The number of low-cost or free apps and online tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Provided you set aside the time to explore and experiment, your nonprofit can use the apps and tools listed below to significantly improve your web and email communications and your social media campaigns.
1. Buffer :: buffer.com
Buffer enables social media managers to schedule posts on social networks throughout the day and evening. It’s analytics tools will also evaluate your posts to deduce the best possible times to share your content.
2. Social Welfare :: warfareplugins.com
Social Warfare is a WordPress plugin that adds visually compelling social share buttons to your website or blog. The buttons are fully customizable and provides social share counts and analytics.
3. Sticky 9 :: sticky9.com
Sticky 9 is a service that enables Instagrammers to print their favorite Instagram photos or convert them into magnets and posters. Ideal for staff and volunteer appreciation.
4. Chatfuel :: chatfuel.com
Chatfuel is platform that enables users to create Facebook Messenger chatbots without any coding experience.
5. IFTTT :: ifttt.com
IFTTT is a free applet creation service based ont he the premise of if this happens, then do this. You can user applets created by others or create your own for sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
6. Snaptag Editor :: snaptageditor.com
Snaptag Editor is a super easy tool for creating a Snapchat Snapcode with a custom background color and logo.
7. NameCheckr :: namecheckr.com
NameCheckr easily allows social media manager to search nearly 50 of the most popular social media sites to see whether their first choice of usernames are still available.
8. Periscope :: periscope.tv
Periscope is a mobile app connected to Twitter that enables nonprofits to easily broadcast live from special events or while on location.
9. RiteTag :: ritetag.com
RiteTag allows you to track in real-time the performance of your campaign hashtags. Their dashboard shows you how many people are using your hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and enables you to track trending hashtags.
10. Canva :: canva.com
Canva’s drag-and-drop features and professional layouts enable users to easily design stunning graphics and documents.
11. Vecteezy :: vecteezy.com
Vecteezy offers an excellent selection of free and low-cost vector art that can be used for multiple kinds of online content (event invitations, social media posts, blog graphics, etc.
12. Snappa :: snappa.com
Snappa is a simple-to-use graphics design tool with a built-in stock photo, illustration, and icons library. You can also use the service to convert graphics into multiple sizes with one click.
13. Creative Market :: creativemarket.com
Create Market is an online marketplace of graphics design assets. Nonprofits can purchase customizable graphics from fonts to website themes to infographics.
14. Creatives Without Borders :: creativeswithoutborders.org
Creatives Without Borders connects nonprofits in need of graphic and web design skills with creatives that are willing to do the work pro bono for a good cause and increased exposure.
15. Pablo :: buffer.com/pablo
Pablo by Buffer enables social media managers to easily create inspirational quote and powerful stat images perfectly sized for social media.
16. Piktochart :: piktochart.com
Piktochart is an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop infographic design tool that allows hi-res image and PDF exports.
17. Relay :: relaythat.com
Relay is a web-based graphic design tool for beginners that enables one-click redesign for multiple image sizes as well as scheduling to social media and analytics.
18. Adobe Creative Cloud :: adobe.com/creativecloud
For advanced for photo editing, the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan provides users access to numerous Adobe photo editing tools, such as Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.
19. Giphy GIF Maker :: giphy.com/gifmaker
Giphy GIF Maker enables users to easily create animated video GIFs and GIF slideshows with captions.
20. Layout :: iTunes/GooglePlay
Layout from Instagram is a mobile app that lets you combine multiple photos into a single image that can be saved to your camera roll and shared on Instagram and other social networks.
21. PicMonkey :: picmonkey.com
PicMonkey is an easy-to-use photo editing platform that enables nonprofits to embed text upon photos, apply watermarks, and create photo collages through a simple drag-and-drop process.
22. PowToon :: powtoon.com
PowToon enables user to create video animations for video storytelling and presentations.
23. Splice :: iTunes
Splice makes it easy to create fully customized videos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Users can tap to trim clips, adjust transitions, add slow motion effects, and embed text
24. VivaVideo Pro :: Google Play
VivaVideo Pro is a powerful video editor that enables easy trimming and merging of video clips and photos into video stories that can be accentuated with music, stickers, filters, and subtitles.
25. WeVideo :: wevideo.com
WeVideo is an easy-to-use, cloud-based video editing platform with an advanced suite of creative tools such as animation, color keying, voice over, and clip transformation.
Web & Email Content
26. Copify :: copify.com
Copify is portal to copywriters for hire. For $.06 a word, your nonprofit can hire professional writers for your website, blog content, and reports.
27. SlideShare :: slideshare.net
SlideShare is the largest PowerPoint sharing site in the world. It’s a great online home for decks from speaking engagements, about your organization, or even call-to-action PowerPoint presentations.
28. BrainyQuote :: brainyquote.com
BrainyQuote is a directory of inspirational quotes which can be useful for web, email, and social media content.
29. Emojipedia :: emojipedia.org
Using emoji on social media can increase engagement and when used in email subject lines, it can increase open rates. Get Emoji enables you to easy copy and paste emoji.
