AWS NONPROFITS

Powering purpose in the cloud:
Benchmarking and
assessment tool for nonprofits

How to take this assessment

This tool is designed to help nonprofit organizations assess their progress with cloud adoption and identify gaps in organizational skills and processes. To discover your cloud adoption mindset based on the AWS Powering purpose in the cloud guide, simply select the best answer to the following high-level questions. The result will provide recommendations specific to your mindset and resources to help you plan and communicate with stakeholders.

Estimated time to complete: 5 minutes

Which of the following types of causes does the nonprofit you work for/with primarily support?

What was your organization’s annual revenue or gross receipts in your last fiscal year (In USD)?

How is your nonprofit organization structured?

Which of the following best describes your role in your organization?

Which of the following best describes your functional focus in your organization?

Digital transformation refers to the use of technology to modernize or make improvements in your organization, how you operate, or how you go about achieving your core mission. Which of the following statements best describes your organization?

How many people work in your organization whose PRIMARY role is technology-related (e.g., evaluating technology, implementing technology, maintaining technology, etc.)?

How does your organization budget for technology?

How is your organization using the cloud today?

In the next 1-2 years, my organization’s investment in technology will:

Is there someone within your leadership team that serves as a champion for technology or cloud initiatives and strategy?

Has your organization implemented a change management and training plan for technology or cloud adoption? (This is a plan that helps you manage the impact of business, structural, and cultural changes accompanying technology or cloud adoption.)

Your mindset is embracing and embarking

Organizations with this mindset make up 46 percent of the nonprofit sector. Embracing and embarking organizations are exploring cloud technology basics and sharing the value proposition with their teams. They read case studies, take trainings, and focus on building a foundation for cloud success. Of the organizations surveyed, 73 percent in this mindset note that digital transformation has started to become a topic of conversation, even though their organizations have yet to action on much of it.

Top organizational objectives for this mindset are:

  • Increasing donations or organizational revenue
  • Improving efficiencies and reducing costs
  • Allocating more funds towards their primary cause

Top organizational challenges for this mindset are:

  • Difficulty acquiring new donors
  • Ineffectiveness of fundraising methods
  • Financial resource constraints / lack of funding

As 69 percent of organizations in this mindset do not have a separate technology budget and 67 percent have only one or no dedicated IT staff, relatively tech-savvy individuals often serve as “shadow IT” for the rest of the organization.

> To learn more about your mindset and interpret your results, download Powering purpose in the cloud: A guide to cloud adoption in the nonprofit sector

Your mindset is launching and learning

Organizations with this cloud mindset make up 50 percent of the nonprofit sector. Launching and learning organizations are successfully implementing project-specific cloud usages, starting migrations, and forming the connection between IT projects and mission outcomes. Of the organizations surveyed, 100 percent in this mindset report that digital transformation supports certain mission objectives, but is not yet a core part of their organizational strategy.

Top organizational objectives for this mindset are:

  • Improving efficiencies and reducing costs
  • Driving increased organizational awareness and support
  • Expanding programs and/or services

Top organizational challenges for this mindset are:

  • Difficulty acquiring new donors
  • Ineffectiveness of fundraising methods
  • Financial resource constraints / lack of funding

As nonprofits in this group continue to build their IT capacity, 39 percent have a separate technology budget and 72 percent have fewer than three dedicated IT staff.

> To learn more about your mindset and interpret your results, download Powering purpose in the cloud: A guide to cloud adoption in the nonprofit sector

Your mindset is innovating and accelerating

Organizations with this mindset make up only 4 percent of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits that are innovating and accelerating identify digital transformation as a key part of their organizational strategy and are integrating cloud technology across their entire organizations. They have freed up time previously spent in silos and use cloud to scale and innovate. 57 percent of this group access most of their technology in the cloud, and almost 31 percent are exclusive cloud users for their IT systems, software, or tools. Despite this backdrop of already robust cloud usage, 53 percent expect to see even more activities in the cloud in the next two years.

Top organizational objectives for this mindset are:

  • Improving operating efficiencies and/or reducing costs
  • Improving process automation
  • Expanding digital fundraising efforts

Top organizational challenges for this mindset are:

  • Insufficient user adoption
  • Lack of flexibility for organizational change
  • Difficulty customizing to meet needs
  • Overwhelmed by amount of tech solutions available

As mature cloud users, 87 percent of nonprofits in this group have a separate technology budget, and 68 percent have more than four dedicated IT staff in their organizations.

> To learn more about your mindset and interpret your results, download Powering purpose in the cloud: A guide to cloud adoption in the nonprofit sector