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Nonprofit Leaders 2min read

3 Reasons Building a Nonprofit App Is a Mistake

Thinking about building your own nonprofit app? It may seem like a wonderful idea right now, but you may want to reconsider that plan. Here’s why.

Building A Nonprofit App Takes Time

The time and effort that it takes to build, test, and launch a nonprofit app is not to be underestimated. If your organization doesn’t already have a team of talented and experienced designers and developers on staff, you would have to hire them. And even with that staff in place, the app building process can take months to complete.

Your team has enough work to do already without adding this extra task to the plate — and you likely don’t have the extra funds lying around to hire more people. Wouldn’t you rather have someone else do the work for free and then simply add the finished app to your strategy?

Consider The Price Tag

You may be thinking about building your own nonprofit app in order to save money, but in reality it will cost more than you bargained for. First, you will have to pay that team of developers and designers. Then you will have to add on the costs of the software involved.

On top of those costs, you will have to continually maintain the app over time. With apps, you can’t just set it and forget it. They take continual upkeep. Fixing bugs and releasing updates will turn your app into a long-term project, and that can really take a toll on your budget.

Tech Support

What happens if you build an app and then something goes wrong? What if your donors have technical problems? Are you equipped to field support calls? You likely have much better things to do with your time, like organize fundraising events.

Save yourself the headache of creating and maintaining your own nonprofit app. Find an inexpensive third party app that meets your needs and continue focusing on what matters most: making the world a better place.

About the Author

Allison has a passion for charitable giving and believes that small acts of kindness can make the world a better place. She uses her web content and social media expertise to guide churches and nonprofits through the mobile fundraising process.

Allison Weaver