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Charity Toolbox: 100+ Nonprofit-Specific Tech Tools (Categorized)

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Since I not only work for a nonprofit but am also in the process of starting my own nonprofit, I’ve been doing some research into some useful tech tools in the social sector. In my search I ran across a few list posts that either (a) mentioned only a few tools or (b) mentioned tools that were really just business tools that nonprofits could also use. Since neither scenario offered me an easy-to-bookmark motherlode/jackpot scenario that fulfilled my craving for nonprofit-specific tech tools, I set out to create a useful list of my own. Trust me when I say it wasn’t easy. I spent a good 6-7 hours of my free time researching, typing and linking but I feel like my effort paid off since I discovered dozens of new tools I had never heard of before including a few that are still in private beta testing (denoted as coming soon). It should be known that I left quite a few sites out because they had designs that looked like they were from the very beginning of the Internet (design is important to me). If I missed anything good let me know in the comments!

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Fundraising:

  1. Rally.org – Social fundraising made easy for everyone.
  2. HelpersUnite – Connecting artistic projects, business and charity.
  3. CauseVox – Build beautiful fundraising sites quickly and easily.
  4. Fundly – Social fundraising platform.
  5. Causecast (for nonprofits) – Free cause marketing and fundraising tools.
  6. Givey – Cost-effecetive, gift-aided donations through social media and SMS.
  7. Pinkdingo – Enabling recurring donations (coming soon)
  8. MyCharityBox – Easily collect donations online.
  9. Philanthroper – Daily deals site / non-profit donations mashup.
  10. Charity Engine – Changing the world one bit at a time.
  11. Sevenly – Tee-shirts that raise money for charity.
  12. 1% of Nothing – Inspiring early-stage corporate philanthropy (coming soon).
  13. Give2gether – Effective and simple online fundraising.
  14. Flipgive – A better way to run fundraising campaigns (coming soon).
  15. Razoo – Online fundraising and donations for nonprofits (at 2.9%).
  16. Charitybuzz – Do good. Live well.
  17. Crowdrise – Online fundraising platform.
  18. Givezooks! – Social fundraising for nonprofits.
  19. FirstGiving – Helping ordinary people raise extraordinary amounts of money.
  20. MobileCause – Mobile fundraising and engagement solutions for nonprofits.
  21. GoFundMe – Online fundraising for you.
  22. Browse For a Cause – Firefox add-on that donates to charity.
  23. ChipIn – The easy way to collect money.
  24. GoodSearch – Gives money to charities when people search.
  25. GlobalGiving – Connecting donors and doers.
  26. Givealittle – Fundraise and donate online.
  27. JustGive – Online charitable giving.
  28. iTrulyCare – Free charity event ticket sales and fundraising.
  29. SmallChangeFund – Grassroots giving and community projects.
  30. SixDegrees – Social networking with a social conscience.
  31. Twollers – The Twitter currency of appreciation.

Connecting with Volunteers

  1. Sparked – Skills-based enterprise microvolunteering for corporations.
  2. Catchafire – Skills-based volunteer matching.
  3. HandsOn Network – Inspiring, equipping and mobilizing people to take action.
  4. All For Good – Find and share ways to do good.
  5. Taproot Foundation – Service grants for professional pro-bono work.
  6. VolunteerMatch – Where volunteering begins.
  7. Idealist – Volunteer, work, intern, organize, hire and connect.
  8. Do Something – Powering offline action.
  9. VolunteerSpot – Free volunteer sign-up sheets and scheduling.
  10. ABV – International development and corporate volunteering.
  11. 1-800-Volunteer.com – America’s volunteering address.
  12. Volunteering in America – Info on volunteering and civic engagement.

Marketing and Awareness

  1. BroadCause – Activating employees and companies around social good.
  2. SocialVibe – Charity platform that connects consumers and charities.
  3. Change.org – Create and market awareness campaigns to targeted users.
  4. The Point – Campaign asking people to give money or accomplish something.
  5. We Are What We Do – Helping charities engage more people.
  6. Better the World – Connecting companies, nonprofits and individuals.
  7. Games for Change – Catalyzing social impact through digital games.
  8. Care2 – Makes it easy for people to impact the causes they care about most.
  9. GreatNonprofits – Independent reviews of nonprofit organizations.
  10. Twititions – Create and sign petitions using Twitter.
  11. LikeMinded – Making it easy to share community success stories.
  12. Petition Online – The marketplace for free ideas.

