How can we assist non-profit organizations in optimally allocating their resources and services equitably to those in need?
Corporations and Large Commercial firms spend significant amounts of time and money on technology and R&D to determine how to rationally allocate product/service capacity to their customers for the purpose maximizing revenue and/or profit. Many non-profit organizations face the same inventory allocation problems (e.g. foodbanks, medical etc.) but with different objectives: which in general are to ensure an equitable distribution of goods and services to agencies and individuals in need.
Non-profit organizations are also in general limited by budgetary constraints which do not allow them to invest in the technology needed to maximize the objective of equitable distribution.
How can we make the technology and methodology for finding the optimal allocations accessible and usable for non-profits?