Crowdsourced online tools for charities

Here’s a handy list of free online tools for charities, put together by my Twitter followers, most of whom work in charities themselves.

It’s a fantastic example of crowd-sourcing at its best. Have a play and see if they can’t make your life easier.

(big thanks to Ross Wintle, Paul Darigan, Jack Ashman, Joe Phillips and Bronte McConnell for their contributions)

Calendars/Events

Calendar Check
Visitors can check out charity events, volunteer to help their chosen charity, publicise fundraising events to help raise awareness and maximise revenue. Charities can also find out about other charity events in their area to avoid clashing, and browse through the list of product suppliers, all for free.

Doodle
Event scheduling – poll participants for availability and then let them know when the event is. Very handy for meetings.

 

Campaigns

Comparison of eCampaigning Tools
This is a useful link to another spreadsheet that compares eCampaigning Tools

Community Newswire
Helps distribute press releases to national and regional news organisations for free    Online submission form or email community.newswire@ pressassociation.com.

Image editors

Inkscape
Free vector graphics editor. Useful tool, feels a bit ‘clunky’ at first

Google Apps
Email, calendar and document collaboration. Office alternative – document collaboration is great fun.

GIMP
Image manipulation, like Photoshop. The closest you can get to Photoshop for free.

Paint.NET
Simple image manipulation. Windows only, but easier to use than GIMP

Picnik
Online image manipulation, no registration needed.

Aviary
Online image manipulation, plus other tools for graphics/images/drawings

Prezi
Zooming presentation tool

 

Social media

Buffer
Allows you to queue tweets at pre-determined times. Easy to use analytics.

TweetDeck
Schedules posts, allows you to look at multiple Twitter streams. Easy to use, not great for teams, but has a smartphone app.

HootSuite
Schedules posts, allows you to look at multiple Twitter streams. Easy to use, in-built URL shortener, gives basic stats.

Storify
Allows curation of social media posts. Easy to use, supports the main sites, can pull in links, easy to share, good for campaign feedback

CoTweet
Similar social aggregator/scheduling tool to HootSuite/Tweetdeck et al. Allows more separate (free) logins under same account than others – with “assigned to me” notes & handy bit.ly integration for easy peasy shortening and tracking in one go

Timely
Works out most effective times to tweet and automatically tweets for you. Can connect to bit.ly too.

Followerwonk
Allows you to search Twitter bios and locations for people to connect to.

NameChk
Quick check of username availability on a multitude of social networks.

NixonMcInnes Retweet Tool
Gives you the number of retweets for each tweet according to Twitter handle and date    Quick, handy.

Hashtracking
Counts the number of Tweets containing a hashtag, their  (potential) impressions and ‘reach’. Handy way of gauging the impact/reach of a hashtag for campaigns

bitly
URL shortener with tracking. Reasonably useful for measuring click-throughs on links. Bit.ly account can be easily synced with TweetDeck.

 

Productivity

Orchestra
To do list and task management for teams. Looks lovely!

Asana
Manage tasks and projects. Relatively new tool but looks very good. Free for up to 30 collaborators.

 

Data

Google Chart Tools    
Lots of tools for presenting data in funky ways

 

File / document sharing

Dropbox
Creates folders that you can sync and share between computers. Free for up to 2G.

 

Tea-making

Steep.it
Timer for brewing tea along with details of how best to brew different sorts of tea. Most charities would be nothing without a few caffeinated beverages here and there.

 

Fundraising

JustTextGiving
Allows donors to text donations

 

Screencasting

Screenr
ScreenCast tool – maybe helpful for demos of products/services or for staff training

Jing
Another screencasting tool – very straightforward to use.

One Response to “Crowdsourced online tools for charities”

  1. Helen Price 02/22/2012 at 12:42 pm #

    What about i-volunteer?
    http://www.i-volunteer.org.uk
    for all volunteer comms, calls to action, networking for volunteering led projects, managing volunteer teams and so on…

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