30. HTML Tutorial :: w3schools.com
Knowing basic HTML is a must-have skill for online marketers. Tools like WordPress (website and blog content) and MailChimp (email marketing) are much easier to work with if users understand the premise of HTML and can make simple edits to WordPress or MailChimp generated HTML code.
31. HTML Editor :: html.am
Once you know the basics of HTML, you can either write the code from scratch or use a HTML editor to easily generate HTML for tables, images, and formatted text.
32. Iconfinder :: iconfinder.com
Iconfinder is an online database of almost one million icons and many of the social media icons sets are available to download for free.
33. Internet Archive Wayback Machine :: archive.org/web
The Internet Archive Wayback Machine is an online library of almost 500 billion screenshots of websites since 1996. Nonprofits can use it to study past versions of their website and to monitor their progress in web design over time.
34. iStock :: istock.com
35. ViralSweep :: viralsweep.com
ViralSweep is an sweepstakes and contest platforms that easily allows you to launch and management online contests in order to build your email list and collect user generated content.
36. Mapme :: mapme.com
Mapme is a web-based platform for creating, sharing, and embedding online maps. Nonprofits can use the service to visualize organizational and campaign data geographically.
37. OptInMonster :: optinmonster.com
OptInMonster is a service that allows users to create floating bar and pop-up email opt-in forms for their website. The service provides analytics, A/B testing, and mobile compatibility.
38. SnapWidget :: snapwidget.com
SnapWidget allows you to display your Instagram photos in collage format on your website or blog.
39. Thesaurus.com :: thesaurus.com
When writing web and email content, Thesaurus.com allows you to quickly search for synonyms for words that you use too often. It’s an essential tool for web and email content writers.
40. WiseStamp :: wisestamp.com
WiseStamp allows you to create HTML-based email signatures for your nonprofit. However, if you decide to use this service, pay for it because the free service requires WiseStamp branding. Also, don’t go overboard! Keep your email signatures modern and simple.
41. All Good Work :: allgoodwork.space
All Good Work is online hub where businesses and corporations offer free, unused work space to nonprofits and remote nonprofit staff.
42. SignUp :: signup.com
Sign Up is an online volunteer program management program for nonprofits and businesses. The service focuses on signup pages, management, analytics, and on sending volunteer reminders.
43. Board Director :: boarddirector.co
Board Director is a service that enables nonprofits to easily manage and communicate with their board members while organizing board documents in one place.
44. MeetUp :: meetup.com
MeetUp is service that focuses on helping people meet up offline and in-person. For small regional nonprofits, the service could be used for local events and regular meetups.
45. Dulingo :: duolingo.com
Dulingo provides access to free online language learning tools. For nonprofit social media managers that work internationally, Dulingo’s design and gamification make it fun to learn the basics of a new language.
46. LastPass :: lastpass.com
LastPass is a service that allows you to create and save passwords for multiple websites thus enabling secure easy login and password management.
47. 7 Minute Workout :: 7minuteworkout.com
7 Minute Workout is a mobile app that encourages daily 7-minute workouts. For social media managers that are too often seated at desk all, it an easy tool to get motivated and on your feet.
48. Noisli :: noisli.com
Noisli is a background noise and color generator that can help you focus while working and brings to you the healthy benefits of the chromotherapy.
49. Paper :: iTunes
Paper is a mobile app for organizing notes, photos, and sketches. You can easily create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and draw diagrams.
50. PDF Merge :: pdfmerge.com
PDF Merge allows users to easily merge multiple PDFs into on PDF document. It comes in handy more often than you might think.
Stats & Research
51. Statista :: statista.com
Statista is a searchable portal to multiple statistics databases worldwide. Like inspirational quotes, stats can be useful for web, email, and social media content.
52. GlobalWebIndex :: globalwebindex.net
GlobalWebIndex offers infographics about digital consumer trends happening worldwide. It’s an excellent resource for digital media managers eager to be the first to know about emerging trends.
53. Internet Live Stats :: internetlivestats.com
Internet Live Stats tracks in real-time stats about how the internet is used, such as the number of websites, emails sent, blog posts published, social media active users, smartphones and tablets sold, etc.
54. Internet World Stats :: internetworldstats.com
Internet World Stats is extensive collection of stats about internet access and usage worldwide.
55. Worldometers :: worldometers.info
Worldometers tracks stats in real-time about world population, government and politics, natural resources, health, and media.
News & Stories
56. Flipboard :: flipboard.com
Flipboard is both a desktop and mobile app that curates some of the best online news content by topic. Users can create their own magazines to follow news most relevant to their interests.
For Nonprofits Only
57. YouGive Goods :: yougivegoods.com
YouGiveGoods is an online platform that enables individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to create online food and supply drives.
58. Shopify Nonprofit Program :: shopify.com/nonprofit
Shopify allows nonprofits to develop an online storefront at a discounted rate so your charity or nonprofit can sell products online.
59. Double the Donation :: doublethedonation.com
Double the Donation is a service that enables donors to search as to whether their employer participates in a corporate matching program.