Miscellaneous and Other

  1. The Mutual – Rewards people for donating to charity with perks.
  2. PureCharity – A global platform for encouraging generosity.
  3. Crowdtap – People earn status and gift cards and support charity in the process.
  4. GiveBack – Create your own foundation.
  5. TechSoup – Helping nonprofits get the tech resources they need.
  6. NetSquared – The intersection of technology and social change.
  7. Bloson – A social network for contributing to charity (coming soon).
  8. Footprints Network – Businesses harnessing micro-donations.
  9. Grassroots.org – Free services for nonprofits.
  10. Citizen Effect – Citizen philanthropy.
  11. Benelab – Raise money for charity by searching the web.
  12. charitubl – Raising awareness and money or charity (coming soon).
  13. Mobilize.org – Creating solutions to social problems.
  14. Fenton – Serves the public interest by creating powerful issue campaigns.
  15. Socinteract – Socialize for a cause.
  16. Sojo – Play for good.
  17. KarmaGoat – Give your stuff, do some good.
  18. Tagive – A piece of each purchase is donated to a charity of the week.
  19. Eval.me – Customers fill out surveys and donate money.
  20. Givedon – Another search engine that gives money to charities.
  21. Give a Tweet – Match, donate, tweet to spread the giving.

Directories and Evaluators

  1. Charity Blossom – Learn about and donate to nonprofits.
  2. Guidestar – Nonprofit reports.
  3. Charity Navigator – America’s largest charity evaluator.
  4. Charities Review Council – Resources for smart giving.

Donor Management:

  1. Donor Tools – Smart donor management.
  2. Blackbaud – Nonprofit accounting software and management system.
  3. Click & Pledge – Online fundraising and donor management tool.
  4. Convio – Nonprofit constituent engagement solutions.
  5. WildApricot – Membership software.

Communication

  1. Google Tools for Nonprofits – Free access to Google products.
  2. MailChimp – Email marketing software. MailChimp for nonprofits.
  3. Wufoo – Easy online form builder. Wufoo for nonprofits.

Mobile Apps:

  1. Snooze – Allows people to donate $0.25 per snooze.
  2. Instead – Microdonation app.
  3. CareZone – Give to charity when you make a purchase.

Legal Tools

  1. LegalZoom – Online legal document service.
  2. Rocket Lawyer – Free legal document service.

Blogs and Resources

  1. Inspiring Generosity – Fundraising blog by Razoo.
  2. Poptech – Dedicated to investigating, prototyping and growing social innovations.
  3. Craigconnects – Technology for the common good.
  4. Living Philanthropic – An ordinary guy’s guide to giving back every day.
  5. Nonprofit Bridge – ePhilanthropy for nonprofit organizations.
  6. Nonprofit Tech 2.0 – A social media guide for nonprofits.
  7. Social Citizens – Immerse. Converse. Disperse.
  8. Version of NPtech – Supporting and educating change makers.
  9. CauseWired – The blog of a boutique consulting firm that advises nonprofits.
  10. Social Butterfly – Exploring social media marketing and social change.
  11. Katya’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog – Nonprofit marketing.
  12. Social Source Commons – Nonprofit tech, tools and social media advice.

Bonus: Charities Using Technology In Interesting Ways

  1. charity: water - Getting clean water to people in developing nations.
  2. Kiva – Connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty.
  3. GiveForward – Raising money for medical expenses.
  4. Spot.us – Community funded reporting.
  5. SwipeGood – Swipe your credit card and donate.
  6. Raspberry Pi – Sells an ARM GNU/Linux box for $25.
  7. Community Collection – A portion of sales go toward charity.
  8. Girl Effect – Helping adolescent girls end poverty for themselves.
  9. Child’s Play – Improving kids lives through video games.
  10. DonorsChoose – Connecting people to classrooms in need.
  11. Global Gift Guide – Give gifts that really matter.
  12. HopeMob – Allowing people to vote on causes.
EditorCharity Toolbox: 100+ Nonprofit-Specific Tech Tools (Categorized)