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100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

March 8, 2013

social_media_collage copyThe number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. 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.

That said, to be alerted of new low-cost or free resources and tools available for nonprofits, please subscribe to the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 e-Newsletter. A section of the e-newsletter entitled “Resource Spotlight” features a new resource/tool in each edition.

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. 360 Panorama :: occipital.com/360/app

Ideal for mobile social networkers, this $.99 app allows you to easily create panoramic photos on your smartphone. Simply tap the screen and pan your device in any direction. You’ll see your panorama being built in realtime as every incoming frame is processed. This is a must-buy app if your nonprofit regularly tells your story through mobile photo-sharing.

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. Animoto :: animoto.com

Animoto enables users to turn their  photos, video clips, and music into videos that can be uploaded to YouTube and shared on the Social Web. They also offer their premium services for free through their Animoto for a Cause program.

6. Annual Calendar of Social Good and Cause Campaigns :: nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/annualcalendar

A must-bookmark list of special days that acknowledge social good events and cause campaigns. Ideal for launching online fundraising and awareness campaigns, your nonprofit needs at least a month to prepare your campaign materials and craft your messaging in order to build a sense of anticipation among your fans and followers.

7. Aradium :: facebook.com/aradium

Aradium is a new service that enables nonprofits and small businesses to create and host online stores inside of their Facebook Pages. Responsively designed for both desktop and mobile devices, customers can buy, share, like, comment and checkout all from your nonprofit’s Facebook Page. For nonprofits that sell products online, Aradium offers their service to legal 501c3 organizations for free.

8. 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.

9. Bravo :: getbravo.com

Bravo enables brands to capture user-generated videos directly from the Web. Nonprofits could use Bravo to capture testimonials from donors and supporters or position statements from advocates and activists – and they do offer discounts for nonprofits.

10. Change.org :: change.org

Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform. If your nonprofit engages in advocacy, it’s worth experimenting with. It’s also worth noting that they have an excellent mobile website which enables nonprofits to make their online advocacy campaigns mobile.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Clipix :: clipix.com

Clipix makes bookmarking a.k.a. clipping articles and links extremely easy. Nonprofit staff often need to manage and organize large quantities of web links for later viewing, and bookmarking via browsers is becoming cumbersome. With a Pinterest-like design, Clipix is the new generation of online content management.

14. Creative Commons on Flickr :: flickr.com/creativecommons

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles.

15. CrowdVoice :: crowdvoice.org

Ideal for activist organizations, CrowdVoice allows organizers to create “Voices” of protest where users can monitor and contribute links, photos, and videos of protests worldwide. It’s a creative, visual way to tell your organization’s stories of protest to your online communities.

16. Daily DoGooder :: thedailydogooder.com

Daily DoGooder is a free e-newsletter that delivers one, just one, excellent cause video to your inbox each day. If your nonprofit needs creative inspiration or wants to see what other nonprofits are doing to tell their story via video, this is a must subscribe e-newsletter.

17. 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.

18. DollarPerMonth.org :: dollarpermonth.org

Each month, DollarPerMonth.org selects three charities for its members (who have pledged to donate a minimum of $1 per month) to vote on. The winning charity receives 50% of the community donations, the 2nd charity receives 30%, and the 3rd charity receives 20%. With only 36 charities selected per year, most nonprofits will not be able to participate but its a clever and powerful idea that could be easily duplicated by employee giving programs and socially responsible businesses.

19. Easelly :: easel.ly

Easelly allows you to easily to create infographics for your nonprofit by using pre-designed templates and a simple drag-and-drop process for data integration.

20. Facebook Cheat Sheet :: dreamgrow.com/facebook-cheat-sheet-sizes-and-dimensions

Updated regularly, the Facebook Cheat Sheet is a collection of must-know sizes, dimensions, and figures for Facebook Fan Pages.

21. Facebook Page Barometer :: barometer.agorapulse.com

Facebook Page Barometer is a tool that enables you to compare your nonprofit’s Facebook Page Insights (Reach, Engagement, Click-through Rate) to other pages that have signed up for the service (currently 3,300+).

