rather than to pursuing profit. They are typically run by volunteers and staff members who are passionate about their work but may not possess the technical skills or background needed to keep the organization’s IT systems running smoothly. This is why a managed IT services provider (MSP) can be a valuable asset for nonprofits.
Here are some of the ways nonprofits can benefit from MSPs:
Access to IT expertise
MSPs are composed of specialists in various fields of IT. They can help nonprofits with anything from developing and implementing a new IT strategy to managing day-to-day tasks like troubleshooting and website hosting. This partnership is comparable to hiring an in-house IT team with the same expertise as tech departments in big corporations, albeit at a fraction of the cost.
MSPs can help nonprofits with anything from developing and implementing a new IT strategy to managing day-to-day tasks like troubleshooting and website hosting.
Nonprofits usually rely on sponsorships and donations for their operations. They must therefore be mindful of their expenses and find ways to cut costs whenever possible. MSPs can help by providing cost-effective IT solutions that fit nonprofit organizations' budget and needs. For instance, an MSP can recommend cloud-based solutions that are known to be more affordable than their physical and on-premises counterparts.
IT security is a top concern for nonprofits since they handle sensitive data, such as the personal information of donors and beneficiaries. MSPs can protect nonprofits by implementing the latest cybersecurity technologies and best practices. They can also perform around-the-clock network monitoring to quickly identify and address any potential threats before these compromise the organization’s operations.
Some nonprofits have to comply with specific regulatory requirements. For example, those that handle healthcare data are subject to HIPAA regulations. MSPs can help nonprofits meet these compliance regulations by implementing the required IT solutions and policies.
Flexible and scalable solutions
When they partner with an MSP, nonprofits can easily scale their IT infrastructure up or down according to their current needs. This is a valuable asset for organizations that experience sudden changes in their operational capacity, such as during a fundraising campaign or emergency relief effort.
Additionally, MSPs can tailor their services to the specific requirements of nonprofits. For instance, they can prioritize tasks that are aligned with the organization's missions, such as developing a mobile app for a charity that focuses on helping the homeless.
Peace of mind
IT problems can disrupt the operations of nonprofits and prevent them from achieving their goals. Fortunately, MSPs can handle all of the organization's IT needs, so the staff can focus on their core tasks. This partnership can also provide peace of mind in knowing that there is always someone to turn to for support whenever a tech-related issue arises.
Efficient remote teams
Many nonprofits have field-based employees. MSPs can support these remote teams by providing them with secure access to the organization's systems and data. They can also set up virtual private networks and other solutions to ensure that team members can collaborate seamlessly, regardless of their location.
Nonprofits have specific IT needs that MSPs like Fidelis can provide. Our experts can help by identifying your organization's unique needs and developing a customized IT solution that fits your budget and requirements.
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