You’ll find a variety of tech tools in this 2-part round-up: something to fit every nonprofit’s budget and a wide range of your practical day-to-day needs – from volunteer and member management, to web publishing and document sharing, to back office tasks, project management, and more. Part I and Part II.
Wufoo is an Internet application that helps anybody build amazing online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast and fun. All you need is a browser, an Internet connection and a few minutes to build a form and start using it right away.
Free accounts let you create 3 forms with 10 fields, 100 submissions and 10 reports. Premium accounts bump up these numbers, allowing respondents to upload files and be redirected to a URL of your choosing after the form is completed. Four service levels are available at between $9 and $199 per month. Wufoo also supports all UTFF characters, so forms can be multilingual.
Idealware offers reviews and reports on software specifically for nonprofts. Provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions. Idealware is an authoritative online guide to the software that allows U.S. nonprofits—especially small ones—to be more effective.
TechSoup offers discounted software, hardware, services, and training to nonprofits. Find the software you need for a small administrative fee – includes Microsoft, Adobe, and much more. Free learning resources are available to all users. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits can access donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware, and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.
This “map app” finds social enterprises that are nearby, in other cities, or online. It provides information about their products, their social impact and their location, and can be used with any major PC or Mac browser except Internet Explorer. Social Impact App also works on iPhones and some Androids, using the phone’s browser. The goal is to expand the market for social enterprises, by making it easy for socially-minded customers to find them. Social Impact App is now on the web.
The Social Impact App includes social enterprises from 11 countries, with most businesses in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Australia. They have about 1000 listings so far (mostly retail at this point), and have ambitious plans to increase that number to 3000+ in 2013 and 5000 in 2014.
Look for mobile versions of the Social Impact App in your app store.
NTEN supports nonprofit technology professionals (and accidental techies) with training and resources including an annual tech conference. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.
NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within our community. We connect our members to each other, provide professional development opportunities, educate our constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearhead groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting our entire community.