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8 Essential Nonprofit Apps You Need To Try

This is the right time to lead a nonprofit. With so many useful tools and helpful information at your fingertips, you are easily able to accomplish today what took nonprofits years to learn or do in previous decades. Consider these eight essential nonprofit apps that will double (or triple!) your efforts without zapping all your energy or budget.

1. VolunteerMatch

8 Essential Nonprofit Apps You Need To Try

Need volunteers for your next big event? VolunteerMatch may be exactly what you are looking for. Consider it a matchmaking service for people looking to donate their time and effort to a cause they (and you!) love.

List your event and allow people to search by location, skill set, or interests. Attract local individuals who are looking to donate their time to worthy nonprofits like yours! No flowers necessary.

2. Creatives Without Borders

High on to-dos but low on budget? Creatives Without Borders proudly connects nonprofits like yours with graphic and/or web designers willing to do pro bono work for a worthy cause.

That’s right. There are talented people in the world who want to make a difference, and nonprofit apps like this can put you in touch with them today.

3. Board Director

8 Essential Nonprofit Apps You Need To Try

The Board Director app makes it easy to communicate with your nonprofit leadership or board. Schedule meetings, collaborate on tasks. Discuss quarterly budgets or group goals. The sky’s the limit with this handy app.

4. DialMyCalls

This mobile app makes sending automated phone calls or text messages a breeze. Want to alert your audience about an opportunity or remind your contact list about an event? DialMyCalls can make this happen with a few clicks of a button.

They also will provide you with a detailed call report so you know exactly how successful the call or text campaign proved to be.

5. Buffer

Stay in touch with your audience (i.e. social media followers) even when you are away from your computer and living your life. This app essentially works as your personal social media coordinator. (Only it doesn’t require sick days or holidays.)

Buffer enables you to schedule social media posts across multiple platforms that will post without you being online. It will also help you select the right time to post to your audience to reach the largest number of people possible.

6. iStock

8 Essential Nonprofit Apps You Need To Try

Need photos that look like a professional took them but don’t cost what a professional would charge? iStock offers hundreds of stock images in their extensive library of royalty-free images.

Let’s be honest. Image—even for nonprofits—is wildly important. Take your nonprofit seriously, and others will, too. Kick your website or flyers up a notch with beautiful, free (or affordable) photos.

7. Canva

Can’t afford a graphic designer? No problem. Canva offers drag-and-drop features as well as professional layouts that make designing beautiful graphics a breeze.

Promote your non-profit or share interesting quotes and ideas with your growing audience. Give them shareable graphics and they will help spread the word about your life changing nonprofit. Win/win.

8. Givelify

Nonprofit Fundraising

Need funds? What nonprofit doesn’t? Fundraising can be one of the most difficult, time-consuming elements of running a nonprofit. Not anymore.

With the Givelify app, donors can quickly and easily give to their place of worship or favorite charity in just three taps on their smartphone. The beautiful, effortless experience makes giving more convenient than ever.

Now that you have the essential tools you need to take your organization to the next level, you can use these nonprofit apps to keep making the world a better place.

About the Author

Doug works to ensure member organizations maximize their fundraising potential. He is responsible for sharing best practices and guiding new Givelify partners to a successful launch. He has also been a volunteer tutor.

Doug Bergren