Nonprofit Tools & Technology - November

We plan to post several online tools each month that we think would be of great use to any nonprofit organization.  These tools will cover a broad range of uses - from managing social media campaigns to collecting online donations.  Many were not developed exclusively for nonprofits, but all will be selected based on their usefulness, ease of use and cost (most, if not all will have a free version...).  We realize there are many tools out there and will do our part to help break through the clutter!

Animoto - Create stunning videos from your photos, video clips, and music
Overview: Animoto is an easy-to-use video creation tool that brings your content to life.  Just upload all your content, choose a theme and music, select which items you want highlighted, add any text that you want, and let Animoto do the rest!  The best part is that you do not need any software, video editing skills, or a significant amount of time/money.
Cost: Plans range from free (unlimited 30 second videos) to $20 per month for longer/HD movies. Nonprofits can also apply for free upgrades. View all plans and pricing.
Potential Uses:  Video annual reports, marketing/fundraising videos, event recap slideshows
CrowdSPRING - Crowdsource your logo and graphic design
Overview: CrowdSPRING is an online marketplace for design services.
No need to worry if your organization does not have a robust marketing department, marketing budget, or patience to go through lengthy branding exercises.  Once you’ve decided on your project (e.g., logo design, brochure), you post a description of what you want, a prize amount and a deadline.  Most projects receive more than 100 submissions, and you can rate and provide feedback to all of the designers up until your deadline.
Cost: You name the price and can browse around to get an idea of what is reasonable for your project. Most projects have prizes of at least $300.
Potential Uses: Logos, brochures, advertisements, small websites
VolunteerSpot - Easily manage volunteer scheduling
Overview: VolunteerSpot is an online tool used to schedule, coordinate and manage volunteers. Features include easy-to-create sign up sheets and calendars as well as messaging and automatic reminders.  VolunteerSpot has also partnered with WePay to allow users to collect donations and payments.  There are a lot of costly and less robust volunteer management tools out there, but VolunteerSpot is a great option in terms of functionality and price.
Cost: The free service is quite robust, but VolunteerSpot does offer paid monthly subscriptions starting at $4.99 that include additional customizable form fields and administrator roles. View all plans and pricing.
Potential Uses: Volunteer recruitment/scheduling, service projects, event shift coordinating, parent teacher conferences, and even charity potluck dinners!