Small nonprofits lag in technology

With little money or staff to invest in technology, small nonprofits are falling farther behind their counterparts in larger organizations, a new study says.

The Nonprofit IT Staffing Survey, conducted by NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network and by The NonProfit Times, questioned more than 1,000 organizations about their information technology salaries, investments, sophistication and satisfaction.

Four in 10 small nonprofits have no salary expenses related to technology, the report says, and two in 10 have a tech budget of zero.

On average, nonprofits have one tech staffer for every five operational employees, but more than half of all organizations say they are understaffed in technology and more than nine in 10 outsource routine technology functions.

Those groups considered to be “non-tech savvy,” report a median information technology budget of $667 per employee, the report says, while more tech-savvy groups spend $2,500.

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