Tools to Find partners

Comprehensive Collaboration Workspaces

These tools combine many basic tools (file sharing, calendar sharing, member profiles, communications, wikis, etc.) into more multifaceted, all-in-one solutions.

ThoughtFarmer

FEE

advanced

 


“ThoughtFarmer combines traditional intranets with social features to make the social intranet: an easy yet powerful platform for employee communication and collaboration…. Communication features include: news, personal homepage, branding, mobile internet access, photo galleries, calendars, employee directory, navigation, manuals, search, and tags. Collaboration features include: wikis, blogs, forums, groups, documents, direct document editing, expertise locator, and discussion capture. Employee engagement features include: forums, comments, profiles, relationship browser, activity stream, favorites, like, revision history, and notifications.”

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Data Aggregation, Sharing, & Standards

These tools help people compile, standardize, and share information.

Fluxx

FEE

intermediate

 


Fluxx is “a collaborative work platform, connecting everyone in your organization to the data that runs your business.” Fluxx provides “unified software systems… [where] segregated data streams are brought together, fostering entirely new interactions and revolutionary insights; a usable user interface [that] allows everyone in your organization to interact with data via custom dashboard views; and a social work platform [that] bridges organizational gaps with practical social features that foster more efficient workflow and catalyze collaboration.” Fluxx has been used in philanthropic settings to help streamline grants management processes.

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Foundation Directory Online

FREEMIUM

beginner

 

“Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is the nation’s leading online funding research tool, developed by the Foundation Center. FDO provides the most current, accurate, and comprehensive information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants, drawn from reliable sources, including IRS Form 990s, grantmaker web sites and annual reports, and the grantmakers themselves. The Foundation Center has combined its data with the latest technology. These advances have led to improvements such as the ability to keyword-search across an entire database of IRS Form 990s, map and chart the distribution of a funder’s grants, and sign up to receive funder-specific e-mail alerts.”

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Data Analysis & Visualization

These tools help groups develop a shared understanding of the patterns within their data.

WASHFunders

FREE

beginner

 

“The Foundation Center has developed WASHfunders.org as a “one stop shop” for funding and needs-related data and information for donors, policymakers, and other stakeholders interested in water, sanitation, and hygiene. With dynamically updated information, news, and knowledge relating to philanthropy and sustainable access to safe water, WASHfunders.org aims to facilitate better collaboration and more strategic decision-making among funders and seeks to raise awareness about water and the full WASH continuum among donors.”

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Data Gathering

These tools make it easy to collect data, solicit feedback, or ask a question to a large group of people.

Plaxo

FREEMIUM

beginner

 

“Your address book is full of people who won’t stay still. New jobs, new homes, and new social networks make it difficult to keep track of it all. Plaxo pulls it together automatically so your address book is always up-to-date, accurate, and ready to go when and where you need it.”

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Fundraising & Matching

These tools help funders to connect with specific projects or organizations in need of funding.

Foundation Registry i3

FREE

intermediate

 

“The Foundation Registry is a website created by a set of funders around the [Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3)] program. It simplifies the process for organizations seeking matching foundation funds for their i3 proposals. Applicants need only register their proposals once to reach a broad set of foundations for potential support, and each foundation maintains its own decision-making authority to determine which programs fit within their investment strategies. Registered funders can sort applicants by tag and category, view other foundations’ interest levels and match considerations for proposals, and collaborate by sharing notes and comments on proposals in a password-protected area.”

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Global Giving

FREE

beginner

 

“The world is full of problems. GlobalGiving is full of solutions. Solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things. GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities…. Select the projects you want to support, make a tax-deductible contribution, and you’ll get email updates from the project so you can see how your gift is making a difference.”

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Network for Good

FEE

beginner

 

“Network for Good is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers nonprofits and corporate partners to unleash generosity with scalable ways to advance good causes. Network for Good helps nonprofits raise funds for their missions through simple, affordable, and effective online fundraising services and offer free training through its online learning center, interactive community, and webinar series. Network for Good works with companies to help refine a cause strategy perfectly suited to business and philanthropic goals and implements effective cause initiatives powered by its proven donation platform. Network for Good has processed more than $788 million in donations for more than 83,000 nonprofits since its 2001 founding by AOL, Cisco, and Yahoo!.”

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Joint Decision Making

These tools allow many people to easily weigh in on group decisions.

Mural.ly

FEE

beginner

 

Mural.ly helps teams speed up the creative process and generate, prioritize and organize new ideas. It's an interactive and flexible tool - you can use sticky notes to jot down ideas, use images, links, and videos to show your ideas, and sort your ideas spatially. Your team can collaborate in real time and track changes to see how ideas evolve.

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Social Networking & Online Community

These tools connect people to others with whom they have something in common.

Facebook

FREE

beginner

 

“Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.” Facebook is an online social networking platform, with features that include: user profiles; ‘friending”; news feeds with updates about friends and events; timeline (your collection of photos, stories, and experiences that tell your story); groups; messaging; chat; video calling; and sharing of likes, interests, and events.

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Google +

FREE

beginner

 

“Google+ is an online community platform that allows you to connect and share with others.” Features include: user profiles; “circles” that allow users to organize people into groups for sharing; public communities around shared interests and private communities with selected people; photo sharing; “hangouts” that enable users to video chat for free with up to nine friends at the same time; and a mobile app that allows users to stay connected while they’re on the go.

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LinkedIn

FREEMIUM

beginner

 

LinkedIn is “the world's largest professional network with 225 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe.” The website can help you: “establish your professional profile; build and maintain a broader network of professionals you can trust; find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates; learn about other companies; leverage powerful tools to find and reach the people you need; tap into the knowledge of your network; and discover new opportunities."

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