August 2013: Tools

Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit’s Website for Accessibility

Submitted on Mon, 8/26/2013 - 8:40am
People generally associate the topic of web accessibility with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but I like to think of web accessibility as the practice of making websites with content, features and functionality that people of all abilities can access and use.
By Cindy Leonard – Consulting Team Leader

People Are the Key to Your Technology Success

Submitted on Wed, 8/21/2013 - 12:43pm
Even when talking about the best tools to do our work, we can't forget about the people necessary for selecting and implementing those solutions.
By Amy Sample Ward – CEO

Strategies for Program Evaluation in the 21st Century

Submitted on Mon, 8/19/2013 - 6:23am
Does your organization know if your programs are working? The only way to know is to roll up our sleeves and evaluate. This article highlights a technology-based program evaluation strategy, using research from Idealware’s new report, Understanding Software for Program Evaluation.
By Kyle Andrei – Research Analyst

The End of IT? With Freedom Comes Responsibilities

Submitted on Thu, 8/15/2013 - 7:43am
The role of IT has historically been, “Here is your computer, and your database, and your file system, and this is how you enter information and save files.” However, it is rapidly becoming, “Here are all the ways you can work with information, now go to town and see how you can use this stuff to get our goals met!”
By Richard Cooper – Director of Programmes

Using Technology Tools to Streamline Nonprofit Board Operations

Submitted on Wed, 8/14/2013 - 6:15am
Our board would help us with our grants review process, but we were using a pencil and paper system that was prone to errors and could result in a thousand index cards that needed to be entered into a spreadsheet. We were looking for a new tool to manage the process when I found one at a conference I attended.

Finding Our Way With an Interactive Map

Submitted on Tue, 8/13/2013 - 6:04am
At NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, we were looking for a way to bring together their community around High Holiday celebrations. They realized there wasn't an easy way for their alumni to share their traditions around the holidays and let other alumni know where their celebrations were taking place. NEXT developed an interactive map that allowed their alumni to find celebrations near them and share their own High Holiday celebrations.
By Morlie Levin – CEO

6 Ways to Tell Your Story With Interactive Maps

Submitted on Mon, 8/12/2013 - 7:30am
If you're into interactive maps, it's a good time to be alive! Seems we've entered a golden era of interactive mapping, with no shortage of exciting ways to display geographically-specific data. In the last few years, we've seen exponential growth in interactive mapping software that presents data from all sorts of angles.

Internal and External Tools that Can Help Your Organization Be More Effective

Submitted on Thu, 8/8/2013 - 7:02am
The utilization of technology in the nonprofit world, like in the business world, comes in two pieces: internal and external. Internal management systems and tracking tools are integral to keeping an organization well-oiled and effective at what they do. Equally as important are the external systems organizations use to communicate their work to the public.
By Terri Harel – Cofounder

Leveraging Mobile Internet Access: Nonprofit Stories of Leading by Leaving The Desk

Submitted on Wed, 8/7/2013 - 8:23am
Nonprofits are getting more done because their staff aren't tied to their desks to do their work. Affordable mobile internet access can help you get more work done in the field instead of at your desk!
By Michelle Warner – Director

Three Ways Mobile Apps Can Help Grow Your Community

Submitted on Mon, 8/5/2013 - 7:16am
Getting people to help support the cause you work with can be hard. Being able to reach out to your community on their mobile devices can help make it easier.
By Jared Sheehan – Chief Strategist

Tweeting to Raise Awareness

Submitted on Fri, 8/2/2013 - 7:13am
In the age of social media, anything we say can be transferred across the globe in a matter of seconds. Nonprofit organizations on Twitter are able to leverage this tool and do a lot of good with it.

Design Thinking: A Powerful Tool for Your Nonprofit

Submitted on Thu, 8/1/2013 - 6:53am
Design thinking is characterized by a “bias towards action.” Instead of talking and thinking, it prioritizes doing. It doesn't require a large budget or outside consultants, and in a sector of shrinking resources combined with rising demands, design thinking is a tool that can lead to powerful results.
By Dana Mitroff Silvers – Web Strategy Consultant and Design Thinking Facilitator