22. Flavors :: flavors.me

Flavors is a tool that allows nonprofits to easily create simple, well-designed websites for as little as $20 per year. For small nonprofits with tiny budgets, Flavors is an excellent option. Otherwise, nonprofits who already have websites can use Flavors to create landing pages for social media and fundraising campaigns as needed. For example, see Plan Asia’s Flavors Page at flavors.me/planasia.

23. Flipagram :: flipagr.am

Flipagram is an iPhone app that enables users to convert their Instagram photos into video slideshows that can then be shared on other social media and uploaded to YouTube. At a cost of only $.99, the app is a must-download for mobile social media managers.

24. Flipboard :: flipboard.com

A must-download for nonprofit Twitterers! This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. What’s unique and useful about it is that it can be configured to integrate with your Twitter and Facebook accounts. It also has a “Charities and NGOs” section. A winner of numerous “Best App” awards, this app will likely become your favorite new social newsreading app.

25. Formstack :: formstack.com

Formstack allows nonprofits to easily create online forms to capture contact information of new supporters, volunteers, and donors. You can even create custom forms to process donations on your website or blog or to manage event registrations.

26. FotoFlexer :: fotoflexer.com

FotoFlexer is a free Web-based photo-editing tool that allows you to cut, crop, resize, and embed text and logos onto your photos. If your nonprofit is active on Pinterest or wants to make better use of your digital library, knowledge of photo-editing is essential.

27. 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.

28. #FundraisingFriday :: nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/FundraisingFriday

Launched by Nonprofit Tech 2.0, #FundraisingFriday is a Twitter campaign meant to encourage individuals to donate $10 to their favorite nonprofit every Friday.

29. GeoPollster :: geopollster.com

GeoPollster is a new connected app that enables you to view the political donations of businesses that you check in to on Foursquare. Powered by OpenSecrets.org, nonprofits that work on issues related to corporate accountability and democracy could use this app as part of their mobile strategy to build awareness about campaign finance reform.

30. Giving Library :: givinglibrary.org

Launched to enable donors and supporters to easily learn more about the nonprofits they support (or are considering supporting), the Giving Library is a portal to nonprofits that have created informational videos explaining their work, mission, accomplishments and future goals. If you are interested in having your nonprofit listed on the Giving Library, you can apply here.

31. #GivingTuesday :: givingtuesday.org

#GivingTuesday is a new campaign that encourages individuals and businesses to think differently about the holiday season. To begin on Tuesday, November 27, the campaign aims to inspire increased philanthropy, conscious consumerism, and volunteerism during the holidays.

32. Global Tweets :: globaltweets.com

GlobalTweets is a website which plots recent tweets from all over the world on a map by using their geographical information. Nonprofits can easily participate by configuring their Twitter accounts to share location and then using the #GT hashtag.

33. Google Chrome :: google.com/chrome

Google Chrome is a free web browser for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. It’s super fast, takes much less memory than Firefox, and makes social networking in particular much easier. Even if you are set in your browsing ways with IE or Firefox, Google Chrome only takes of few minutes of your time to download and experience.

34. 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.

35. 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!

36. Google Wallet :: google.com/wallet

Google Wallet is unique from other mobile wallets in that it allows nonprofits to accept online donations using the Web-based version of Google Wallet.

37. 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.

38. Group/as :: group.as

Group/as is a user-submitted grouping tool for Google+ Pages. If your nonprofit is on Google+, be sure to add your Page to the “Nonprofit” and “Charity” groups.

39. 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.

40. HopeMob :: hopemob.org

HopeMob is a crowdfunding platform built for individuals who are in financial need and in crisis. A nonprofit itself, the site is 100% fee-free and each story posted is independently researched and verified. While it’s not a fundraising tool built specifically for nonprofits, if your nonprofit works with individuals and communities who are in financial need and in crisis, HopeMob has a large community of supporters that can help.

41. 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.

42. Infogr.am :: infogr.am

Infogr.am is a free, do-it-yourself infographic creation tool. It combines everything a good social media manager knows to maximize on the Social Web in 2012 i.e., graphics, images, statistics, and inspirational quotes. That said, a low-cost premium version is coming soon.

