Most of the nonprofits even today have their staff and volunteers working remotely due to coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to online tools that made remote working and communication possible.
Also for a nonprofit, it’s more important than ever to have a strong online presence so that they keep their supporters, donors and volunteers interested and up-to-date. By making use of appropriate online tools and software, you can get things done at the comfort of your home and be more productive.
But, the big problem with nonprofits is that they usually don’t have a budget especially to procure paid tools and software.
Not to worry. We have rounded up some of the essential (must-have) free tools that help nonprofits manage their day-to-day operations with ease.
It’s a cloud based, chat-style communication tool that’s perfect for remote working. It allows staff and volunteers to easily collaborate on projects, text chat with teammates, hold 1-1 AV calls, share files and integration with max 10 3rd party apps under a free plan.
No need for a professional designer to create visually stunning graphic designs. Use Canva. It’s a drag and drop graphic design tool for non-techies to quickly design social media posts, website images, presentations, logos, business cards, brochures, infographics etc for free.
It’s an easiest social media management tool that allows to manage upto 3 social media channels with upto 10 scheduled posts per channel in a queue in a free plan - which is enough for a small nonprofit organisation.
One of the best ways to manage your projects and tasks is to make use of Trello. It’s a complete project and task management software designed to keep track of all your tasks and it’s progress all at one place.
It’s a cloud-based encrypted file storage platform that allows users to send, receive and store large files which can be accessed from anywhere, from any device. In the free version, you get max 2 GB space for file storage.
With Zoom, you can do remote team meetings, live webinars and run virtual events. It offers excellent call and video quality with online chat, screen and document sharing options. In a free version, it allows upto 100 participants, 40 min group meetings and unlimited 1-on-1 meetings.
It’s a simple, easy to use email marketing software that’s perfect for small and midsize nonprofit organizations. It has an inbuilt drag and drop editor to design emails, landing pages and websites along with advanced features like automation even in a free plan that allows upto 1000 subscribers with 12000 emails/month.
It’s one of the most popular nonprofit CRM that’s totally free - wherein you can add up to 1,000,000 contacts with unlimited free users. It helps to manage contacts, prospects, companies, deals, documents, tasks & activities etc. Additionally, it offers easy integration with its other softwares like marketing hub (free & premium plans), sales hub (free & premium plans), service hub (free & premium plans), CMS hub (premium plans) and operations hub (free & premium versions).
Google Workspace offers all-in-one collaboration tools like Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Drive, Chat, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites etc along with a custom email to nonprofits for free in their basic plan. It allows 100 participants video meetings, 30 GB cloud storage / user, security and management controls along standard support under this plan. For higher plans, it offers at a heavy discount rates to nonprofits.
Again a cloud-based, 100% free accounting software for nonprofits to manage their books from anywhere, anytime. It’s a beginner-friendly software that can be easily learned without a need of any accounting experience.
Happy Remote Working!