“Share everything.” It’s the first idiom in Robert Fulghum’s famous book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” (My personal fave is, “Warm cookies and milk are good for you.” However, it doesn’t really apply to the topic at hand.)
And, though Fulghum probably wasn’t thinking about technology integration when he crafted his list, “share” certainly applies, and is really terrific advice.
At your organization, you likely work with a myriad of applications and technology – from general software solutions that improve day-to-day operations, to more specialized systems based on your unique mission and infrastructure needs.
To operate efficiently and ensure mission delivery, your various departments and technologies need to share key data and knowledge. Technology integrations provide your organization with automated integration, equipping you with the tools needed for seamless data collection, data sharing, data analysis, and specialized reporting.
Some of the most successful organizations lean on technology integrations to improve how they manage, track, and report on mission-specific dollars, activities, and success.
Additionally, technology integrations can go a long way toward bolstering interdepartmental relationships. Our Nonprofit Finance & Accounting Study reveals active involvement between the finance and fundraising departments ranks pretty low. A tighter integration between the team bringing in the money and the team managing the money can only benefit the organization by providing a single, shared view of the fiscal health and mission of the organization. Integrated technologies can be a valuable catalyst.
In our recent live webinar with AICPA, we discussed critical systems that make up everyday technology, and integrations that drive efficiency for nonprofits.
Understanding different types of integration and how they work to connect users with data – from shared data tables to flat file and API integrations – helps organization leaders align needs with the right technology solutions.
The key benefits of technology integrations at nonprofits include the ability to:
- Analyze key data and information in specific, specialized, or certain way based on individual application capabilities
- Create consistency and minimize data entry errors
- Streamline workflows and reduce entry between systems
- Save time and create efficiency
Watch the recording of “Everyday Technology for Nonprofits” to learn more about technology for nonprofits and the importance of software integrations for key technologies at your organization.