43. 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.

44. 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!

45. iPad & iPhone Peek :: ipadpeek.com

iPad & iPhone Peek is a simple tool that allows you to see what your website looks like on an iPad and iPhone. While no replacement for the real thing, nonprofits can at least get a peek at how their desktop site looks on mobile devices.

46. iSupr8 :: itunes.apple.com/us/app/isupr8

iSupr 8 lets you give videos you’ve recorded on your iPhone a vintage look, grading each pixel of your video to give it a unique vintage look. The app allows you to adjust the frame rate of videos you’ve recorded to 12, 18, or 24 frames per second and has number of customizable film stocks you can use to make your video look its best.

47. JustCoz.org :: justcoz.org

JustCoz.org is a platform that enables charities, nonprofits, and NGOs to increase their social media reach by way of tweet and status update donations. In just a few clicks your supporters can donate a tweet or status update to benefit your cause (see The Global Fund). To begin, your first step is to login to JustCoz.org with your Twitter account to create a Cause page for your nonprofit.

48. LastPass :: lastpass.com

LastPass is a tool that consolidates all your online passwords into one easy-to-use, secure password manager. Ideal for social and mobile media managers that are juggling 20+ accounts, the premium version is only $12 a year.

49. LevelUp :: thelevelup.com

LevelUp is a mobile payment system that allows users to register their credit cards to make purchases at participating merchants with a simple scan of a QR code. Named one of the six start-ups to watch in 2012 by Mashable, it’s unclear at this point whether mobile wallets, QR codes, texting, or a tool yet to be released will dominate mobile fundraising in the near future, but all nonprofit fundraisers should be watching the rapdily-evolving mobile payment technology very closely.

50. Local Impact Map :: datamarket.azure.com/application

Microsoft Local Impact Map is a low-cost visual mapping tool ideal for nonprofits that have multiple chapters or programs. Whether you want to display your work on a local, national, or global map, this is a visually-compelling new way to tell your nonprofit’s story. For example, see the Local Impact Map for TechSoup.org.

51. Meetup :: meetup.com

Ideal for organizing regional chapters, activists, or special events, Meetup makes it easy for nonprofits to organize supporters online to then meet up face-to-face offline. For a great example of a nonprofit using Meetup, see the the Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet.

52. MobileCause :: mobilecause.com

MobileCause is a mobile service provider that exclusively serves the nonprofit sector. If your nonprofit is ready to begin experimenting with group texting or mobile fundraising, MobileCause has the most affordable pricing.

53. Mobile Marketing Watch :: mobilemarketingwatch.com

Mobile Marketing Watch is a blog about all things mobile technology and mobile commerce. If your nonprofit hasn’t yet begun to prioritize the Mobile Web, then subscribing to this blog would be a good first step.

54. MoFuse :: mofuse.com

MoFuse is a mobile content management system that allows you to easily create mobile websites using basic HTML and the RSS feed of your blog. Starting at $8 per month, Nonprofit Tech 2.0’s mobile website is powered using MoFuse at nonprofitorgs.mobi.

55. 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.

56. Nonprofit Technology Magazine :: nonprofittechnologymagazine.com

Nonprofit Technology Magazine is a free monthly multimedia iPad publication that provides some of the best technological information available from leading authorities in the nonprofit field.

57. Noun Project :: thenounproject.com

The Noun Project’s mission is to share, celebrate and enhance the world’s visual language by serving as a portal to unique icon sets. To view icons relevant to nonprofits, see the sets created and submitted by the National Park Service and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

58. noCloud :: npcloud.org

npCloud provides cloud-based technology products and services to nonprofits. A service of Tech Impact, npCloud is a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure all nonprofits can use cloud-based technology to better serve their communities.

59. Outlook.com :: outlook.com

Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of 2012Outlook.com is Microsoft’s new Web-based email service. With its design and tool set consistent with the soon-to-be-released Windows 8, nonprofits would be wise to sign up and reserve their first choice of Outlook e-mail addresses as soon as possible.

