By Natalie Bluhm Posted March 26, 2018
We all know that nonprofits are under intense financial pressure. They have limited budgets, but they also need to function in the modern economy, especially when it comes to their IT infrastructure. One component of IT infrastructure, the identity provider, hasn’t always been the most accessible for nonprofits due to the high costs that often come with identity management hardware and software. Fortunately, the IT world is changing. In this blog post, we are going to look at identity management for nonprofit organizations, and a new solution that is helping them secure their IT environment.
First, let’s take a brief look at the nonprofit industry.
A Look at Nonprofits
There’s an incredible number of nonprofits today. In fact, there are close to 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the United States alone. These organizations are focused on doing good around the world, and most of these nonprofits rely on donors and grants to keep their organization alive and dedicated to their social mission.
Many of the workers within a nonprofit are volunteers, while others may be employees, board members, or administrators. Almost every nonprofit is concerned about the expenses that go to operating their organization and not directly to their mission. For this reason, most nonprofits are incredibly cost conscious. Further, most nonprofits have benefited tremendously from the internet and by putting their cause up on the web. So, IT infrastructure is now playing a much greater role in their ability to accomplish their mission.
IT and Nonprofits
Today, IT infrastructure doesn’t have to be a huge drain on operating expenses. There’s cost-effective hardware available, productivity solutions such as G Suite™ and Office 365™, cloud infrastructure from AWS®, WiFi and inexpensive internet access, and cloud file storage. By utilizing these new modern IT resources, nonprofits can execute at a much lower cost and much more efficiently. Additionally, nonprofits can save on costs by leveraging a third-party MSP (managed service provider) to run their infrastructure instead of hiring their own IT admin.
Also, IT infrastructure plays a critical role for nonprofits when it comes to managing sensitive information that often includes donor records, credit cards, and perhaps even medical history or data. All of this confidential information must be protected and access to it should be tightly limited. A breach or compromise could seriously jeopardize the viability of a nonprofit.
To this end, many IT admins have started to focus on identity management as a mechanism to tightly control access to confidential data, applications, systems, and networks. Traditionally, IT admins have been forced to implement on-prem solutions such as Microsoft® Active Directory®, but today, a cloud identity management solution called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is a much better option.
Identity Management for Nonprofit Organizations with JumpCloud
Highly discounted for nonprofits, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service securely manages and connects user identities to the IT resources those users need. From one pane of glass, IT admins can manage user access to the following:
- Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® systems
- Cloud and on-prem servers from AWS or GCP
- Productivity platforms such as O365 and G Suite
- Web and on-prem applications via LDAP and SAML
- Physical and virtual file storage such as Box, Samba file servers, and NAS appliances,
- Wired and WiFi networks through RADIUS
Because users only need one set of credentials, managing who has access to what becomes a lot more precise, and therefore more secure. When an employee leaves the nonprofit, all it takes is a couple clicks and that employee immediately loses access to all of the nonprofit’s IT resources. Lastly, JumpCloud’s identity management solution is completely cloud-based, so nonprofits don’t have to budget for all the costs associated with on-prem IAM hardware and software or the expense associated with the necessary IT staff to run an on-prem solution.
At last, nonprofits can enjoy a modern IT environment without sacrificing security.
Learn More About Identity Management for Nonprofit Organizations
For more information on how JumpCloud can help with implementing identity management for nonprofit organizations, please reach out to us. If you’re ready to start testing our cloud-based directory service, sign up for a free account. You don’t even need a credit card, every feature is available, and your first ten users are free forever.