Running a nonprofit is difficult work. Whether you’re just starting a nonprofit or have been working at one for years, you need access to services that will help you keep up-to-date with the industry, stay organized, and raise money. Fortunately, there are a number of online tools that make operating a nonprofit easier. Take a look below to learn more about some of the top tools you should include in your nonprofit toolbox.
The Storytelling Non-Profit
The Storytelling Non-Profit’s goal is to teach nonprofits how they can perfect their storytelling skills in order to attract donors. Vanessa Chase Lockshin is the founder of the organization. According to her site, she has helped “organizations raise over $10 million” (About). Her blog is regularly updated with helpful advice and ideas for nonprofits. For organizations that are serious about adopting a storytelling strategy, Chase offers workshops and speaking events. There is also a 6-week online class that’s available.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is one of the best philanthropic news sources out there. In addition to featuring daily news, the site also features the Philanthropy 50, an annual look at America’s top philanthropists. Nonprofit leaders will find the Resources section, in particular, very useful since it features regular blog updates with helpful information. Most of the site’s content is free, but if you want access to everything you will have to pay the subscription fee.
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
NTEN is a group of nonprofit leaders who strive to incorporate technology in their work. The group’s mission statement states: “Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively” (Mission). On the site, you’ll find training resources geared toward expanding the technological knowledge of nonprofit workers. If your organization has struggled to incorporate technology into its strategy, NTEN is the perfect resource for you.
The Fundraising Authority
The Fundraising Authority is one of the best online resources for the dos and don’ts of fundraising. Joe Garecht, the creator of the site, has over ten years of experience and has helped numerous organizations implement fundraising strategies. On the site’s About Me section, he writes “My specialty is helping organizations plan and implement campaigns to massively increase their fundraising revenue in a sustainable way” (About Me). The site features numerous articles to help you get started with fundraising if you don’t have any experience. Even veteran fundraisers will find the articles helpful. Garecht also offers consulting services for organizations that require more attention.