60. Photoshop Touch :: adobe.com/products/photoshop-touch.html

Photoshop Touch is a tablet app and photo-editing tool available for both iPad and Android tablets. It takes the best functions and features of Photoshop and is amazingly priced at only $10.

61. Picmark :: picmark.co

PicMark is a free tool that easily enables you to watermark your images before uploading them to social networks. It’s good for branding your nonprofit and protecting the copyright of your photos. PicMarked photos would make a good Flickr slideshow as well.

62. PowerPoint Maps Online :: powerpointmapsonline.com

PowerPoint Maps Online offers low-cost, interactive maps that can be used in PowerPoint presentations. They have an extensive collection of maps of all continents, countries and states.

63. Present.me :: Present.me

Present.me. allows users to merge PowerPoint, slideshows, and video to create more visually compelling presentations. Nonprofits could use Present.me for awareness campaigns, staff and volunteer training, and creative storytelling and reporting. For example, see this recent Present.me report back from Wimbledon.

64. Quozio :: quozio.com

Quozio is a simple tool that enables to create images of quotes that can be uploaded to Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

65. 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.

66. Re.vu :: re.vu

Re.vu converts your LinkedIn Profile content into a visually-compelling Re.vu Profile. If you are looking for a new job or want to build or enhance your personal brand online, Re.vu is new tool definitely worth exploring. For example, you can see my Re.vu Profile at: re.vu/heathermansfield

67. Screenr :: screenr.com

Screenr is a free, web-based screen recorder that makes it easy for nonprofits to record and share screencasts. Nonprofits could use Screenr to train staff, mobilize donors and activists, or tell their stories in a new way online.

68. Share As Image :: shareasimage.com

Share As Image allows you to select any text on the Web and pin it as a quote on Pinterest. This tool is a simple way to create graphics of inspirational quotes or powerful stats that can then also be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Google+. That said, skip the free version and upgrade to a Pro Version for $1.99 so that you can select custom colors and fonts for your quote images. A good social media manager that is in touch with how Pinterest has changed content consumption on the Web will be all over this tool!

69. SimpleBooklet :: simplebooklet.com

Simplebooklet easily enables content producers to create flipbooks that can be instantly integrated into the Social Web. Ideal for publishing interactive digital flyers, brochures or annual reports, Simplebooklet is hosted in the cloud thus any edits are automatically changed everywhere your booklet has been published.

70. Skype Premium :: skype.com/intl/en-us/prices/premium

Skype Premium is an easy-to-use, affordable tool that allows nonprofits to host group video calls and group meetings via screen sharing for a low annual fee of $53.94. If your nonprofit has staff located in multiple locations or a remote staff that works from home, this powerful, highly-functioning new version of Skype is a must.

71. Sparked.com :: sparked.com

Sparked.com is an online portal of volunteers that have signed up to offer small amounts of time to complete Web-based projects requested by nonprofits. Known as micro-volunteers, these individuals offer one or two hours a week to complete “Challenges” in the areas of technology, design, research, etc. Free for nonprofits, it’s an easy way to tap into a skilled volunteer network without committing a lot time to volunteer management.

72. 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!

73. Storify :: storify.com

Storify is a new tool that allows you easily search multiple social networks by subject or theme and then through drag and drop functionality, you can organize the results (tweets, status updates, videos, photos, etc.) into “Stories” that can then be easily shared on social media and embeded on websites and blogs. Currently in beta, the Storify homepage features numerous timely stories.

74. 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.

75. TapFunder :: tapfunder.com

TapFunder is a simple, yet innovative new approach to text-to-give fundraising. Rather than a donor texting a keyword to a shortcode to donate and having the donation processed through the donor’s mobile phone bill, with TapFunder the donor is sent a link to a mobile-optimized payment site where the donor can make the donation with a credit card. When mobile wallets go mainstreaam, this simple tweak in text-to-give fundraising will be a game changer. Donations could be made simply with two taps on your smartphone and processed without having to through the mobile carriers.

