Texas Presbyterian Foundation

Tech for Success: 5 Technology Trends to Embrace Now

By Mary Beth Foster, TPF’s Vice President, Information Systems

At TPF, we understand the diverse technological needs of churches and nonprofits, each serving unique missions, but all committed to improving the lives of others. As we navigate the future together, certain technology trends are poised to enhance our collective ability to drive meaningful change. Here are five trends that I believe will emerge this year as crucial success factors for both churches and nonprofits:

1. Focus on Cybersecurity:

In an increasingly digital world, safeguarding sensitive data and protecting against cyber threats has never been more important. Churches and nonprofits handle a wealth of personal and financial information, making them prime targets for malicious actors. A heightened focus on cybersecurity measures, including implementation of multi-factor authentication (MFA) everywhere possible, regular vulnerability assessments, and employee training, will be essential to mitigate risks and build trust.

2. Increasing Impact of AI:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds promising potential for optimizing operations, enhancing donor and church member engagement, and improving service delivery. From accessible communication to leveraging predictive analytics to support resource allocation, AI-powered solutions can streamline processes and drive efficiencies. Embracing AI technology enables churches and nonprofits to deliver greater impact in their communities. However, please note, that the unpredictability of AI also brings inherent risks such as misinformation and unsubstantiated data. While AI is exciting and will have a definite impact on our efforts in the future, we must still approach it thoughtfully and with a certain amount of caution.

3. Permanent Implementation of the Hybrid Work Model:

The pandemic accelerated the shift towards remote work, and many organizations are now adopting hybrid work models as a long-term strategy. This flexible approach allows staff to work from anywhere while still fostering collaboration and connection. Of course, extra layers of security are required to ensure data safety and integrity in this environment. Churches and nonprofits can leverage technology to facilitate seamless and secure communication and collaboration among remote and on-site team members, ensuring continuity in mission-driven work.

4. Digital Literacy and Strategic Technology Adoption:

As technology continues to evolve, digital literacy becomes increasingly important for staff and volunteers. Investing in ongoing training and development programs can empower individuals to leverage technology more effectively in their roles. Moreover, strategic technology adoption involves aligning technological solutions with organizational goals and mission objectives. By carefully evaluating and implementing technology that enhances their impact, churches and nonprofits can maximize their effectiveness in serving their communities.

5. Integration of Transformational Fundraising:

Fundraising is essential for sustaining the operations and initiatives of churches and nonprofits. However, traditional fundraising methods may no longer suffice in today’s digital landscape. Transformational fundraising involves leveraging technology to engage donors, cultivate relationships, and inspire philanthropic support. By harnessing data analytics, donor management platforms, and online giving tools, organizations can optimize their fundraising efforts and secure the resources needed to advance their missions.

As technology continues to grow and change, prioritizing cybersecurity, thoughtfully embracing AI, enhancing hybrid work models, fostering digital literacy, and integrating transformational fundraising practices are all ways you can increase your impact on your mission. These trends can truly position your churches and nonprofits to have an even greater impact on the communities you serve. Are you interested in other ways to enable and expand your mission? CLICK HERE to access our TPF Legacy Builder website and learn more today!