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  • 1. Free and Low Cost Tools You Can Use October 2008
  • 2. Andy Wolber [email_address] Tools You Can Use
  • 3. NPower’s Mission
    • To inspire and empower nonprofits to use technology to better serve their communities.
  • 4. Presentations
    • SlideShare.net/NPowerMichigan
  • 5. Web Browser
    • www.getfirefox.com
    • AdBlock Plus, FireShot
  • 6. Wikis
    • http://NPTechguide.pbwiki.com/
  • 7.
    • Wouldn’t it be nice?
      • Share calendars
      • Share contacts
      • Access ENTIRE mailbox (inbox & all folders) anywhere
      • Access all your own contacts, calendar, and tasks anywhere
      • Internal website for announcements, discussion
      • Share & collaborate on documents online
      • Organization-wide calendar
    Email / File Share / Collaborate +
  • 8. Email / File Share / Collaborate
    • Option 1: Exchange & Sharepoint
      • Need T1 internet: $300 per month minimum
      • Need your own server: hardware + labor $3000 every 5 years
      • Need large backup hard drives: minimum 2 @ $150 each
      • Need separate antivirus protection: $85 dollars @ TechSoup.org
      • Maintenance and updates required
      • Server goes down = email goes down
      • Internet connection goes down = email goes down
    • Option 2: Hosted Exchange & Sharepoint
      • Basic DSL connection
      • No server needed
      • Backed up by Hosted Exchange provider
      • Antivirus protection included
      • Maintenance and updates included
      • $9 to $12 per month, per user
      • Makes sense for 25 or fewer staff
      • Recommended providers:
        • Intermedia.net
        • Sherweb.com
  • 9.
    • Google Apps for Nonprofits – www.google.com/a/npo
      • Email with your domain (i.e. [email_address] )
      • Shared calendars
      • Organizational calendar
      • Internal team website
      • Share and collaborate on documents online (word processing, spreadsheet, etc)
    Email & Online Collaboration
  • 10.
    • www.xobni.com
    Email Plug-in
  • 11.
    • http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/
    Google
  • 12.
    • Zoho.com
      • Online apps (word proc., spreadsheet, presentation)
      • Web conferencing, Contact Database
      • Basic versions of all apps are free
    Online Productivity
  • 13. Software
    • OpenOffice.org
  • 14. File Sharing
    • www.Drop.io
      • Post documents, audio clips, videos, pictures
      • Share with staff, board members, etc.
      • 100 MB free storage
  • 15. Image Capture
    • www.qipit.com
    • www.scanr.com
  • 16.
    • JungleDisk.com
      • Use as a shared network drive
      • Use as automated file backup
      • $2 per user per month, plus 15 ¢ per GB
    File Sharing & Online Backup
  • 17.
    • More Online File Sharing and Backup
      • Mesh.com
      • Mozypro.com
      • Box.net
      • YouSendit.com
    File Sharing & Online Backup More listed at: http://techmagazine.ws/free-online-file-storage/
  • 18. Software
    • Productivity Software at TechSoup.org
      • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional - $20
      • PeachTree Premium Accounting 2009 - $65
      • Quickbooks Premier 2008 - $45
    Should I get Office 2003 or Office 2007 from TechSoup?
  • 19. Software
    • Donor Management Databases
      • eTapestry – online database, free for under 500 records
      • Organizer’s Database
      • http://metrix.fcny.org/
  • 20. Online Database
    • Salesforcefoundation.org/product
      • Free Enterprise version of CRM (Constituent Management Database)
      • Online, accessible anywhere, automatically backed up/updated
      • Tracks donor, clients, volunteers, board members
      • Needs to be customized for nonprofit
  • 21.
    • WildApricot.com
      • Website & Online Donations - e-Newsletter tool
      • Event/Class registration - Integrated blog
      • Constituent database - Members only login
    Website & Database Pricing based on size of database: $25/month for 250 $50/month for 500
  • 22. Online Database
    • Network For Good’s Donor Suite
      • Customized Salesforce database
      • Customized and integrated online donations page on your website
      • Integrated E-newsletter
      • $99 a month
  • 23. Software
    • Security
      • Antivirus – under $100 at TechSoup
        • Norton Antivirus 2008
        • Norton Internet Security
        • Corporate Edition version 10.2
      • ZoneAlarm.com – free firewall software
  • 24. Software Vs. Adobe Acrobat 9 - $299 retail
    • PDF Maker
      • PDF Creator - http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
  • 25. Hardware
    • Palm Centro
      • Lowest cost smartphone
      • Sync Email
      • Calendar
      • Contacts
      • Browse the web
      • Requires a data plan
      • Available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon
    Priced on 9-9-08 BestBuy.com with 2 year plan
  • 26.