76. TechSoup.org :: techsoup.org

TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. As part of that goal, TechSoup provides heavily discounted technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries. Founded in 1987, if you hadn’t heard of TechSoup until now, then you now know about one of the best resources for nonprofits on the Web today.

77. Timekiwi :: timekiwi.com

Timikiwi allows you to create a chronological display of your social media accounts with just a few clicks. Ideal for telling your nonprofit’s history on the Social Web, you can add Twitter, Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress, and Instagram. Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and others are coming soon!

78. Tripline :: tripline.net

Tripline is a clever way to visually plot check-ins on a map that can be shared with others. If your nonprofit does awareness tours, hosts events in multiple cities, or is active around your hometown, Tripline can help staff share their location-based activism and advocacy online.

79. TurboVote :: turbovote.org

TurboVote enables U.S. citizens to register to vote, vote by mail, and receive election reminders via text message. If your nonprofit is one that regularly encourages citizens to register to vote and show up on election day, this could be a new tool to add to your list. 501(c)(3) organizations can register people and try to convince them to vote. However, they can’t tell people who to for, or even what party to vote for.

80. TweetCharts :: tweetcharts.com

TweetCharts pulls up a wide variety of data about any word, phrase, URL, hashtag or username that’s being used on Twitter. For example, here are the results for a search of the word “nonprofit.” Nonprofits should at the very least search their organization’s name and Twitter username to see what kind of response (if any) your nonprofit’s twittering is gaining on Twitter.

81. TweepsMap :: tweepsmap.com

TweepsMap is a free tool that provides a visual, interactive map of your Twitter followers by country, state or city by simply logging in with your Twitter ID. For example, see the followers of @NonprofitOrgs by country at tweepsmap.com/!nonprofitorgs.

82. Tweriod :: tweriod.com

Tweriod gives you the best times to tweet. It analyses both your tweets and your followers’ tweets so you can start tweeting when it makes most sense to reach others.

83. Twibbon :: twibbon.com

Twibbon is a tool that allows your supporters on Twitter and Facebook to add a micro version of your nonprofit’s avatar to their profile pics.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. TwtPoll :: twtpoll.com

TwtPoll enables nonprofits to create polls that can be shared on Twitter or any any other social network. You can also view statistics about what time people voted and from what country.

87. Upworthy :: upworthy.com

Upworthy is a content filtering tool that features the most read, shared, and buzz-worthy content on the Web. Most often the content has nothing to do with the nonprofit sector or social good, but it does help social media managers get a good understanding of what goes viral on the Web.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. Vine :: vine.co

Vine is Twitter’s mobile app that can be used to create and share 6-second videos on Twitter.

91. VinePeek :: vinepeek.com

Vinepeek posts a continuous stream of newly-posted Vines in realtime. Most nonprofits have not yet embraced Twitter’s new Vine App, thus they may not have an understanding of how to record and broadcast the world (and social good) in six second bites. Vinepeek gives you a glimpse of Vine’s potential for visual storytelling.

92. VoiceTexter :: itunes.apple.com/us/app/voicetexter

Ideal for mobile social media managers, VoiceTexter is an iPhone app that instantly transcribes your voice messages. It can also translate your messages in multiple languages.

93. We the People :: petitions.whitehouse.gov

We the People is an online petitioning service launched by the Obama Administration that enables U.S. citizens to directly petition the U.S. Government. Although its terms of service specify that only individuals can create and sign petitions, U.S.-based nonprofits and nonprofit staff that regularly participate in e-advocacy should monitor what issues/petitions are most important to U.S. citizens. The site is consistently being reviewed by White House staff and petitions that receive more than 25,000 signatures are guaranteed a response from the Obama Administration. Learn more at: petitions.whitehouse.gov

94. What The Trend :: whatthetrend.com

An online database of what is #trending on Twitter with user-generated definitions of related hashtags.

95. Wibbitz :: wibbitz.com

Branding themselves as the “Play” button for the Web, Wibbitz automatically converts text-based posts and articles into engaging, interactive videos so your supporters “never have to read again.” The Wibbitz Play Button or Player can be easily added to entire websites, single articles, or just on a home page. To see a live example, view the Wibbitz Demo.

