Artificial Intelligence isn’t only about computers performing complex tasks without human input. The AI umbrella covers multiple technologies, including machine learning, natural language processing, and robotic process automation. These tools—and others like them—help all sorts of organizations, from California nonprofit audit providers to tax services, and can even help your nonprofit.
Here’s how AI technology can help your California nonprofit cut costs and achieve critical objectives:
Your nonprofit can offer more with help from AI technologies
AI is often confused with data analysis or complex mathematics that would take a human many times longer to complete. But AI can be used for simple, everyday tasks that otherwise would be busy work for a human. In small ways, AI can help your California nonprofit improve its efficiency.
For example, New York’s Crisis Text Line uses AI to analyze millions of text messages to determine the words most associated with a high risk of suicide. Likewise, animal welfare and environmental organizations use AI to combat poaching, such as using machine learning to predict and prevent poachers’ actions or analyzing billions of messages from fishing boats to identify illegal industrial fishing ships. Health organizations also use AI technologies to scan through existing research data to fast-track new treatments. And these are only a few examples of how AI has benefited nonprofit organizations.
Putting AI technology into practice
Your California nonprofit could use AI in the following areas:
Fundraising. Machine learning can analyze your donor database and predict donor behavior. Chatbots that simulate conversation could handle small donations while directing large contributions to humans. AI can also alert you when financial warning signs are breached.
Human resources. AI software can expedite the hiring process by narrowing the field and save interviewing time, freeing up HR staff to deal with other issues. AI can also reduce discrimination claims without the subjectivity of human analysis.
Communications. Chatbots, natural language processing, and other AI tools make it easier to maintain effective communications with stakeholders, including potential donors and volunteers. You could automate board packets and donation requests to ensure messages are sent exactly when needed.
AI technologies are worth considering for any upscaling California nonprofit
The initial investment may seem difficult to justify, but nonprofits stand to gain a lot from AI technology. AI developers have also created off-the-shelf solutions that cost less than fully customized packages. Your nonprofit can take these lower cost solutions and customize them to your needs. Grants and collaborative efforts with other nonprofits can also help pay for implementation.