A recent article in the Washington Post profiles the work of Technology Works for Good, a nonprofit group devoted to dispensing technology advice to other nonprofit groups.
The Washington D.C.-based group, which received startup funding from the Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, Microsoft , the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Trellis Fund, is guided by the notion that resource-strapped nonprofits can use new technology to save money and time.
"I believe in technology as a strategic instrument for helping nonprofits develop themselves," explained 27-year-old Technology Works volunteer Asma Ramadan.
In less than a year, Ramadan has helped Wheeler Creek Estates, an affordable housing group, secure a digital camera and create a Web site. Another volunteer, Steven Tsai, hopes to create an e-mail-based program to help immigrants network and look for jobs.
According to technology consultant Colin Moffett, the work is most rewarding for those who understand the realities of the nonprofit world.
"You really have to understand nonprofits," Moffett told the Post. "You're not a normal tech consultant. They may have all new software, all new hardware, but they may not know exactly what to do with it."