There are multiple definitions for an NGO. Generally, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is a non-profit organization which is engaged in a wide range of activities. NGOs are not governed by state or international government organizations. While most of them are funded by donations, few of them are run by volunteers as well. NGO Watch Dog reports that there are 10 millions NGOs worldwide. According to OnGood report, there are 1.5 million NGOs in the US. And, 1 out of 10 people in the US work in an NGO, making the NGO workforce the 3rd largest industry in the country after retail and manufacturing. It provides 5.3% of GDP to the country.
The recession and changing economic conditions that hit other industries have strongly affected the religious and NGO segments. As most of the NGOs run on funding, the recession forced them to cut down on expenses. However, they had to still perform the same activities with limited resources. Secondly, NGOs and religious organizations have to seamlessly communicate with sponsors, staff, remote workers and government authorities. Managing effective communication with inadequate resources is a challenge. Thirdly, most of the NGOs have limited technical and organizational capacity. The quick and frequent changes in the IT challenge them. They do not have required analytics software to analyze huge amounts of data to provide required service and support for the needy. Integration of the infrastructure with available applications is another challenge. In times of natural calamities, they do not have the required infrastructure to scale up resources.
NGOs and religious organization are mostly challenged by the lack of funds to setup the required infrastructure. The cloud effectively addressed this challenge by providing low-cost computing without huge initial investments. Taking advantage of the pay-per-use model, NGOs can quickly setup world-class technologies and only pay for the services used.
The cloud enables NGOs to seamlessly integrate every IT tool in the infrastructure. This integration allows the organization to effectively collaborate with everyone in the organization, resulting in effective communication within and outside the organization. Data from multiple devices, people and teams can be easily processed and managed.
During the time of natural calamities, NGOs and religious organizations have to provide services and support for thousands of people. The cloud provides the flexibility to scale up resources during such times. With the vertical and horizontal scalability, NGOs can scale up resources to meet changing organizational needs.
The cloud brings world-class technologies to your table at cost-effective prices. NGOs get the luxury to lay hands on cutting-edge analytics software to track and analyze big data so that they can provide customized services to their audience. This will help them to identify and reach the unreached.
The two most challenging aspects for a NGO are lack of funds and establishment of offices in remote locations. While many cloud provides offer low-cost computing, not every provider have a large infrastructure to provide virtual offices to organizations. CenterServ is one of the few cloud providers that not only provides low-cost computing but it also offers high quality cloud solutions across the globe.
CenterServ is the leading provider of cloud computing solutions for the Religious/NGO industry. With thousands of nodes located in 200 countries, your data is always available online 24/7. Backed by several years of rich experience in designing NGO cloud systems that is augmented with the experienced and dedicated staff, CenterServ delivers customized cloud solutions that are reliable and secure. CenterServ is not affiliated or obliged to any product, service or solution which means your organization is entitled for the best available alternative for any specific purpose or need. Most importantly, CenterServ solutions are cost-effective.