    • MeetingWizard.com
      • Send a single meeting request to many people with proposed dates and times
      • Choose the time that works best for most
      • Automated email reminders
    Scheduling
  • 27.
    • MyCommittee.com
      • Create a committee, add agenda, invite members, automated meeting reminders post minutes, discuss/edit online
      • Free for 1 committee
    Meetings
  • 28.
    • VerticalResponse.com/non-profits
      • Free E-newsletter marketing for nonprofits
      • Send up to 10,000 emails a month
      • 15% discount beyond 10,000
    E-newsletter
  • 29.
    • Blogger.com & Wordpress.com
      • Free way to extend your online presence
      • Promote your organization
      • Less formal way to communicate your message
    Blogs
  • 30.
    • Bloglines.com
      • A way to read many updated blog entries on one page
      • Also called RSS readers
      • Stay up-to-date in your area of specialty
    Blog Reader
  • 31. Social Bookmarking
    • Del.icio.us
      • Shared (“Social”) Bookmarking tool
      • Sign up for an account and share bookmarks across your organization
      • http://del.icio.us/NPowerMichigan
  • 32.
    • FreeConferenceCall.com & Rondee.com
      • Host a conference call for free
      • Usually not a local number
    Conference Calls
  • 33.
    • Skype.com
      • Free person-to-person video calls
      • Free conference calls up to 25 people
    Video Conferencing
  • 34.
    • Oovoo.com
      • Free video conferencing for up to 3 people at a time
    Video Conferencing
  • 35. Online Conferencing
    • DimDim.com
      • Online voice, video
      • Share slides, show your computer Desktop
      • Free for 20 or less attendees
  • 36. SMS / Texting
    • TextMarks.com
    • www.mydropcard.com
  • 37.
    • LogMeIn.com
      • Free access to your computer at the office
      • Work on files, email, etc.
    • www.orb.com
    Remote Access
  • 38.
    • Dreamhost.com
      • Free webhosting for nonprofits ( http://www.dreamhost.com/hosting-nonprofit.html )
      • Includes email accounts, domain registration
    Webhosting
  • 39.
    • SurveyMonkey.com & Zoomerang.com
      • Free for less that 100 responders
      • Survey staff, members, board, etc.
    Online Survey Tools
  • 40. Online Photo Sharing
    • Flickr.com/good
      • Pro Account for free at TechSoup.org
      • Tell your story with photos: Post pictures of events, community, staff, etc.
      • Embed on your website
  • 41. Online Video Sharing
    • YouTube.com/nonprofits
      • Video campaigns educate/raise awareness
      • Promote your org or an event
  • 42.
    • Office.Microsoft.com
      • Free training and demos for Office 2003 & 2007
    Online Training
  • 43.
    • HP.com/go/learningcenter
      • Basic computer, email, Office suite training
    Online Training
  • 44.
    • Nonprofit Technology Webinars
      • Choosing a database
      • Blogging
      • Web Redesign
      • Online Donations
      • Social Media
    Online Training NTEN.org Idealware.org
  • 45.
    • CommonCraft.com
      • Plain English explanations of:
        • Blogs
        • Wikis
        • Social Media
    Online Training
  • 46. Computer Maintenance
    • Free tools
      • Ccleaner – clears out temp files, browser history, log files, more
      • Spybot – scans for spyware
      • Disk Defrag by Auslogics – better defrag tool
      • Go to www.download.com and search by keyword
  • 47. DNS Server / Filtering www.opendns.com
  • 48. Efficiency Tips www.lifehacker.com http://news.cnet.com/webware/
  • 49. www.tinyurl.com www.snipurl.com
  • 50. http://linkbun.ch/2xqk
  • 51.
    • Andy Wolber
    • [email_address]