Technological solutions can help nonprofits increase efficiency, which can lead to higher revenue generation over time. As the world gets increasingly plugged in, nonprofit organizations are finding that getting on board with tech-savvy solutions, from cloud-based donation management software to mobile fundraising techniques can help them get ahead. However, one problem faced by many nonprofits is a lack of resources to pay for the implementation of new technology. Hackathons are a fun solution to this problem.
How hackathons work
A hackathon brings together the best minds in computer programming, designing, and other business types to collaborate on technology projects for nonprofits, according to Edelman’s good purpose blog. These individuals are often deeply inspired by what they do and are usually willing to collaborate with others to come up with solutions for the organizations that do good work in their communities. In some circumstances, hackathons also provide prizes to winners, which can help them achieve their own goals down the line.
Recently, the Technology Association of Georgia announced a Hackathon to support three area nonprofits: The American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Club of America, and Points of Light HandsOn Network. The event, called the Mobility Live Hack-Back, will run through September 17. The goal is for teams of coders, developers, and engineers to come up with mobile solutions for these nonprofits.
In an interview with the Nonprofit Times, TAG President and CEO Tino Mantello said that he got the idea for this particular hackathon from an earlier event to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
“It’s a real viable way to bring in technologists to partner with nonprofits to help them do things they might not have the resources to do themselves,” he said.
Technology can make all the difference
For struggling nonprofits that rely on donations to keep their operations open, cutting-edge technology can be a great way to increase fundraising efforts. Employing forward-thinking technology solutions can often enable nonprofits to increase their donations. Text to donate campaigns and mobile apps can encourage more contributions. In addition, the capability to accept Bitcoin can be so unique that people consider making donations just for the fun of it. Donation management software, for example, can help organizations keep on top of previous contributors and ensure that they are maximizing their efforts to retain these individuals so they can rely on them again in the future. With the support of tech enthusiasts, these goals are easier to reach.