Tools to Transact work
Communications & Meetings
These tools cover the gamut of online communication technologies—chat, conference calls, video calls, webinars, virtual meeting spaces, and blogs.
Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars. With Adobe Connect for Web Meetings, you can: engage in complete mobile-to-mobile collaboration, with the ability to host, present, and collaborate anytime, anywhere on virtually any device; help ensure easy meeting access for all participants with no desktop client downloads; create your own personal digital office in the cloud with a customized URL that’s always on, and content and layouts that remain in place; [and make] interactive, customizable, and indexed recordings.Visit site
“Campfire is a web-based group chat tool that lets you set up password-protected chat rooms in just seconds. Invite a client, colleague, or vendor to chat, collaborate, and make decisions. Link to a room on your intranet for internal communications.”Visit site
“With its instant whiteboards, Conceptboard provides a central platform to communicate with your team, clients and suppliers by reducing misunderstands and your email amount. Feedback on visual content is as easy as with pen and paper, but there is support for tasks, reports and lots more. Conceptboard simplifies and improves collaboration on visual content and accelerates collaboration processes within your team. You save your budget for advancing in your projects instead of paying travel expenses and project delays.”Visit site
“Fuze offers reliable, pixel perfect, hi-definition meetings and video conferencing solutions that are compatible with any device, from anywhere in the world.” Features include: “multi-party HD video conferencing; rich media sharing; desktop and app screen sharing; remote control; Fuze Telepresence; Call Me; chat; cross-platform compatibility; easy integration into your communications infrastructure; meeting recording; reusable meeting space; content publishing; annotations; and auto-reconnect.”Visit site
GoToMeeting is the extremely simple, extraordinarily powerful way to hold unlimited online meetings with up to 25 attendees. [You can] start a meeting and share your screen with just a click; collaborate face to face with HDFaces video conferencing; [and] save with integrated audio conferencing (via VoIP and telephone). Attendees can join from a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or Android device.Visit site
iMeet is a cloud-based web conferencing tool with a host of features including the ability to meet with up to 125 people, HD video chat with 15 people, and cloud-based file storage. iMeet allows you to record meetings to share afterwards and offers social network integration to connect with friends and coworkers. You can host or attend a meeting with any device without the need for a dial-in number or passcode.Visit site
join.me combines instant screen sharing and powerful meeting tools in an app that anyone can use to present, train, demo, or concept. join.me is designed to be intuitive and accessible, providing features that you’ll use every day for everything from show-and-tell to formal presentations. Features include: screen sharing; internet calling; share control; multi-monitor; chat; send files; annotation; unified audio and international conference lines; presenter swap; personal link and background; meeting scheduler; meeting lock; user management and reporting; and window sharing.Visit site
ooVoo is a video chat and instant messaging app for desktop, mobile, tablets and Facebook, allowing group video chat with up to 12 people with multi-stream and high definition video calls. ooVoo users can also make free voice calls and send instant messages to other ooVoo users. In addition to its normal video chat functions, ooVoo offers some great add-on tools like the ability to send files, share your screen, and add YouTube videos to your conversations.Visit site
ReadyTalk is an audio and web conference platform designed to handle everything from a small virtual meeting to hosting a large webinar. ReadyTalk is fee-based and provides several different plans to suit individual needs. In addition to web and video conferencing, ReadyTalk offers a suite of mobile conferencing apps to allow you to participate with online meetings and webinars on the go.Visit site
Skype allows you to call, see, message, and share with others—wherever they are. Features include: video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype; instant messaging and file sharing; calls to mobiles and landlines worldwide at low rates; text messaging from just a few pennies; and group video calls with up to 10 people.
"TimeBridge is a web application that makes it incredibly easy to schedule and lead great meetings—and follow up after you meet. Think of us as your calendar-wrangling, agenda-making, note-taking, team-motivating, secret weapon in the battle against workplace inefficiency."Visit site
WebEx allows you to “meet with colleagues across your organization, or halfway across the planet. Meet online and share files, information, and expertise... You can do almost anything with WebEx that you can do in person, minus the travel time. Use WebEx specialized products to: present dynamic online events and webinars; deliver online training and eLearning experiences; provide outstanding remote technical support; build stronger relationships with in-person telepresence experiences delivered over the cloud; and share knowledge, experience and ideas across your organization.
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.
