VoIP for Non-Profits

Kim Silva, Sales & Marketing

Your non-profit can actually profit from Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, giving you the latest in phone technology while operating on a tight budget.

According to TaxExemptWorld.com, California operates close to 245,000 non-profit organizations, ranging from churches and charities to educational organizations and health clinics.  With different missions, they all share a common goal – how to best benefit society on a limited budget.

Cost savings using VoIP

More and more non-profits are discovering the appeal of VoIP and cloud-based, hosted systems to provide needed cost savings, while also advancing their communications systems.  How can making the switch benefit your non-profit and save money?

  • VoIP systems require only a high-speed internet connection and IP-phones. Capex is virtually eliminated and OpEx is  transparent, consistent, and controlled.
  • Hosted, cloud-based systems are managed by the provider, reducing IT expenditures previously needed for maintenance and upgrades and enabling you to future-proof your system.
  • VoIP, cloud-based systems, like O1 Phone VoiceStream, provide an intuitive, self-service web portal enabling you to easily handle administrative functions – such as adding and subtracting phones or managing call routing – and save the resources previously required of a dedicated IT professional.
  • With VoIP technology, calls are made over the Internet, avoiding costly long-distance and international call charges.
  • Features such as auto attendant and customized greetings provide a professional identity to your non-profit.
  • Collaboration and Unified Communications (UC) features – such as IM, chat, and audio and video conferencing – provide an efficient and cost-effective method to improve communications.
  • Staff gains productivity and efficiency with the ability to stay connected from any device while working out in the community. (i.e. check voicemails, utilize mobile phone as office number, use UC features.)

Qualifying California non-profits that choose an approved California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) service provider, such as O1 Communications, may be eligible to receive funds to offset expenses of certain telecommunications services.  Go to www.cpuc.ca.gov/ctf/ to find out more about CTF for your non-profit.