Help a Nonprofit Develop a Technology Plan through Plan IT!


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In today’s world, efficient technology can help nonprofits make a greater impact in their communities. Unfortunately, too often organizations face challenges in this area and are not adequately using the technology available to them to their advantage.

Plan IT is a technology-focused action-learning program that transforms how nonprofits approach their tech and incorporate it into their day-to-day operations. 501 Commons seeks volunteers with diverse technology skills and a broad understanding of business technology to serve as Technology Planning Consultants for the fall 2016 cohort.

Plan IT is different from other tech consulting programs in that the consultants provide their clients a better understanding of how technology works within their organizations, a deeper look into how certain platforms can make their work more efficient, and a plan for applying this learning toward practical solutions. The goal is not to tell the client what to do, but instead to listen to their needs and craft an appropriate and realistic strategy accordingly.

As a consultant, Plan IT provides the opportunity to:

  • Increase an organization’s understanding of their tech needs and how they can better utilize it to their advantage
  • Hone your listening and facilitating skills
  • Apply your knowledge of business technology in a high-impact volunteer role
  • Learn about strategic planning and decision-making processes
  • Become an Executive Service Corps member

The Plan IT process: Two volunteer consultants are paired with a nonprofit organization to guide them through a structured process to assess their technology strengths and weaknesses, identify goals, and create a tangible action plan to achieve them. The commitment is 10-12 hours per month from September to December 2016.

To apply, visit the Engage section of our website: and select Technology Consultant.

Questions? Please email Crystal Cheairs at


  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • IT Consulting
  • Group Facilitation

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • 10-12 hours per month from Sept-Dec 2016
  • Volunteers must have daytime availability and prior nonprofit experience

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