Sometimes what nonprofits need most is better technology

It’s far from glamorous, but the backbone of many nonprofits that make Eden Prairie great are the office functions that happen behind the curtain, so to speak. The bookkeeping, data entry, office support, communications, and so much more that is necessary in order to deliver quality, critical programs and services.

As a result, it’s common to see applications for Foundation grants focus on technology needs, including computers and software that can replace outdated stuff and make the organization more efficient.

One such application approved for a $2,250 grant this year was from the PROP Shop, for three new computers to replace devices that were nearly 5 years old. The aging technology was straining resources and consuming more staff time than necessary, according to Vicki Bomben, operations manager.

We’re happy to report that the new computers are now in use. And it’s good timing – two of the old computers became non-operational in June, one just before the replacements were purchased, and one just after.

“The benefits … are significant,” according to Bomben. “This capital investment allows the PROP Shop to perform its operations more effectively while achieving greater quality of service. Local families can be served with greater efficiency when staff members have computers that work consistently and quickly.”

The new technology allows the PROP Shop to put added focus on mission and programs. That’s important because the organization provides a ton of value to Eden Prairie through its thrift store and associated programs – beds to families who are sleeping on the floor; coats, boots, snow pants, mittens, and hats when the weather turns cold; pots, pans, blankets, towels, and so much more.

The Foundation is proud of its work to strengthen the Eden Prairie nonprofit community, through grants and in other ways. It’s part of what makes Eden Prairie a great place to live, work, raise kids, and retire. You, our donors, make it happen. And we thank you!

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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