Posts about Nonprofit Technology
Nonprofit Technology includes articles on innovative uses of web campaigns, nonprofit software and integration across advocacy, social networks and fundraising; mobile/cell phone and texting/SMS activism; and Second Life and organizing in virtual worlds.
Nonprofit technology and software for techies, “accidental techies” and nonprofit executives alike, from Deborah Elizabeth Finn.
Michelle Murrain’s perspectives on nonprofit technology, with a specific focus on open-source software.
Idealware “provides candid Consumer Reports–style
reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits. Through
product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news,
Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will
help them be more effective.”
Stop overwhelming your web host by sending out your email newsletter through Outlook — and start sending out targeted messages to subsets of your subscriber lists. Groundwire’s report compares 10 “best of breed” email service providers for nonprofits — companies that give your organization the ability to send out mass emails or “eblasts” to your supporters. While Vertical Response is a great starting point (see our review of its free service, below), if you have a large list or specific needs, you’ll want to find the best option. This is an up-to-date guide to exactly that.
A lot of nonprofits use SurveyMonkey because it's the "market leader" in surveying. It's OK, though its nonstandard, inaccessible form elements can be an issue. More significantly, it caps the number of questions you can have in each survey (10) and the number of responses you can process (100/month) unless you get the paid version — and at $20/month, it's not cheap.
Enter SurveyBob, which allows you to create unlimited surveys, with unlimited questions, processing unlimited numbers of responses, for free. The statistics aren't as deep as SurveyMonkey, and at the end of a survey it dumps respondents onto the SurveyBob page, but still looks more professional than SurveyMonkey. Allows for embedding directly in websites, too.
There are lots of web hosts out there, and for particularly large or robust sites DreamHost might not be the best solution. But for smaller nonprofits it could be exactly what you’re looking for — because DreamHost offers free webhosting to 501(c)(3)-registered nonprofits in the United States.
Move beyond Evite! Set up professional event registration pages, complete with ticket sales, discount codes, post-event surveys and posting to Google Calendar. Payment is through PayPal or Google Checkout, which cost about 2.5% per transaction. Eventbrite charges an additional 2.5%, with a maximum of $10 — but is completely free for free events.
Although there are many mass-email providers, including Emma, Electric Embers and Constant Contact (see the link to the Email Service Provider Comparison report, above), Vertical Response offers free email list management to nonprofits who send out up to 10,000 emails per month. If you’re just getting off the ground, this is a good way to professionalize your communication with supporters without spending a bundle of cash. Vertical Response also integrates reasonably well with Salesforce, a software tool frequently used by nonprofits (see the last review below for details).
Can’t swing the cost of Photoshop, even with a TechSoup discount? The GIMP is a completely free, downloadable alternative to Photoshop that offers a surprising array of powerful image-editing abilities. Even better, it works on Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms.
Need to coordinate a phone conference or online meeting but don’t want to play the email scheduling game? Doodle allows you to easily set up a list of possible times and allow attendees to check off when they’re available — leaving you with a easily-visible chart of the ideal meeting times. For more complex user surveys, check out SurveyBob.