September 12, 2023
Nonprofit Technology & Fundraising Blog
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When I was a fundraiser, there would be times when coworkers, board members, donors, or just about anyone who had an idea would come to my office to talk about how we should be doing the cool, new thing. Maybe it was an “event in a box” instead of our usual gala, or maybe it was a great nonprofit CRM that would help us be more organized in our fundraising.
Some of these ideas were great and actionable (I actually did end up switching our software to DonorPerfect after fielding so many recommendations). On the other hand, some ideas were confusing or time-consuming, and I wasn’t sure if it would make my job harder or easier.
In that vein, many of us have heard the buzz about artificial intelligence tools that could help lighten the load for fundraisers. Most recently, there has been a lot of talk about ChatGPT. So, to answer the question of whether this is a helpful tool for nonprofit employees, I went straight to the source. All I had to do was go to ChatGPT and type in a question. I hit enter and the chatbot generated full answers.
Here are the unedited responses that ChatGPT provided about its benefits and constraints when it comes to nonprofit organizations.
A: I am ChatGPT, a large language model developed by OpenAI. I am designed to process and understand natural language, and can answer questions, carry out conversations, and generate human-like text. I have been trained on a vast amount of data, including books, articles, and websites, allowing me to provide a wide range of information on many different topics. I am a type of artificial intelligence, and am part of the growing field of natural language processing.
A: As an AI language model, ChatGPT can be used to save nonprofit employee writing time in a number of ways, including:
Overall, ChatGPT can help save nonprofit employee writing time by providing quick and reliable assistance with a variety of writing-related tasks.
A: While I am a powerful language model that can provide a wealth of information and insights, there are several reasons why a nonprofit employee should not rely solely on ChatGPT for all their needs.
In summary, while I can be a useful tool for gathering information and insights, relying solely on an AI language model like ChatGPT for guidance and decision-making in the nonprofit sector may not be the best approach. Nonprofit employees should seek out a range of resources, and consult with experienced human professionals to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their organization’s unique needs and challenges.
There you have it. Using tools like ChatGPT in fundraising has its benefits. AI tools will not necessarily be as creative as you are, but they could help you in times of busyness or task overload.
But, more importantly, you know your nonprofit and your mission. Your passion, empathy, and unique perspective can not be replaced by a tool. You, fundraiser, are amazing.
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