How open source is losing the charity battle
Non-profit organisations are keen to take advantage of emerging technologies such as social networking for fund-raising and software as a service for administration, but a lack of perceived support options is keeping them away from open source software solutions and firmly focused on more traditional commercial providers such as Microsoft.
At this week's Connecting Up conference in Brisbane, staff from non-profit groups were eagerly discussing Web 2.0 technologies, how wikis could help their organisation, and the role which Twitter might play in their fund-raising plans.
"We in Australia have barely scratched the surface of Web 2.0," said Doug Jacquier, CEO of CISA (Community Information Strategies Australia), which organised the event. "If we don't move soon, we risk losing an entire generation of potential supporters and donors."
While next generation technologies may be appealing, for resource-strapped charities, government service delivery branches and non-government organisations (NGOs), merely getting existing IT to work can be an uphill battle.