Non-government organizations (NGOs) may have accomplished several significant projects in the community but operates on a limited timeline. They work on a per contract/per-project basis until they can find a sponsoring agency for their next project phase. This is why these NGOs make the best use of technology to be more efficient in their operations.
Here are specific instances when technology helped NGOs achieve their goals.
Non-government organizations (NGOs) may have accomplished several significant projects in the community but operates on a limited timeline. They work on a per contract/per-project basis until they can find a sponsoring agency for their next project phase. This is why these NGOs make the best use of technology to be more efficient in their operations. Projects run more efficiently tend to save more cash than those managed using traditional ways.
An improved transparency
Project implementations may have a wide scope and thus difficult to monitor and follow-up. Project monitoring is crucial in documenting the efficacy of methods used to develop trust among agencies. Transparent and speedy delivery of information also reduces accountability among executives whenever untoward incidents occur along the way.
With the Internet, NGOs may now have real-time updates from project leaders wherever they are around the globe. With this, they can update, revise and evaluate methods to implement the project efficiently. Higher ranking officials of NGOs in the medical field may also use mobile integrated health to communicate directly to health care providers, hospitals, in-home caregivers, and insurance companies.
Automation helps cost-cutting initiatives and makes operations more efficient.
With the omnipresent nature of the Internet, NGOs can deliver information, press releases, products, and services to their target market in the shortest possible time. This results in more guaranteed customer satisfaction and rapport. As information is delivered electronically, they can also serve logistics and the use of paper, printers, and other office equipment. Donors may transfer money efficiently through paperless, electronic transactions. Meanwhile, as communications and meetings may be done virtually, donors and other executives may save money used in transportations going to the meeting venue.
Facilitating engagement among target communities.
Volunteers play an important role in the success of projects. Finding good candidates who will take part in the volunteering opportunities is easier than ever with the Internet. Likewise, interested applicants can view online message boards or comment on social media posts to share their volunteering experience with an agency. This method increased the organization’s online visibility, which may lead to more converts and believers of the cause participating in the next volunteering activity. Such online discussions will also spark the attention of activists, donors, and concerned citizens, increasing the project’s relevance.
Delivering training and education
Projects don’t have to stop, even with people staying at home to avoid the looming pandemic. The Internet can be a good venue for setting up an online training platform, online courses, or educational material distribution to a target community.
Efficient Raising of Funds
Funds give life to an NGO. Without it, the organization cannot stand on its own. Instead of implementing traditional, face-to-face methods of asking for money, NGOs may set up a major fundraising effort online. Some websites specialize in the efficient processing of raising funds and collecting money more simply. Crowdfunding initiatives are also popular in raising specific amounts of money intended to complete a project.
Earning an online university degree to have a chance to start a public service career.
Those who would like to land on a higher position in an NGO may have the chance to earn a degree via distance learning. Several online universities provide programs tailored for a public service career. One example is the MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. In this program, one will gain conceptual and practical knowledge in creating positive social changes. With technology, earning this degree is done conveniently using a computer or laptop at home or in any place where one can focus on assigned tasks and readings.
Technology has been a useful tool in realizing social change. As public servants, NGOs have taken advantage of the latest technology to monitor projects, deliver outputs, communicate effectively to their constituents, raise funds, and increase further visibility. Technology can keep changing how these organizations work.
To take part in the volunteering activities, individuals should stay updated on the latest reports. They should also have the right qualification and previous experience to be considered good candidates for the position. Meanwhile, careers in NGOs are deeply satisfying as one can express their altruism to the marginalized and poor sectors of a community.