Free and low cost tools for nonprofits


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A brief introduction to the many different free or low costs tools, programs, software, and more available to nonprofits.

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Free and low cost tools for nonprofits

  1. 1. Free and Low Cost Tools for Nonprofits a brown bag presentation
  2. 2. Road Map• Software donations through TechSoup and Microsoft• Google for Nonprofits o Google Apps for Nonprofits (email, calendar, documents) o Google Grants for AdWords o Many more...• Other recommended software• Resources• Q&A
  3. 3. NPower Northwest• Vision o A thriving community with high performing nonprofits.• Mission o To strengthen the nonprofit sector by catalyzing innovation and driving adoption of technology solutions.
  4. 4. IntroductionsElissa Thomas Abby NafzigerHandsOn Tech AmeriCorp VISTA HandsOn Tech AmeriCorp VISTAServing at NPower NW Serving at NPower
  5. 5. Software donations through TechSoup• Take this Eligibility Quiz to determine what specific software discounts are available for your organization.• Microsoft Software Donation Program gives nonprofits and libraries volume license products which are handled through the Volume License Service Center.• Possible software includes:
  6. 6. Software discounts through Microsoft• Microsoft offers a broad range of software donations for nonprofits.• Eligibility are the same requirements as TechSoup, mainly requires a 501c3 status.• In addition to Software, Microsoft offers a range of training opportunities including: o Free, self-paced, interactive provided by Microsoft E- Learning (available to Microsoft Software Donation recipients only) o Unlimited Potential Community Learning Development System o Learn to use Microsoft Office through self-paced online training
  7. 7. All the Google Products
  8. 8. Our Favorite Google Products
  9. 9. Eligibility for Google for NonprofitsOrganizations must: • Hold current 501(c)(3) status, as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service • Acknowledge and agree to the applications required certifications regarding nondiscrimination and donation receipt and use.These organizations are NOT eligible: • Governmental entities and organizations • Hospitals and health care organizations • Schools, childcare centers, academic institutions, and universities (philanthropic arms of educational organizations are eligible). To learn more about Googles programs for educational institutions, visit Google in Education.Description of the Application ProcessGoogle reserves the right to grant or deny an organizations application or participation at any time, for any reason, and tosupplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time. Selections are made at Googles sole discretion, and are notsubject to external review.
  10. 10. Example of Google Grants (AdWords)
  11. 11. Google Grants (AdWords)• Google Grants AdWords accounts have a daily budget set to $329 dollars, which is equivalent to about $10,000 per month of advertising on• This is a big deal• Easy to set up, but the more time you spend on it the better you can fine-tune it and get better results• At the very least, set it up!
  12. 12. Google Apps• Custom email:• Email access through any web browser or smartphone• Easy to add / delete / manage users• Instant message, call, or video chat over the internet with your staff• View and share calendars• Google Documents o Collaborate real time editing word documents o Spreadsheets (like Excel) o Presentations (such as this one)• Free if you have less than 3,000 users• If this is right for your organization, this can be a game changer!
  13. 13. Google Apps
  14. 14. Google Analytics
  15. 15. Other recommended toolsDropbox for file storagePaint.NET for image editingOpenOffice for word processingZoho Apps as an alternative to Google Apps
  16. 16. Summary• To start using TechSoup, sign up, register your organization, and submit documents to qualify. Then request donations• Apply for the Google for Nonprofits program if youd like: o Google Grants (AdWords) o Google Apps (email, calendar, documents)• Otherwise start using other Google products for free• Dropbox for small file storage / backups• Paint.NET for image editing• Zoho Apps and OpenOffice for word processing, etc.• There are many, many, many more available tools!
  17. 17. ResourcesNTENs ReportsIdealwares Articles & Reports (for example A FewGood Video-Editing Tools)TechSoups Learning CenterNPower Northwests Knowledge CenterMixtape Communications Free Tool Friday
  18. 18. Any questions? Is that it?!photo by