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Nonprofit Success

Updated on August 18, 2009

Why Outsource? A Brief Overview

Nonprofit organizations face unique and often difficult obstacles. Due to the economic crunch, many nonprofits have been forced to close their doors; leaving program participants in dire situations. Shelters have closed their doors, food banks have turned the hungry away and community centers are seeing a decline in participants. With all this bad news, how is a nonprofit to succeed?

Virtual outsourcing can be a smart solution. According to Business Week Magazine, virtual outsourcing can cost a business 50% less on average, than hiring a full time employee. Virtual Assistants are specialized in various niches, from accounting to administration, to programming and customer service.

Nonprofit organizations are often encouraged to think outside the box when looking for funding; this scenario is no different. When looking to stay afloat during these tough economic times, it is a MUST for nonprofits and for-profits alike to think outside the box.

A virtual assistant is not an employee, they are an independent contractor and as such, they require no benefits from their clients. Imagine the savings of not having to provide benefits packages! VAs are in business for themselves and therefore it is in their best interest to give you, the client, the best possible service.

This is just a small list of what a virtual assistant can do for your nonprofit:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Administrative
  • Organizing
  • Consulting

A VA may charge anywhere from $25.00 - $100.00 per hour, depending on their specialty. Some VAs will give a reduced price for nonprofits. To really take full advantage of the VA relationship, think of this person as a partner and express to them how you would like to see them build your organization. An organization may interview several VAs before they find the perfect match, but it is well worth the time to do your homework.


The Many Virtues of Virtual Services (1998): http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/news/columns/98-37/e3595059.htm

What is Virtual Assistance?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_assistance

Creative Nonprofit Solutions: http://creativenonprofitsolutions.org

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