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Tools for Nonprofits

A list of useful tools for nonprofits. The goal is free and open source, but some make the list because of discounts, affordability, or they are simply the best.

Design

Canva

canva.com Free, with optional premium graphics. Simple online graphic maker/editor. Comes with templates. Good for quick/easy social media graphics.

Photopea

photopea.com Free. Online replacement image editor for photoshop.

Operating Systems

Ubuntu

https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop Free, Open Source. Built on Linux, Ubuntu is a free and open source alternative to operating systems like Windows and Mac OS. There are plenty of different versions of Linux, but Ubuntu is well supported, easy to use, and popular.

Office Software

LibreOffice

http://www.libreoffice.org/ Free, Open Source. An entire office suite of software that is free. Can open and export to a wide variety of document formats, including docx, xlsx. Contains a number of individual programs that compare to MS Office software.

  • LO Writer - MS Word
  • LO Calc - MS Excel
  • LO Impress - MS PowerPoint
  • LO Base - MS Access

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms

Free for Nonprofits (See G Suite for Nonprofits; under 'Internal Email, Calendar, Docs') Google docs and co let you create and open a handful of document types. When stored in google drive allows for easy sharing and collaboration with others.

Security

Bitwarden

https://bitwarden.com/ Free for personal. Paid Teams and Enterprise versions available. Say they offer discounts for nonprofits, but don't list what that is. Secure password and note manager for all your devices. Ability to share passwords and notes with others.

1Password

https://1password.com/teams/pricing/ Paid for personal. Paid Teams and Enterprise versions available, with 50% discount for nonprofits. Secure password and note manager for all your devices. Ability to share passwords and notes with others.

Lastpass

https://www.lastpass.com/ Free for limited personal use. Paid Teams and Enterprise versions available, with 30% discount for nonprofits. Secure password and note manager for one device type. Ability to share passwords and notes with others.

Email Marketing

Mailchimp

https://mailchimp.com/ Paid, with free option for small accounts. Nonprofit discount of 15%, and security discount of 10%. Easily create, manage, and grow, marketing email lists and newsletters. Mailchimp provides analytics, and makes it easy to design great emails for your subscribers, while keeping you up on best practices.

Video Conferencing

Jitsi

https://meet.jit.si/

Free, encrypted, open source video conferencing solution.

Internal Email, Calendar, Docs

G Suite for Nonprofits

https://www.google.com/nonprofits/products/apps-for-nonprofits.html Free for nonprofits. Formerly Google Apps for Nonprofits, G Suite for Nonprofits provides you with Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, and more for an unlimited number of users.

Generating Reports

Metabase

https://metabase.com/ Free, Open Source Open source tool for browsing and visualizing data and generating reports from your company's databases.

Communication

Slack

https://slack.com/ Free with limitations, Free for nonprofits Slack let's your team, org, company w together in an online chat. With support for 'channels' you can organize your team or communications however you want. Add slackbots and apps to integrate and automate your workflows. Free Slack limits the number of automations you can have, and archives messages beyond the most recent 10,000. Paid plans are per

Mattermost

https://www.mattermost.org/ Free, Open Source Mattermost is like slack, but free, open source, and is self hosted (meaning you will need IT, or Developers to maintain and upgrade it). It supports pretty much everything slack supports and more. It has docker support to make running your own instance easier.

Howdy - Slack App/Bot

https://slack.com/apps/A09RDP4AW-howdy Free Howdy is a powerful bot that you can configure to automate tasks by collecting responses from your team and posting or sending the results. Our top use of howdy is to do a daily standup (check-in) to see what the team finished working on, what they plan on working on next, and if anything is slowing them down or blocking them.

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