SaaS is a cloud based software which allows users to access and use cloud based apps from any internet enabled device.
This software is becoming increasingly popular among nonprofits because of the multiple benefits it offers like low upfront costs, automatic updates and easy integration with other services.
Given below are some advantages of SaaS for nonprofits.
Low Cost Of Entry
Majority of the traditional software is purchased by paying for the whole package upfront. This will also include the cost of hardware and the cost of installing it.
A lot of nonprofits don’t have the sufficient funds to make this heavy investment. SaaS is perfect for small and medium sized nonprofits because it utilizes a subscription payment model with no heavy upfront costs.
They can subscribe to the service on a monthly or annual basis and are also able to discontinue the subscription if the service is no longer required. This prevents nonprofits from falling into debts or being bound by a contract.
If nonprofits want to change their usage plan, they are free to do so without giving prior notice since the software is externally hosted by the vendor.
In contrast to traditional software, there is no need for installing additional software or making long requests. SaaS also offers vertical scalability which allows users to access more services on demand.
SaaS providers run multiple geographically separated data centres to deliver SaaS applications. If one centre fails to function, the other data centres continue delivering the services.
SaaS also allows nonprofits to securely collect and track donations through individual, planned or recurring giving plans. A secure donation software can be easily integrated with SaaS.
Easy Access To Different Applications
One major benefit of SaaS is that it makes enterprise applications like ERP and CRM affordable for nonprofits which don’t have enough funds to buy and manage the required software.
With ERP, nonprofits can manage their day to day activities like accounting, project management, budgeting and reporting. Users can access app data from any mobile device which is connected to the internet.
SaaS providers automatically perform updates. In contrast to traditional software where you have to buy upgrade packages and install it, costs for upgrades and new releases are lower in SaaS.
Nonprofit organizations with limited IT staff can rely on SaaS providers for updates, troubleshooting and maintenance. These updates are made available to all the users.
All maintenance and upgrades are built into the monthly payment. Nonprofits don’t have to worry about purchasing additional hardware or hiring expensive IT staff.
Transitioning costs to an ongoing operating expense makes budgeting a lot easier for nonprofits.
Ease Of Use
SaaS users are allowed to test new release features and software functionality in advance.Applications are easily accessible from any internet enabled device and location.
SaaS also allows free trials of products and services so nonprofits can use this to their advantage and test them to see whether they work for their organization’s program structure.
SaaS users always have access to the newest version of the software without the responsibility of managing updates or upgrades. This eliminates version discrepancies between different users of the organization.
All SaaS solutions are based on multi tenant architecture and all their apps are multi platform compatible.
With SaaS, nonprofits don’t have to deal with building their own software or hire IT employees to maintain it. It is a great solution for new and beginner nonprofits who are looking for a cost effective option to manage their daily activities.