A new report from the Indiana University Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy outlines a significant hurdle for Indiana nonprofits. The study suggests many lack basic technology tools to operate effectively.
The report is based on Indiana-based nonprofits, spanning traditional public charities and religious congregations to other tax-exempt organizations like membership associations and advocacy groups.
The study reviewed 1,036 Indiana nonprofits and found that 1/3 of those surveyed do not have an organizational website, although 60 percent use social media frequently or almost all the time. More than one-third say they rarely or never use electronic financial records or IT security.
"Most people probably cannot imagine getting along without access to the internet or a full range of IT tools," said Kirsten Grønbjerg, Distinguished Professor at the O’Neill School and Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, who directs the Indiana Nonprofits Project. "However, that is the situation many Indiana nonprofits find themselves in, as our report shows."
You can see the full study by clicking here.