By Akilah Massey, ASF
Some people are natural planners. They’re the ones that never have to search for flashlight batteries when a big storm hits. They have well-stocked emergency kits and well-rehearsed household disaster plans.
On the other end of the spectrum are those that always end up searching for a candle or the extra batteries (in the dark) because they haven’t tested the emergency flashlight in years.
Unlike individuals, all healthy organizations should fall on the planner-heavy side of the spectrum. Planning for the future can help your operations run smoothly and make sure that everyone is on the same page. It almost always saves time and money.
While at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco last month, I had a chance to think about how and why ASF members might plan for their technology needs. Depending on your foundation, this might mean deciding when to upgrade your computers, creating a website or blog, or making sure that staff and trustees are appropriately trained on the technology tools that your foundation uses.