The number of free or low-cost, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. So much so that many nonprofit professionals are overwhelmed by the all choices – and as the Mobile Web and related start-ups continue to grow, prepare to be mind-boggled by all the new technology options available to your nonprofit in coming years.
1. 2dCode :: 2d-code.co.uk
A comprehensive blog about all things related to Quick Response (QR) Codes, Augmented Reality (AR), and Near Field Communication (NFC). Based in the U.K., 2d Code is a must read for the early adopters.
2. 4096 Color Wheel :: ficml.org/jemimap/style/color/wheel.html
A handy little tool when designing a YouTube channel, Twitter profile, MySpace page, blog, etc.
3. Addictomatic :: addictomatic.com
A social search tool that allows you to easily track mentions of your nonprofit on social networking sites, blogs, and websites. Simply enter your nonprofit’s name and Addictomatic then creates a page of all your search results for easy future reference.
4. Alexa Top Sites :: alexa.com/topsites
This website tracks what sites are the most popular in the world today. In addition to the list of global top sites, you can also view top sites by country.
5. BlogPulse :: blogpulse.com
A search engine for blog posts, this service illuminates the most popluar blog topics by day, week and month. Be to search for your nonprofit to know how and where your brand is buzzing in the blogosphere!
6. BrainyQuote :: brainyquote.com
A directory of quotes by famous people, this websites list thousands of inspirational quotes useful for Tweeting and Facebook Status Updates. A good quote is certain to garner your nonprofit Retweets and thumbs up on Facebook any day of the week.
7. CheckFacebook :: checkfacebook.com
This site provides an incredibly useful breakdown of Facebook users by age, gender, and location. It also pulls in a feed of most recent Facebook news and illuminates in real-time the fastest growing countries using Facebook.
8. Cinchcast :: cinchcast.com
This tool turns your smartphone or desktop computer into an audio recorder that allows you to easily share audio messages and podasts with your supporters. You can either broadcast live (think of it as your own radio station) or host the messages on the Cinchcast server for later listening. Cinchcast is ideal for nonprofits that are advancing their communications into real-time reporting while on location from fundraisers, conferences, protests, etc.
9. Creative Commons on Flickr :: flickr.com/creativecommons
A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles.
10. DailyFeats :: dailyfeats.com
A website (mobile app coming soon) that allows users to check-in while doing good deeds. From eating healthy to volunteering at local nonprofits, users earns points that can then be redeemed for rewards or special discounts offered by partner businesses.
11. Dipity :: dipity.com
This website allows users to build visually appealing interactive timelines using video, audio, images, location, social media, and timestamps. Nonprofits can use Dipity to create timelines that highlight their organizational history, current events, and special campaigns.
12. FrontlineSMS :: frontlinesms.com
A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. It must be downloaded and is available only to nonprofit organizations. Used widely throughout the globe, FrontlineSMS has empowered a texting revolutionat the grassroots by nonprofits in developing nations and has become a beacon for social good in mobile technology.
13. Google Internet Stats :: google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/internetstats
A collection of economic and media trends and stats. Very useful to social media practitioners and bloggers.
14. Google Mobile :: google.com/mobile
A mobile app that allows you easily conduct mobile searches by simply speaking into your phone using their new “Speak Now” technology. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. It is a must download!
15. GreatNonprofits :: greatnonprofits.org
A user-generated charity review site that’s ideal for nonprofits that are too small to get officially reviewed by Charity Navigator or the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, your supporters can write reviews for your nonprofit that you can then link to on your “Donate Now” landing page. That said, you should also monitor this site (and others like it) for the rare rogue review.
16. GroupMe :: groupme.com
Part-website, part-smartphone app, this tool enables free group texting between small groups of people. You can either manage your group online or on your mobile phone. Groups currently are maxed at 25 members, but in time will likely grow and perhaps even enable one-to-many group texting for free or at a very low-cost. GroupMe is useful for managing small teams of volunteers or for real-time communications between staff and volunteers during events.
