Non-profit organizations have very special needs when it comes to a company intranet. The essence of community and collaboration has to resonant through a non-profit intranet, along with the essential business tools, operational procedures and administrative tasks. Non-profits with multiple office locations often use a company intranet to create a sense of community, camaraderie and boost morale.
Adopting a company intranet can be a large undertaking for a non-profit, both from a resource perspective and a monetary perspective. With both budgets and resource tight and spending tracked closely, finding an intranet that fits within with these constraints can be challenging to say the least.
Last week, the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA, a stellar non-profit Intranet Connections client, was featured on a live non-profits webcast hosted by the Intranet Benchmarking Forum to discuss these exact challenges and constraints non-profits face when selecting and implementing a company intranet. Not only did the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA share an intranet implement that inspired, their Intranet Manager, Elkie Wills, spoke to directly to the importance of an intranet for non-profits.
Here is a quick snippet on a follow up to the conversation that began at the IBF Live Non-Profit Intranet Webcast (@ibf):
Intranet Connections: A company intranet can play a vital role in communicating the passion both employees and stakeholders share in support of their cause. How has utilizing Intranet Connections helped the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA with communication and collaboration?
Elkie Wills, Intranet Manager, San Diego Humane Society & SPCA : We’ve nicknamed our company intranet “Fetch”, which has really helped our employees form a strong connections between our different locations and departments. The commitment and passion our employees have really translates through Fetch, especially in our Happy Tails pet adoption success stories.
Intranet Connections: For many non-profits, the cost is a large consideration when comparing and evaluating different intranet software platforms. How did the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA deal with this challenge?
Elkie Wills, Intranet Manager, San Diego Humane Society & SPCA: It’s true, like most non-profits our budget for software is very limited, but we saw deploying an intranet as a critical collaboration and communication tools for our staff. We decided to go with the Intranet Connections platform because of the affordable one-time licensing fee and the connection we formed with the team during the evaluation process. While cost was a decision criterion for implementing an intranet, we were also looking for an intranet IT partner that was actively improving their product and adding functionality. Intranet Connections fit the bill providing two to three new product releases a year all at a manageable maintenance cost, which includes an incredibly responsive support team to help us with the upgrades and any other questions that may pop-up throughout the year.
Intranet Connections: We are very happy you selected Intranet Connections to be your intranet software provider. It has been an absolute pleasure having you as a customer. Would recommend the Intranet Connections platform to other non-profits?
Elkie Wills, Intranet Manager, San Diego Humane Society & SPCA: Absolutely, we have been very satisfied with the software solution and supportive Intranet Connections team. We would definitely recommend Intranet Connections as the non-profit intranet platform of choice.
Selecting an intranet to fit non-profit budgets and resources does not have to be a difficult task. We have helped many non-profits achieve their company intranet goals with our turnkey, out-of-the-box intranet solution. An intranet is a powerful business collaboration tool, but it is an important forum to create and translate unique passion and strong communities non-profits develop through the drive and support of each individual cause.
Intranet Connections proudly supports our non-profit customers and is dedicated to providing a company intranet that delivers the robust capabilities and strong collaboration tools non-profit organizations require — all at an affordable price that fits within their budgets.
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