GRIN, (Grant Resources Information News) have published a list of useful free or cheap digital resources to help charities with their work. This list appeared in the GRIN newsletter from 30 May.
WordPress – if your charity is really small and can’t afford a website, then build one yourself with WordPress. While WordPress.com is free, if you need more functionality it may be better to go with WordPress.org which is self-hosted. It does mean having to pay a hosting company but this can cost less than £5 per month. Read this 5 Minute Guide to WordPress for Charities & Nonprofits by Irish Charity Lab to help get you started.
Mailchimp – enables you to quickly design and create professional, mobile optimised emails for your organisation, for free. You can send up to 12,000 emails per month and have a maximum of 2,000 email subscribers to qualify for the free version. If you need more than this, apply for a non-profit discount.
Google Grants – Google offers free ad grants to nonprofits to help you reach more people and drive traffic to your website. There are terms and conditions so be sure to read this post from Platypus Digital to ensure you comply with the new Google Grants changes.
Google G-Suite – charities can get access to G-Suite for free. G-Suite is a host of tools such as creating a calendar that everyone in your organisation can access, meeting or webinar functionality via Hangouts, the ability to create forms using Form Builder and more.
Slack – this is a digital workspace where you can create public and private channels, collaborate and upload images and files to get work done. It’s a very versatile tool and there’s an app for your phone so you can use it on the move. Slack is free to use up to a certain amount of users but Slack for Non-profits offers charities a huge discount if you’re too big for the free version.
Trello – Trello is a project management tool that is really easy to use, and allows you to create boards, manage jobs and assign tasks to team members. It’s free to use but if your non-profit needs to upgrade to the Business Class pricing plan, you can request a charity discount through Trello’s customer support.
Workplace by Facebook – described as ‘more than a collaboration tool’, Workplace by Facebook is free for charities and non-profits. It’s similar to Facebook in look, usability and features. Not-for-profits can use it to share news and ideas, create teams to work on projects and much more.
In addition, these are our own extras on the list:
Survey Monkey is a great tool for creating online surveys. These can be for obtaining thoughts about a planned service from potential clients or collaborators, or sent as regular emails to people who have received a service from you, as follow-up. Analysis tools are included. The Free programme allows unlimited surveys or up to 10 questions, and no more than 100 responses per survey, though the paid options do not seem to have a charity option available.
Zoom is an alternative to Skype, with more reliable and clearer image and sound quality. Also free, it offers the opportunity to share screens, so you can demonstrate or give a presentation, as well as hosting multiple members in a meeting.