17. HelpAttack! :: helpattack.com
This website allows your supporters to pledge to donate with each Facebook Status Update or Tweet they post on Facebook or Twitter. Donors can pledge as little as $.01 per Status Update or Tweet, and set monthly maximums for total donations. Partnered with Network for Good, if your nonprofit is already in the NFG database, then you have a profile on HelpAttack! that you can sign up to claim and and update.
18. IconsPedia :: iconspedia.com/pack/social-me-1467
A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc. In fact, I used them for this blog (see upper-right), but please ignore the silly photo in the Fotolia ad. It’s a throwback from social networking circa 2006.
19. Instagram :: instagr.am
A free, fun mobile photo-sharing iPhone App that turns your mobile photos instantly in art. Users simply take a photo with their iPhone and add special editing and art effects with one tap. The app then allows you to share your photos on a photo-by-photo basis on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, if your specify a location with your photos, you can opt to also share your photos on Foursquare.
20. Internet Archive Wayback Machine :: web.archive.org
This resources is always good for a laugh. Simply plug in your nonprofits’s website URL and you can seen cached versions of your site going back to 1996. Love it!
21. Museum of Me :: intel.com/museumofme
A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum. While at first it may feel a little narcissistic, it is a clever and moving exhibition of your Facebook life – and one of the few Facebook apps I have recommended that anyone add on Facebook.
22. oneforty :: oneforty.com
An online database of third-party social media apps and software, there are thousands of free tools listed in categories ranging from photos and videos to music and games. Hundreds of the apps are useful to nonprofits and in most cases all that is needed is a Twitter login and a little creative thinking.
23. Qwiki :: qwiki.com
A search engine that “knows millions of things” about people, places, and history, Qwiki takes the information from your Wikipedia Page and converts it into a more visual format complete with audio, video, digital photography, and the ability to “Improve This Qwiki.” If you haven’t done so already, it would be wise to search for your nonprofit on Wikipedia to see if anyone has created a page for your nonprofit, because that now means you also have a page on Qwiki.
24. Square :: squareup.com
Part-smartphone app, part-hardware device, Square enables the processing of credit card payments on your smartphone. Great for farmers’ market vendors, silent auctions, and fundraisers on the go!
25. SupporterWall :: supporterwall.com
A website that allows nonprofits to set up web-based SupporterWalls of which spots of varying sizes and donation amounts can be purchased by your supporters.
26. SwipeGood :: swipegood.com
A fundraising tool that allows donors to automatically round up their debit or credit card purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to the nonprofit of their choice. It’s built on the simple concept of donating your loose change to charity and thus far almost 400 nonprofits have signed up and been approved.
27. TwitSprout :: twitsprout.com
A fun, colorful way to track your nonprofit’s growth and activity on Twitter. Currently in beta, TwitSprout also allows you to easily convert your Twitter data into a PDF-format for easy sharing with others.
28. Twitter Mosaic :: sxoop.com/twitter
A website that allows you to create an image with a mosaic of your Twitter Followers’ avatars. Useful for web campaigns, Twitter Mosaic also provides the ability to create t-shirts that include your nonprofit’s Twitter name and your mosaic of Followers.
29. USTREAM :: ustream.tv
This tool allows nonprofits to easily create Web-based Internet “TV” stations. Even more amazing, their smartphone and tablet apps allow you to broadcast live from anywhere, anytime… for free. Live-streaming is ideal for reporting live from conferences, fundraisers, and protests. Definitely a trend to keep your eyes on as Internet TV begins to penetrate our living rooms in coming years.
30. Viddy :: viddy.com
A smartphone app that allows users to easily record, edit, and share videos in just a few taps. The design is slick, the functionality is cutting-edge, and the reviewers are raving. For mobile social networkers, Viddy is a must-download.
31. WeePlaces :: weeplaces.com
A tool that allows you to creatively showcase your Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places check-ins. If your nonprofit organizes speaking tours, hosts many events, or uses location-based communities for activism campaigns, WeePlaces is a unique way to visualize and share your check-ins on a web-based map with your Fans, Followers, and Friends.
32. What The Trend :: whatthetrend.com
An online database of what is #trending on Twitter with user-generated definitions of related hashtags.
33. Worldometers :: worldometers.info
A website that provides world statistics updated in real-time in categories ranging from world population to stats about energy and water consumption.