It's been well established in recent years that cloud computing can help any business that's looking to earn a steady profit. If you adopt cloud solutions, you're likely to see a rapid increase in efficiency and productivity. If your company is more efficient, you can make money faster.
"Nonprofits can get all the same benefits from the technology as private, for-profit businesses can."
Except here's the secret – even if your organization isn't in the business of making money hand over fist, the cloud is still a tremendous asset. Nonprofits can get all the same benefits from the technology as private, for-profit businesses can.
If your organization is out to help people, and not necessarily to make its owners rich, that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the benefits of cloud backup. Chances are, your organization still has a great deal of important data that needs to be protected. If something should ever happen to that data, you'll be thankful you put the right resources in place for disaster recovery ahead of time.
Corporations know this to be the case. Nonprofits, if you think about it, are really no different.
Moving nonprofits to the cloud
For-profit companies move to the cloud because it helps them achieve their goal – namely, making money. According to Nonprofit Quarterly, nonprofits also have a clear motive to make that transition. Rolando Brown, evangelist and community manager at Grovo Learning, says the benefits for nonprofits are straightforward.
"What we in the social sector care about most is that we're able to accomplish our goals and mission – solving community problems, promoting healthier behaviors, etc," Brown noted. "With cloud computing, people can focus more on being better at whatever it is they do rather than being experts at technology."
Of course, the cloud isn't just for managing daily workflow. It's also for helping in times of crisis – which, for a nonprofit, can be essential.
Every organization needs a plan
Even if you're not in the market for a big profit each quarter, you still need to protect yourself against disasters that might harm your business' data. A report from the New Jersey-based accounting firm Sobel and Company emphasized this. Certified public accountant Ron Matan argued that "expecting the unexpected" should be a key goal.
"All organizations, especially nonprofit and social service groups, should have a well thought-out and carefully documented disaster recovery plan that prepares the group and its employees to deal with an emergency," Matan explained.
It may seem difficult to prepare for a blizzard, an earthquake or a similar disaster that might affect your nonprofit organization – but it's essential.
More disaster recovery, less downtime
If disaster does strike, you want to be able to act quickly. This is especially the case for nonprofits, many of which exist precisely because of potential disasters. For example, say your organization aims to help people who are the victim of hurricanes, and a hurricane strikes that affects your business as well. How will you respond?
Ideally in that situation, you'd have a disaster recovery plan that would help you retrieve your data with as little downtime as possible. Then you'd be able to act quickly and achieve your ultimate goal – which, with a nonprofit, is to help people.