96. Windows Live Writer :: explore.live.com/livewriter

Windows Live Writer is primarily known as tool to help you better format and publish blog posts to the Web, but it’s also a very useful, simple, and free tool that can be used to easily generate HTML code. Knowing basic HTML or using a tool like Live Writer to generate HtML can transform a nonprofit’s ROI (Return on Investment) from using social media.

97. Worldle :: wordle.net

Wordle is an online tool that allows you to easily create word clouds. You can customize the color scheme, font, and layout with just a few clicks. Using Wordle, nonprofits could generate word clouds that add some color and creativity to their online fundraising and outreach campaigns.

98. 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.

99. Wufoo :: wufoo.com

Wufoo allows individuals and brands to easily create web forms through a simple drag and drop interface. Ideal for capturing contact information for your mailing list, event registrations, and even customizing PayPal into your website for donation processing, Wufoo is well-reviewed and reasonably priced.

100. Zeen :: zeen.com

Zeen is a new product soon-to-be launched by YouTube’s co-founders that will allow users to “discover and create beautiful magazines.” At this point that’s all we know, but the site is currently allowing users to secure their username on the Zeen homepage. With YouTube’s resources behind the project and tablets changing the way donors and supporters consume Web content, you’d be wise to spend two minutes reserving and protecting your nonprofit’s Zeen username.

Related Links:
Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits
Social Media and Mobile Technology Webinars for Nonprofits 

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  1. Chloe permalink
    February 2, 2012 7:51 pm

    Swipegood.com unfortunately stopped collecting donations last November. Their site is no longer operating. Our nonprofit used them and loved it. Was very bummed when we received their notification.

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      February 3, 2012 7:09 am

      Weird. They need to take their site down.:)

  2. angie permalink
    February 3, 2012 5:31 am

    This rocks! These are great resources. We love Alexa:)

  3. angie permalink
    February 3, 2012 5:46 am

    I think Swipegood is going out of business.

    Another great website is compete.com. It will give you website analytics for clippings.

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      February 3, 2012 7:08 am

      I thought so too… their site is still live. Hmmm.:)

  4. February 3, 2012 6:56 am

    Small correction: HelpAttack! currently uses FirstGiving’s API to process donations – extremely similar service to Network For Good. Both are great services.

    Thanks for listing us!

  5. February 5, 2012 7:32 am

    Thanks for this really useful round up – it would be interesting to do the same in a year and see what has changed!

  6. February 6, 2012 10:56 am

    What a great list! Thanks for the valuable, not to mention time saving, information.

  7. Anya permalink
    February 9, 2012 11:34 am

    Another awesome and innovative site dedicated to promoting volunteering you should check out and add to the list is VolunteerX.org. It’s promotes volunteering through shared experiences and reviews…kinda cool idea.

  8. February 16, 2012 1:30 pm

    Reblogged this on jmcolwill.

  9. March 15, 2012 2:14 am

    Wow! What a nice resource for volunteers.

  10. Sham permalink
    March 20, 2012 8:27 am

    Thanks. Very interesting, nice resources for nonprofits.

  11. May 21, 2012 2:03 pm

    These are great links…thank you so much for sharing! I had never heard of timewiki before!

  12. June 4, 2012 7:31 am

    Reblogged this on Notes on Nonprofits and commented:
    This is a great list of resources, especially as you are figuring out how to improve your social media.

  13. June 4, 2012 9:42 am

    Very useful list! Extra thanks for the Twitter related links. We’ve been struggling to find the best way to measure and better understand our Twitter analytics. Thanks!

  14. June 4, 2012 11:31 pm

    Great list. Good to see you included Flipboard (one of my faves).

    Three tools for social media that I’ve found to be very helpful that nonprofits could benefit from are Followerwonk, Topsy, and IFTTT.

  15. June 5, 2012 10:57 am

    Fantastic list of good quality resources. I especially like the 360 Panorama app. That will come in handy with a lot of the large group shots we take. Many thanks!

  16. June 11, 2012 9:57 pm

    Great list, thank you!

