Tools Every Non-Profit Needs to Succeed

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December 29, 2022
Make your life easier!
by Lori Shecter

Here’s a list of tools that will make your staff’s lives easier and help them get the job done! Some tools are free, some offer free trials, and some are paid – share with your team. Share with the world! 🙂 Even though you might not need all of them, someone on your team needs them. Have more you’d like to add to this list? Shoot us an email from the form on the right! Some of these tools might also be available at a discount on TechSoup.

Featured Tools For Non-Profits:

Here you will find some pretty awesome stuff we are trialing for all of you, awesome non-profits out there. We’ve selected them based on their ability to help you FIND THE MONEY.

Donor Search | We are just demoing this huge database full of individuals and donors.  This is a completely robust tool to find the exact donor or sponsor you may need. So far, I love what I am seeing. What’s great about Donor Search? It’s a FREE three-week trial PLUS the account team will help you use the tool and run reports. Worried about not having time to use this tool? Don’t be! Donor Search’s account team is almost like having an on-staff development staff member.

Double the Donation | Another amazing tool but very different than Donor Search. Most employees don’t know about their company’s donor match programs. This unique little piece of code integrates with your donation software and shows people whether their company will double their donation and guides them down the easy path to do so. Free trials and more!

10-Minute 360MatchPro Overview from Double the Donation on Vimeo.

(Update 01/13/2023)

Latest Discovered:

We have updated this section (and will continue to do so) in case you have bookmarked this list – it makes it easy for you to find the newest listing!

Copy.ai | This tool helps people write content. Whether or not you are a great writer, this perfect tool for non-profits (it’s free!) can help you write content for websites, grants, and social media.

Lumen5.com | Their premise is they turn your blogs into videos. Not exactly – more like into a moving PowerPoint. But try it yourself to see for sure.
Uber Suggest IO | This is a free tool from Neil Patel that helps you find the keywords that you need to use in order to make your website easier to find by search engines.
Instafinsta | This really works and is amazingly cool! You can edit on Instagram and download it, reupload it to Vimeo or YouTube and embed it on your site.
Story Blocks | A paid tool to get stock videos. We like it – it’s a subscription so you can cancel any time.
Motion Array | Paid tools for non-profits for stock videos and music, templates, motion graphics, and more. As a video creator, it’s well worth the $30/month price. For an example of “Motion Array” in action, view this website (top video).

Design Tools

Canva | Free + Paid Design tool
Adobe Suite | Paid Design Tool
Figma Free + Paid Design Tool Design tool
Pixabay | Free Images
Unsplash | Free Images
FreePik | Free Images
Adobe Stock | Free + Paid Stock Images
Digital Annual Reports Free
Pexels | Free
Milanote | Free + Paid
Remove.bg | Free + Paid: Removes backgrounds from images
Flaticon | Free Icons
Icon Finder | Free Icons
The Noun Project | Free Icons

Design Tools Chrome Extensions

Note:  Disable extensions when not in use so that your browser doesn’t slow down!

What Font  – Helps you to identify Fonts on Website
Eyedropper – Tells you what colors are on websites
UX Principles   Helps you understand website User Experience
Koala Inspector – Shopify
Heurio – Check Visual Feedback on a Website

Conference Calling

Zoom | Free + Paid
Uber Conference | Free + Paid
StreamYard
Skype | Free + Paid
Google Meet | Free + Paid
Jitsy | Free
Doodle | Meeting Scheduler

Video Editors

Kapwing
Filmora 
Vimeo 
Animoto 
We Video 
Lumen 5 
Canva

Video Maker

Biteable
Break Out Clips

Project Management

Airtable | Free + Paid
Monday | Paid
Asana | Free + Paid
Trello | Free + Paid
Slack | Free + Paid
Google Docs | Free + Paid
Google Workspace for Nonprofits | Free + Paid

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Email CRM

Mix Max | Free + Paid
YesWare | Paid (30-day trial, best open rates)
Mailchimp | Free and Paid
Constant Contact | Paid
Hub Spot | Free and Paid
Intercom | Unknown but sends pretty cool-looking emails.

Email and Ad Writing

Copy Ai | Checks subject line
Send Check It | Checks subject line
Sharethrough | Checks subject line
Portent | Creates the subject line
KeeWee | Free + Paid – creates copy for FB and Google Advertising
WordTune | Free + Paid – Plugin added to Chrome. Helps you rephrase your thoughts.
Copysmith | Free trial + Paid

Check your Grammar!

Grammarly
Ginger

Donation Software

GiveWP | We use it because it’s completely integrated with WordPress and we use it on our websites. To see an example, visit this live website.
Donor Box | Free
Bloomerang
Little Green Light
Kindful
Neon
FlipCause
Give Box
Auction Software
Cause Vox | This actually is free which always makes me wonder… how do they make money to survive?

Grant Finders

Funds for NGOS
GrantStation
GrantWatch
Grants.gov
Foundation Center 
Grant Gopher 
Wells Fargo
JP Morgan Chase 
Google Ad Grants

Storage

Dropbox | Free and Paid
Google Drive | Free and Paid
One Note | Paid included in Microsoft Packages

Analytics

Google Analytics | Free
Leadfeeder | Paid + Free Trial – See who comes to your website
Hot Jar | Free + Paid – Watch videos of your users
Mouseflow | Free + Paid – Watch videos of how users behave and what they do on your website
Bitly | Link tracker.

Surveys and Forms

Survey Monkey | Paid + Free Trial
Typeform | Paid

Social Scheduling

Hootsuite | Paid + Free Trial
Sprout Social | Paid + Free Trial
Loomly | Paid + Free Trial
Planoly | Free and Paid
Only Pult | Paid

Website Builders

We Are Immediate | The best we highly recommend them – Yes that is our self-promotion!
SquareSpace
Wix
WordPress.com | Not to be confused with “WordPress.org” which is a Content Management System.
Weebly
GoDaddy

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