Topic: Your Nonprofit IT Budget
Date: Wednesday September 20th 2017

As we approach the end of the year, it is time for many nonprofit organizations to put together an annual budget. With all the new IT platforms and programs, and new cyber security threat levels and anxieties, the line item for IT needs some in-depth review.
Do you have the right tools? The right staff? The right attitude?
In the modern nonprofit IT is woven into almost every task you undertake every day. Just as employees need a desk and a chair, they need IT, and IT tools can make a task take a day or an hour. Just ask your staff and colleagues.
If you have anxiety about how to budget for IT and how to find the expert advice you need without getting the hard sell you aren’t alone. It can be difficult to talk about IT needs, especially if your organization has ever been burned by an IT project gone wrong.
We know that putting the minimum expense into IT and hoping things turn out ok is probably not the best path – but how do you know where to put the best money in? This webinar will help get the conversation started.
In our 15+ years of experience working exclusively with nonprofits, we have learned there is absolutely no “one-size-fits-all” budget document possible, and we won’t be providing one. The wide variety in process, and in where IT reports, make us skeptical of universal budget templates. However, we do have advice on what needs to be included, and we will also provide ideas on describing your needs and the benefits of functional, secure IT to the non-techies at your nonprofit.
This webinar is a completely re-worked update to our October 2015 webinar on budgeting.
This webinar is appropriate for nonprofit executives, managers and nonprofit IT personnel – and as with all our webinars, we will discuss technology in a manner that is accessible to a varied audience.
Your Nonprofit IT Budget
Presenter: Community IT President and CEO Johan Hammerstrom
photo of Johan HammerstromI have always been interested in using technology as a force for good that can improve our world.  In college, I pursued this interest through science, first studying Chemistry, Physics and Biology at Stanford University where I graduated with Honors with a BS in Chemistry.  I went on to study Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University and received a Masters Degree.
The time I spent in Baltimore convinced me that there were more pressing and immediate problems that technology could and should be used to address. I left academic science and pursued a career in Information Technology, with the express goal of improving our communities and our world.  I started at Community IT in 1999 as a Network Administrator.  Since that time, I have been a Network Engineer, a Team Lead, the Director of Services, Vice President of Services, Chief Operating Officer, President, and beginning July 2015 President and CEO.
Working directly with over 200 nonprofit organizations, to help them plan around and use technology to accomplish their missions, has been one of the most positive and rewarding experiences of my life.

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