What is “NonProfit”?
When you think of a “nonprofit” what do you think of? Most likely, you think of a group making a difference in your community. Maybe you are thinking of a large organization, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters or Make-a-Wish, or maybe you think about a local animal shelter or community theatre. These are groups that are tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) as “public charities” because they are formed to provide “public benefit.” Community foundations are also part of this group (and so are private foundations, although tax rules treat them a bit differently than public charities.)
There are actually 29 types of organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c), including chambers of commerce and other business leagues, exempt under 501(c)(6), and state-chartered credit unions, which are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(14). These organizations are exempt from certain taxes because of the contributions they make in the community. However, only 501(c)(3) groups will provide donors with a tax-deduction for their contribution.
Nonprofits are further classified by the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE), which breaks down 501(c)(3) groups into 10 major categories and a total of more than 600 different sub-categories
What has our experience has informed us about Non-Profits?
- We know funds can be tight, regulated, untimely and scarce. Either from Government entities or public sector donations or even other non-profits funding is critical to the survival of NonProfits. We work with other Non-Profits and have programs that we use to maximize technologies at affordable price.
- Government regulations
- The federal and state governments reward nonprofit organizations for the good work they do by not requiring them to pay taxes. The trade-off is that all of their funds must be allocated for the purpose stated in their charter. Nonprofit organizations can accumulate profits, but they can’t distribute them to the founders or owners, or use them to increase employee salaries beyond the norm.
- Each type of nonprofit organization has government regulations that it must follow to retain its nonprofit status. The federal government delegates most of the responsibility for regulation and oversight of nonprofit organizations to the state governments. Currently, nonprofit organizations have little or no impact on the political landscape, but will that soon change?
- Organizational growth
- Members, Patients, Children, Elderly it doesn’t matter the type of growth we can help with that growth. By effectively helping you implement technologies effectively we can help you maximize your investment to enable your organization to focus on it’s business
- Onboarding employees/volunteers
- We understand the myriad of employee and volunteer types. This means we can make sense of what technologies, securities and ease of use processes you will need.
- Technology concerns – outdated software
- MANY nonprofit organizations have antiquated technology. Some have disparate technologies and we can help plan and implement effective solutions for nonprofits that maximize funds and technology
- Paper based processes
- Something all nonprofits share is the use of Paper and we can help make sense and implement paperless workflows to help secure data and increase operational efficiencies
Whether it’s a project or ongoing support we understand the need for Non-Profits to use cloud based solutions. We help with eMail migration to low cost cloud solutions relieving you of ongoing support costs and better support experiences. Cloud based accounting systems or even data migrations from on premises to cloud we can help. We look at Efficiency, Security, Cost Benefit, Flexibility, Accessibility and we have used these attributes to implement solutions for non-profits to function better.Easy, Reliable and Predictable IT solutions that fit a NonProfit community