When procuring technology solutions for your nonprofit organization, preparation is key. IT products and services can vary widely, and there is no such thing as a true "standard" contract for the IT industry. Vendors will typically present form contracts at the beginning of negotiations, which often include terms that heavily favor the vendor. These forms can be used as a starting point, but changes should be negotiated. The following "cheat sheet" includes relevant terms to consider when procuring an IT solution. While this cheat sheet is not exhaustive, it provides a broad overview of terms and related issues for your nonprofit to consider.

For further information regarding these issues, watch our October 2017 video webinar, "The Top Ten Tips for Nonprofits to Consider When They Procure Technology Solutions."