[UPDATE: October 21, 2020]
With the pandemic crisis moving into the winter months, nonprofits are adjusting to the reality that some or all remote operations may be necessary into 2021. Surveys show that many organizations are considering continuing with some virtual activities (including having certain employees off-site) even after the COVID-19 danger lessens. Recent high-profile computer breaches, though, have underscored the importance of strengthening cyber security protections especially since the technology and data management functions have been largely decentralized.
[UPDATE: May 26, 2020]
Nonprofits are generally adapting to the use of telecommunications for their business operations as well as for meetings, programs, and events. It’s an open question if organizations will choose to continue remote operations will continue, in whole or in part, when the pandemic subsides.
[April 6, 2020]
While moving towards a remote workforce may have been an option a month ago, many nonprofits that don’t conduct “essential services” have now been required to move entirely offsite and online.
This sudden shift raises enormous operational and technological challenges. Happily, many service providers and consultants are offering temporary free information, advice, and platforms to get hooked up virtually.
There are other new challenges: first, creating or adapting telecommuting policies to fit these extraordinary circumstances, and second, defending against cyber attacks and other breaches of data privacy and security, as well as the threat of internal wrongdoing like embezzlement.