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A Few Good Blogging Tools

Personal reasons aside, blogs are particularly useful for organizations as a way to publicize expertise on a topic in the issue area, to educate constituents, promote the organization's work, or share a story from behind-the-scenes. By making the organization easier to find through search engines, a blog is also helpful for promoting a website and online information.

Tags - Social Media
A Few Good Case Management Tools

Was written by Laura Quinn and Jay Leslie for Idealware. If thoughts of detailed client histories and reports to funders are daunting, it may be time to consider the many good case management tools that will help track demographics, interactions, scheduling, billing information, and more. In this article, the authors summarize what tools case management experts recommend.

Tags - Management
A Few Good Constituent Relationship Management Tools

An organization maintains relationships with a number of people in a number of different groups, some discrete, some overlapping, and being able to track and manage information about those relationships is critical to success.

Tags - Communications and Networking
A Few Good Methods for Processing Credit Cards

If a nonprofit needs to accept credit card payments, it's never been easier to do so. Whether those payments include donations made over the phone, on-site registration fees at the next conference, or purchases at a booth, gift shop, or craft fair, there are a number of ways to accept credit cards as payment. Some require different types of hardware and software and relationships with banks. Here are several options and suggestions.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
A Few Good Online Conferencing Tools

This article looks at the different tools currently available to help have a more integrated experience with a remote group of participants through online conferencing. In the article, a number of nonprofit professionals talk about the tools that have worked for them in this area. While these are not the only tools available—literally dozens of options exist—they are widely used and might work to meet a nonprofit’s needs.

Tags - Communications and Networking
A Few Good Print-on-Demand Tools

Despite frequent claims that print is dead, many nonprofits are looking for ways to affordably create and distribute published works-everything from local directories and guides to full-fledged books. But publishing can take a lot of time and money that could otherwise be spent on programs or mission-related tasks. A Print-On-Demand (POD) service can be a low-cost solution that provides creative services and distribution of printed resources to constituents, wherever they may be.

Tags - Communications and Networking
A Few Good RSVP Tools: Online Registration Options for Free Events

Planning a free event? It can be difficult to justify paying a lot of money for online registration software, but trying to get by with email or online invitation tools like Evite can leave you frustrated. Don’t worry—you have options. We talked to seven nonprofit technology experts about useful and affordable options for collecting RSVPs for free events.

Tags - Technology
A Few Good Tools for eAdvocacy

Advocacy organizations often encourage their grassroots supporters to influence politicians and corporations using different methods, from promoting a cause or opposing legislation to challenging ad campaigns or policies. A large display of public opinion can have a powerful message, and advocacy groups often help to focus and channel this support to make the most impact. It used to be done by mail, but this article shows how an organization can use internet-based communication tools to accompli

Tags - Advocacy
A Few Good Tools for Nonprofit Payrolls

Though payroll is an essential function of every organization, it’s easy for nonprofits to make it a low priority as they pursue their core missions. Many small nonprofits struggle to meet human resources needs, lacking the funding for dedicated HR staff—and the experience that comes with it. However, not giving enough attention to HR functions can make employees feel as though they’re being overlooked.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
A Few Good Tools for Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

This article examines online tools that can be used to set up individual donation pages for engaging donors in a fundraiser.

Tags - Fundraising
A Few Good Tools for Video Editing

The ubiquity of video cameras and the proliferation of video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo have made it possible for even the smallest organizations to include short videos as part of their outreach and engagement strategies. In this article are a few good options for editing the footage that has been shot and readying it for public consumption.

Tags - Social Media
A Few Good Tools: Board Portals and Other Ways to Collaborate

Collaboration is integral to the work done by foundations and nonprofits. This is especially true for boards of directors tasked with working together to guide organizations — but when board members and staff are spread across multiple offices or geographic locations, collaboration is not as easy as sitting around a conference room table. Whether voting on proposed budgets, preparing financial documents or recommendations for upcoming meetings, or evaluating pending grant proposals, sharing do

Tags - Board Development
A Guide to Building A More Aligned and Productive Team

Is an article written by Rosemarie Truman for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, Truman shares the essentials for creating, retaining and galvanizing a dream team of nonprofit staff.

Tags - Management
A Guide to Email Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

For many fundraising purposes, email is the most profitable marketing channel. This eBook can help nonprofits succeed with email fundraising through strategies for building an active contact list, designing a fundraising campaign, and communicating with supporters.

Tags - Communications and Networking
A Guide to Grant Writing: How to Write and Search for Grants

Is an article written for Nonprofit Quarterly. The article both defines grant writing and identifies the key parts of the grant proposal process.

Tags - Fundraising