March 31, 2011|
As a nonprofit its sometimes tough to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the tech world. We've put together 10 sites (in no particular order) every nonprofit should check out to help get you started:
Straight from the mouth of Google: "Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. We support organizations sharing our philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts."
Its a great program but make sure you have someone who can help you optimize your ad program (shameless plug: like our team here at Bivings) so you can take full advantage.
Techsoup is awesome: "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, we provide technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries."
Basically your organization can browse free or extremely reduced cost hardware and software that TechSoup has put together. This is great for any NPO, but especially for ones just getting of the ground.
Here is one that I recently stumbled across that is pretty exciting. Most people know about Salesforce in the business world but it can be a hugely powerful tool for a nonprofit as well. The Salesforce Foundation offers up a donation of 10 enterprise licenses of their cloud based product for qualifying organizations and deeply reduced costs for those organization's needing more license seats.
YouTube gives eligible NPOs some pretty nice tools including: Premium branding capabilities and increased uploading capacity, The option to drive fundraising through a Google Checkout "Donate" button, Listing on the Nonprofit channels and the Nonprofit videos pages, Ability to add a Call-to-action overlay on your videos to drive campaigns
If your organization has some content in the form of videos or is planning on creating it in the future, this is the way to go.
"Causecast's first mission was to give nonprofit organizations an effective and aesthetically-pleasing forum to promote their ideas, raise money and increase awareness on the internet. It slowly evolved into an inspired community of leaders and individuals, news and media, and tools used to take action like donating, volunteering, petition-signing and creating original content."
This is a great one to just browse around and learn. You can also apply to become one of Causecast's nonprofits and receive some great benefits as well.