Recently, Charise Van Liew of fuseDC put together a toolbox entitled Toolbox for Smaller Nonprofit Organizations that was filled with tools that fuseDC recommends to, you guessed it, smaller nonprofits. fuseDC describes their organization as:
fuseDC is a cost-free, interactive support network by and for social justice professionals in Washington DC. We seek to inform, connect and strengthen local emerging leaders working for positive social change with a focus on the empowerment of low-income DC youth.
This is a great example of how nonprofits can take advantage of toolboxes on Social Source Commons by putting together toolboxes that can then be shared, embedded, customized, shared further, you name it.
People love recommendation lists. On Twitter, users are always posting links to articles like “10 tools to make you show up #1 in Google” and “15 ways to turn your email newsletter into a blockbuster movie.” And it’s no wonder. Lists are great! They’re compact, easy to scan, easy to digest and super flexible. Toolbox for Smaller Nonprofit Organizations is set up as a recommendation list of tools and sites for smaller nonprofits to take advantage of.
Which when you think about it, is an interesting question to think about. What do smaller nonprofit organizations need that larger organizations don’t? Many of the tools that come to mind for me are tools that automate processes that a larger org might have a staff person do. It looks like Charise was thinking the same way. WordPress, MeetingWizard, Google Voice, Eventbrite… All of these tools are low cost and seek to simplify their respective tasks.
How do you think larger organizations view these same tools?
Where do “Tools Used” overlap for small and large nonprofits?
What would you put into a toolbox for smaller nonprofit organizations?