    Just thought I’d let you know that unfortunately #9. Cause layouts no longer operates.

  17. June 12, 2012 7:06 am

    If I may add to this list, Checkbox Survey just started a new program for nonprofits where they give away one free license of their online survey creation tool per month. Here is the link to their nonprofit program: http://www.checkbox.com/pricing/nonprofit-accounts/

  18. June 12, 2012 9:59 am

    Unfortunately Cause Layouts is no longer operating😦

  19. August 28, 2012 9:01 am

    Great resources!
    We do hope that you would like to add our free Facebook Page Tool – LikeAlyzer.com.
    LikeAlyzer is a new tool that will measure the success of your Facebook fan/business page with detailed recommendations on things you could be doing better.
    Many thanks!

  20. August 29, 2012 8:00 am

    missed a new free one called Giftit (www.gift-it.com) a marketplace of things that once sold converts to a donation to a charity.

  21. Morgane permalink
    August 29, 2012 9:19 am

    Also, Change.org is a great platform to host your online campaigns regardless if your nonprofit does advocacy work or not. They have free tools to use and you can build your supporter base. I know GLAAD uses the platform alot.

  22. August 29, 2012 3:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this list. Really helpful for us marketers trying to promote NFPs with a minimal budget.

  23. August 29, 2012 3:37 pm

    Reblogged on http://janemckaycomms.wordpress.com/:)

  24. September 3, 2012 6:59 am

    Reblogged this on roblotter and commented:
    Looking to get more out if your online media? Here is a List of great free an low cost tools from Nonprofit Tech 2.0.

  25. September 5, 2012 11:52 am

    Measure the the Return on Investment of oyour nonprofit (or volunteer engagement) at http://www.volunteer2.com/roi (free)

    Managers of Volunteer can share and borrow resources submitted by other Managers of Volunteer at http://www.OurSharedResources.com (free)

  26. September 7, 2012 5:46 am

    DonationMatch is also free/low cost to find in-kind donations for auctions, opportunity drawings, and swag bags of fundraising events. We do the work of collecting donor businesses in one place so you can paperlessly request multiple items in just clicks. You only pay a small match fee if your request is approved, and gift certificates can be printed instantly. We’re still new and more active in San Diego/Southern California, but as word spreads and more events are posted we’ll be able to recruit more donors for you. Thanks for making list great list!

  27. September 11, 2012 12:07 pm

    http://www.wiggio.com is a free tool for groups to work collaboratively online and in real time.

  28. Duane Wilkins permalink
    January 2, 2013 10:38 pm

    Excellent article, I’ve reblogged this at pm4gis.org

  29. January 3, 2013 8:59 am

    Great resource list! I’d also add http://www.tapfunder.com as by far the most affordable mobile text-to-donate service. Unlike most there are no start-up or monthly fees and the per donation fees are much lower than the 7.5%+ charged by folks like Mobile Cause.

  30. January 7, 2013 11:56 am

    Great resource list! Thanks…
    An addendum: Google Chrome #31 is also available for the Mac, and other platforms…

  31. commongoodsa permalink
    January 15, 2013 11:21 pm

    Thank you for all these great resources! We’d also recommend checking out http://www.givengain.com and consider setting up a Cause profile for your non-profit. It’s a great way to get specific projects funded.

  32. January 21, 2013 2:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Philanthropy Edge.

  33. January 22, 2013 9:07 am

    Great resource list, Heather! Another one that just came to market late last year is startg to get popular: TapFunder (http://www.tapfunder.com), a mobile fundraising site that allows any size organization to start a mobile text-to-donate program. There are no start-up or monthly fees, either!

  34. February 14, 2013 10:29 am

    i think you should add quote-able as a quotes website, you can even share with pinterest.

  35. March 13, 2013 12:02 pm

    Sparkwise!! Visual storytelling dashboards for non-profits.

    http://sparkwi.se

  36. Joe Strandell permalink
    March 14, 2013 6:44 pm

    there aren’t many good social media blogs out there, but i was stoked on some recent articles from Sevenly Labs. Seems like they know their stuff http://www.sevenlylabs.com

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