The principles and tools of managing a nonprofit have changed over the years. Today, there are a myriad of digital tools, applications, and web apps that allow nonprofits to automate their tasks, gather data, keep their books, manage donations, and do a lot of other things, including managing volunteers spread across the globe.

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Thing is, finding these tools can be daunting for nonprofits. The research one needs to do and the time it takes to evaluate each tool to ensure they meet security and quality standards – are just time consuming. This is exactly why IndieTech solution is coming your way with this blog post – to give you some of the best applications and software programs used by the world’s best nonprofits. Ready? Let’s get started.


Canva


Design is at the center of activities in every nonprofit organization. From designing social media images and blog headers to donor compaign designs, Canva is a great app for nonprofits. If you’re a nonprofit that cannot afford a full-time designer yet, Canva can help you get started with simple graphics through its thousands of templates – but once you have the budget, it pays to get a full-time designer.


Platforms and cost:
Available on iOS, Android, and on the Web
Free for nonprofits (you have to apply)


Canva alternatives for nonprofits

  • Designpickle
  • PickMonkey
  • Pixlr
  • Visme
  • Crello

Fundly


Money, mostly from donations, is the fuel that gets your nonprofit operating. That’s why you should never rest when it comes to raising money for your nonprofit – and Fundly is built for this purpose. Through a peer-to-peer fundraising model, Fundly allows nonprofits to create great donation campaigns and share them on social media. If you need to raise money all year long, Fundly is an excellent app for nonprofits to use.


Platforms and price

  • According to their website, “Fundly platform fee 4.9% + credit card processing fee 2.9% + $.30/transaction*.”
  • It’s available on iOS, Android, and on the web
  • More donations and funding related apps for nonprofits

Fundly alternatives for nonprofits

  • QGiv
  • Bonfire
  • Donately
  • OneCause

Read this comprehensive guide on fundraising tools

CovidCoalition


Truth is, COVID19 is still here with us and a lot of people and organizations are in need of help – be it financial or logistics, and there are organizations and individuals looking to provide support in these dying times. The team at IndieTech Solutions decided to create the CovidCoalition platform, a marketplace where those who need support come to find help and organiazations and individuals also come to get projects to support.

Slack


Communication is key to the survival of every organization, and your nonprofit is not an exception. But you can’t possibly be using any chat app you come across for your team communication. Slack is built for this purpose – allowing nonprofits communicate with team members and collaborate on projects no matter their location. Slack is one of the best apps for nonprofits out there and comes with many features to help you communicate and collaborate on work.


Price and platform


It’s available on iOs, Android, Windows, Mac, and on the Web
For a small team, you can use the free version. Nonprofits with bigger teams can upgrade to paid plans starting at $6.67 per user.


Communication apps worth mentioning – slack alternatives for nonprofits

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Facebook Workplace
  • Chanty
  • Britrix24

Trello – project management for nonprofits


Managing volunteers and employees, in addition to donors is never an easy task for any nonprofit. In order to keep your team’s schedule organized, manage tasks and assignments, Trello is a perfect tool for nonprofits.


Platform and pricing

  • Trello can be used on iOS, Android, and the web
  • For a small or growing nonprofit, the free version is enough to help you manage your projects. But if you’re a big organization, the pro version, which starts at $9.99 per user gives you more advanced features to get work done.


Other project management apps for nonprofits

  • ClickUp
  • Asana
  • Notion
  • Keela
  • Basecamp Personal

Further reading: 10 free (and inexpensive) project management software for nonprofits

DeskTime – Time tracking for nonprofits


Working from home and remotely has become the new normal in this pandemic era, and hopes to stay even after we’ve passed this stage. This means many nonprofit organizations will be using the services of professional employees and volunteers spread across the world, which usually makes it difficult to measure productivity. DeskTime is one of the best apps for nonprofits to track employee time, measure productivity, and pay them accordingly. It also helps you identify where your nonprofit employees spend their time and how to adjust that to suit the needs of your organization.


Other time tracking and productivity apps worth mentioning

  • Toggl Track
  • Harvest
  • Clockify

Wave – accounting for nonprofits


Wave is an excellent app for nonprofits to manage their entire accounting needs, from income, expenses, and invoices to payroll. As a cloud-based tool, Wave offers great features and a simple interface that doesn’t require nonprofits a lot of learning to get started using it.
Wave is completely free and you only pay if you need more advanced features. It’s available on Android and iOS, and can be used on the web as well.


More accounting apps for nonprofits

  • Aplos
  • FastFund
  • Accounts by Software4Nonprofits
  • Nonprofit Treasurer
  • Denali Fund
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online
  • Bench

Read: Best accounting software for nonprofits – bookkeeping and spend management for NGO.

Buffer – social media management for nonprofits


Your nonprofit probably already has all the relevant social media accounts (if not, this is the time to go create them). Thing is, you can’t keep up with everything about your social media manually, so Buffer built the platform to help you automate some of these tasks. From scheduling posts to social media content analytics, Buffer helps you stay on top of your nonprofit’s social media management game.


Buffer can be used on the web and is also available on iOS and Android. The free plan allows you to connect up to 3 social media accounts – so it’s ideal if you’re a small nonprofit without a lot of content to post on social media. You can however go for the paid plans starting at $15/month, which comes with more social media accounts and advanced posting features.


Other social media management apps for nonprofits

  • Hootsuite
  • Zoho Social
  • Sprout Social
  • Sendible
  • Agora Pulse