If we consider many of the most successful Australian not-for-profit organisations, we can see that they are often operating on the same scale as large national, or even multi-national, organisations. They have the same challenges, use similar internal organisational structures and have many similar employment management hurdles.
This includes the same training challenges and needs. It might be training for their own employees, for volunteers or even for educating the general public. Not surprisingly, it is just as important to use a not-for-profit LMS as it is for any modern commercial organisation to have an online learning platform.
In this article, let’s consider seven reasons to use a not-for-profit learning management system to help you build a business case for your organisation.
Use a not-for-profit LMS to provide training at any scale
Even if your not-for-profit organisation isn’t large, it can often have a reasonably high turnover in volunteers and employees. A situation which increases as the size of your organisation grows. Either way, having an online learning platform helps manage training at scale. An online learning platform can just as easily deliver training to 10, 50, 500 or 10,000 employees.
Access training at any time
Online learning platforms allow NFPs to deliver training without restriction. It makes training available in any location, on any device and at any time. This can be critical for volunteers or employees who address their training outside of business hours, on weekends or while in transit. It reduces the barriers to training and increases completion rates.
Quickly respond to new training needs
An online learning platform with an integrated ability to create training is a powerful tool (note that is not something most learning management systems have, but something which an integrated learning platform like Tribal Habits offers). An easy-to-use training creation process allows your organisation to quickly share training and information on topical matters – changes to policies, new fundraising initiatives, updates to processes. This is also a critical reason to ensure your not-for-profit learning management system has a genuine ability to create online training (not just host it).
Appeal to a wide range of learners
Online learning is increasingly becoming the most preferred, and most adaptable, training delivery method. It allows learners to move that their own pace (fast or slow), to revisit relevant content quickly, to complete learning at times which suit their role or energy levels and to engage without feeling ‘on-the-spot’.
Reduce the burden of NFP training administration
An online learning platform can make your job of managing training so much easier. As you set-up new users, you can quickly upload them in a spreadsheet or populate some simple fields and then allow the learning portal to automatically create a new user, send an invitation email, enrol them in pathways, set due dates, monitor completion, notify their manager, send reminder emails, prepare completion certificates and track training history. One-click and all that is taken care of.
Improve overall NFP training and compliance reporting
One of the key benefits of a learning portal for not-for-profits is training reports. You can do away with spreadsheets, manually recording and inconsistent information. Training activity can be tracked to the minute. It’s simple to monitor due dates, certification periods, training completion, retake requirements and more—filter by location or teams. Download into spreadsheets. Allow managers to review their team compliance automatically. It’s a massive improvement in accuracy and a massive reduction in effort.
Use a not-for-profit LMS to reduce NFP training budgets
An online learning platform is the cheapest training solution for not-for-profit organisations. It is that simple. Every dollar spent on an online learning platform equates to a dollar spent on training. There is no wastage (like room bookings, printed workbooks, travel costs, facilitator guides, morning tea). If your learning platform uses an active user pricing model, then you will only pay for actual monthly use too! So, no need to waste money paying for stored users (be careful to check this as many learning management systems still use older stored user pricing models, which do not align your use to your costs).