You are not alone: 10 FREE Nonprofit Resources that will help amplify your cause
You are not alone. There are plenty of resources here for you. One of the top concerns non-profit organizations have is whether they can get the resources they need at an affordable price. And if they don’t have to pay anything at-all, then that’s an added benefit and truly helps to keep an organization’s bottom-line cost-effective. From social media tools to services, there are lots of help out there to amplify your cause. I’ve outlined 10 that you’re likely to need starting up a non-profit organization.
1. Google for Nonprofits – Google for Nonprofits offers organizations access to highly discounted or free products. These tools can help you find new donors and volunteers, work efficiently, and get supporters to take action.
2. Google Apps for non-profits allows organizations to retain their existing domain names and at the same time, use Google Mail for work, Talk, Calendar and Docs for collaboration, along with other Google resources. This means you no longer need to pay for email hosting, or ‘maintenance’ or ‘upgrade’ charges. You don’t have to use personal Gmail and Yahoo accounts for work, AND you can have email addresses under your own domain name when communicating with customers and donors.
3. Donortools is an online donor management software for charities and nonprofit organizations. This product allows easy access to donor records from any computer with an internet connection. You can record donations, look up donor history and compile reports from home or on the field. You can also let donors sign in, view their donation history and make donations online. Sign up here DonorTools:
4. YouTube for Nonprofits – To help you activate your cause, you can tell a compelling story, and launch an effective campaign on YouTube! They now have a resource for nonprofits. Learn how your nonprofit can use these benefits and make the most out of YouTube by downloading the Playbook for Good and joining the YouTube Nonprofit Google Group
5. Volunteer Match – Aims to VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. http://www.volunteermatch.org/
6. JustGive.org was one of the first nonprofit organizations to channel the power of the Internet for online giving. At JustGive, you can give donors an easy, satisfying and unique donation experience. Customize your organization’s page to show them how they can help and why they should. Motivating for them, effective for you.
7. Good360.org – With Good360 nonprofit have full access to the online catalog of available donated products. You can partner with local retail stores in your community. Pick up products in your own community, cutting out shipping costs and building local relationships. And have full access to ongoing donation programs, including the Mattel program and products provided throughout the year by Adobe, Autodesk, and Citrix (GotoWebinar and GotoMeeting).
8. Click and Pledge.org – is a Software-as-a-Service designed exclusively for non-profits and priced to save money. Click & Pledge grows with your organization, eliminates expensive software investments and long-term license fees. Begin and deploy as much of our software as your organization requires, from a simple one-page donation form to complete e-commerce, donor management and web content features.
9. ScheduleOnce.com – allows clients and colleagues to schedule meetings easily without the need for multiple phone calls, texts, or emails. ScheduleOnce provides a personal schedule page that integrates with Google calendar. Users simply click on a few available time options to schedule meetings with others, which then allows the meeting planner to review and approve the time that works best for everyone.
10. RequirementOne.com – ReqMan is a free online comprehensive project management tool that provides support to get a non-profit’s projects up and running quickly by supplying predefined templates for project types and outlines as well as managing requirements and associated information for any organization.
These tools and so many more are available to help you streamline your process and get you results that will help propel your cause.
Non-Profit Expert – Kia Morgan Smith from Atlanta Diaper Relief, Atlanta Georgia
Kia Morgan Smith is the Founder and CEO of Atlanta Diaper Relief, the first non-profit diaper bank in Atlanta Georgia. She works tirelessly to ensure that families have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants; and works to raise community awareness that “basic human needs” include diapers and that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty.
With ‘diaper need’ being a relatively new concept to many in Atlanta, Kia was up against the odds in proving children without diapers suffer more than a rash; there are emotional and financial consequences that parents bear too. Kia built awareness and strong community support surrounding this issue in just two years, earning endorsements and support from major Fortune 500 companies like Walmart, Huggies and most recently honored as a Ford Unsung Hero.
With her ‘get-it-done’ attitude and gumption, Kia has harnessed the power of community and built a diaper bank with more than 100,000 diapers which serves thousands of Metro Atlanta families through help from partner agencies. Atlanta Diaper Relief has been making a huge impact by helping Atlanta’s poorest and neediest families who are struggling to pay for a basic essential like diapers.
Kia is a mother of five children, a grandmom, and a loving wife. And when she’s not covering “bottoms” she is an active mommy blogger on Cincomom.com. You can find out more about diaper need at www.AtlantaDiaperRelief.org or follow @AtlDiaperRelief or friend Facebook.com/AtlantaDiaperRelief. Or catch her tweeting about life as a mom of many, @KiaMorganSmith or @TheCincomom.
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