Digital Tools for Nonprofits

As we navigate the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are getting used to remote work and hosting services and fundraisers in virtual spaces, including nonprofit organizations. In fact, in our recent grantee reporting process, more than 80% of funded agencies have adapted to working from home and/or delivering services remotely. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of free virtual resources that can help your organization build capacity, whether you’re adapting to remote work, increasing social media engagement, or adjusting your communications strategy.

  1. Crisis Communications: The Communications Network has put together a crisis communications toolkit to help organizations discuss event cancellations and crisis management and response with stakeholders.
  2. Volunteer Recruitment: United Way’s new volunteer platform, Bonfire, makes it easy for volunteers and nonprofits to connect with each other remotely. Advertise at home and in-person opportunities for free on Bonfire.
  3. Workplace Safety and Security: MyTech Partners give advice on how to ensure security when working remotely, as well as physical-distancing signs, protocols, and a safety plan template for organizations returning to the workplace.
  4. Virtual Workspaces: Slack and Facebook Workplace both have free options that allow small organizations to communicate and share files throughout the workday. Similarly, Google Drive, available to anyone with a free Gmail account, allows users to store and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, calendars, and submission forms.
  5. Marketing Tools: Canva makes it easy to design materials such as flyers, social media posts, and infographics. Free templates, fonts, and color schemes allow users to create eye-catching designs without graphic design expertise. Animoto is a simple, user-friendly tool for creating short videos that can be used to advertise events or available services.

At United Way, we’re always doing what we can to support our nonprofit partners and help local organizations build capacity, whether through advertising services, amplifying work in the community, or providing training, tools, or guidance. To find more about available resources, funding opportunities, and more, visit uwlakes.org/nonprofit-resources.