"BoardWorks provides your corporate secretary, corporate counsel, CEO and other authorized users with an online portal to create, distribute and manage your board materials via web browser or iPad. The new BoardWorks makes it easy for directors to stay connected to the boardroom, wherever they might be."Visit site
“Salesforce Chatter makes business processes social, so you can collaborate in real time—in context—from anywhere…. Chatter makes it easy to share ideas, documents, and anything else with your coworkers, instantly.” Chatter features include: “file sharing, profiles, status updates, activity feeds, workflow approvals, groups, Chatter communities, Chatterbox, social intelligence, Chatter messenger, Chatter desktop, Chatter mobile, Chatter for Sharepoint, contacts, dashboards, reports, answers and ideas, calendars and events, tasks and activities.”
"CiviCRM is web-based, open source, Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software geared toward meeting the needs of non-profit and other civic-sector organizations. As a non profit committed to the public good itself, CiviCRM understands that forging and growing strong relationships with constituents is about more than collecting and tracking constituent data - it is about sustaining relationships with supporters over time. To this end, CiviCRM has created a robust web-based, open source, highly customizable, CRM to meet organizations’ highest expectations right out-of-the box. Unlike proprietary software, each new release of this open source software reflects the very real needs of its users as enhancements are continually given back to the community. With CiviCRM's robust feature set, organizations can further their mission through contact management, fundraising, event management, member management, mass e-mail marketing, peer-to-peer campaigns, case management, and much more."Visit site
“Drupal Commons is a packaged form of Drupal (a ‘Drupal distribution’) that contains the majority of pre-built features that a social community or external community site might need to create productive interactions among employees, customers—blogs, wikis, calendars, and much more. It provides a robust community site out of the box so that you don’t have to assemble all of the pieces yourself, all you need to do is invite people to participate.”Visit site
Highrise is a customer-relations management tool that "helps you manage your contacts, keep track of who said what when, schedule follow-ups, set reminders, and convert leads into done deals." Highrise allows you to create and assign tasks, manage contacts and conversations, send e-mails, and track deals, proposals, and leads.Visit site
Huddle lets you “store, share, and work on files with anyone inside and outside your organization—from your desktop, iPad, or smartphone.” It allows you to “share files across the firewall with your colleagues and partners… comment, assign and assign tasks and approvals—all in one central location—to get work done efficiently and effectively)… and [to create] user profiles [that] allow you to connect with the specific people you need to contribute to your project.”
“KARL is an open source web system for collaboration, organizational intranets, and knowledge management. KARL is simple to use and enables small and large groups to create communities and to share information… Top features include: topic-based communities, powerful search, secured external collaboration, rich text wiki, collaborative blog, layered group calendar, strong email integration, and outstanding security.”
NetSuite is "one integrated, cloud application to manage your entire organization. With NetSuite's unified business management solution, nonprofit organizations can manage their entire end-to-end operations with a single, flexible, and powerful business application—integrating accounting, fundraising, constituent relationship management (CRM), financials and enterprise resource planning (ERP), inventory management, Ecommerce and more."Visit site
“By simplifying people’s ability to share knowledge, ideas and corporate data, Socialtext removes silos and corporate barriers that have traditionally hampered companies’ ability to respond to change and better serve customers. Socialtext’s enterprise social networking products — including microblogging, blogs, wikis, profiles, and social spreadsheets — provide simpler ways for employees to share vital information and work together in real-time. Delivered in a variety of hosted cloud services, as well as on-site appliances, enterprise customers are provided with flexible deployment options that meet their security requirements.”
“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.”
“Wiggio.com is a free, online toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups. Over 100,000 groups are using Wiggio to: host virtual meetings and conference calls; manage events with a shared calendar; create to do lists and assign tasks; poll your group in real time; send email, text and voice messages; and upload and manage files in a shared folder.”
These tools help people track conferences happening in their field and also organize and manage conferences.
“etouches is a global on-demand suite of integrated software applications that help organizations perform every function in the event planning lifecycle. etouches offers tools for: registration, budgeting, project management, scheduling, event microsite, seating, surveying, event marketing, booth purchasing, networking, and mobile applications.”Visit site
“Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event—from photography and yoga classes to sold out concerts and festivals.” Eventbrite provides “everything you need to sell tickets and manage registration for any kind of event. It allows you to organize successful events in three easy steps: create an event webpage; promote your event; and manage event entry.”
“With more than 22 million registered users and over 25,000 invitations sent each hour, Evite is the top online invitation and social planning website. Unlike a printed invitation, you and your guests get the party started right on your online invitation: you pick the design, give the party a title and write a personal message to guests, and guests add comments with their replies…. You choose the invitation features you want, and your guest replies are tracked automatically so you always have an accurate headcount.”Visit site
Content Management Systems
These tools help web developers to build feature-rich websites that enable user editing.
“Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. Use Drupal to build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs let you build any site you can imagine. Drupal is used by some of the biggest sites on the Web, like The Economist, Examiner.com, and The White House.”Visit site
"Joomla is an award-winning content management system, which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Joomla is designed to be easy to install and set up even if you’re not an advanced user. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.”
“Plone is a powerful, polished, and user-friendly content management system. Plone is among the top 2% of all open source projects worldwide, with 340 core developers and more than 300 solution providers in 57 countries. The project has been actively developed since 2001, is available in more than 40 languages, and has the best security track record of any major CMS. It is owned by the Plone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is available for all major operating systems.”
Data Aggregation, Sharing, & Standards
These tools help people compile, standardize, and share information.
“The Foundation Center’s eGrant and hGrant Reporting Programs enable grantmakers to quickly and easily share grants data, and equip you with interactive maps that showcase your grants activity. Through the eGrant Reporting program, you can submit your grants electronically to the Foundation Center on a regular basis, expediting their inclusion in Foundation Directory Online, the nation’s most widely used searchable database of U.S. grantmakers and their grants, and Philanthropy In/Sight, the Foundation Center’s tool for tracking the work of foundations worldwide.”Visit site
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.
“NPower’s FoundationConnect is a total solution for managing the grantmaking lifecycle. FoundationConnect is a fully cloud-hosted solution that provides a stable, secure, and scalable platform that can grow and adapt to a foundation’s evolving needs. Features include: online grant applications; 501c3 verification; flexible forms & workflows; real-time core & ad hoc reports; Salesforce.com platform; web portal on Amazon cloud; and MS Office/Outlook integration.”Visit site
"ImportOmatic is an advanced and flexible import utility for The Raiser's Edge that saves organizations countless hours by streamlining and standardizing their processes. With robust constituent import functionality, standardization, user defined configuration, and an easy to use interface, ImportOmatic will help eliminate data inefficiencies. Allowing users to import data from nearly any system efficiently and accurately, ImportOmatic includes the ability to process constituent, address, gift, relationship, volunteer, tribute, membership, prospect, action, attribute, and participant records simultaneously."Visit site
“QuickBase provides one platform from which workgroups can easily create unlimited applications to automate business processes and improve communication and collaboration online. QuickBase applications solve critical business problems and help improve productivity and efficiency because they are tailored by the user to match the exact workflow and unique needs of their team - something complex point solutions or generic spreadsheets simply can't match.”Visit site
“NGOsource helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their international giving through easier equivalency determinations. NGOsource simplifies the task of evaluating whether a non-U.S. organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity—a process known as equivalency determination or ED. [NGOsource’s] global reach, legal expertise, and standardized methodology enable a thorough, accurate analysis in compliance with IRS regulations. Backed by a database of detailed information about non-governmental organizations around the world, the data and analysis that NGOsource uses to issue an ED to one grantmaker can be used to issue EDs to other grantmakers. In this way, NGOsource reduces the complexity and costs of EDs for grantmakers and their intended grantees.”Visit site
“Zoho CRM gives you a 360-degree view of your complete sales cycle and pipeline. Identify trends, spot opportunities, increase efficiency and reduce costs with the right answers, right now. Sync Google emails and other information with Zoho CRM. Collaborate and share information easily with Zoho CRM for Google Apps.”Visit site
File Sharing & Collaborative Writing
These tools make it easy for many people to share and edit documents.
“Alfresco is an enterprise content platform that you can use in the cloud or behind your firewall. It helps you store and share the documents that every business depends on. Alfresco is built for the portability of the tablet and the power of the cloud. Today’s companies are more mobile and more collaborative than ever. Now you can work anywhere, with anyone, on any device—all connected by the cloud. In other words, Alfresco makes sure you have your content wherever you are.”Visit site
“Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone applications, as well as extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite, and Salesforce.” Box allows you to “easily upload content, organize it into folders, share links to files, and manage file/folder permissions.”Visit site
“Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website. Dropbox works hard to make sure that all your files are the same no matter where you’re working from. You can start working on a computer at school or the office, and finish from your home computer. Never email yourself a file again! Dropbox also makes it easy to share with others. Invite your friends, family, and teammates to any folder in your Dropbox, and it’ll be as if you saved that folder straight to their computers.”Visit site
“Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere—on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Here’s how it works: go to Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com; install Google Drive on your computer or mobile device; throw your files in Google Drive, and it’s right there on your device. Now your files go everywhere you do. [If you] change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device, it updates on every device where you’ve installed Google Drive.”Visit site
“Onehub was founded in 2007 with a simple idea – provide businesses with easy, secure tools to share data with confidence. Cloud services are changing the way people work, connect and share. We help businesses securely share and control files in the cloud.”Visit site
Fundraising & Matching
These tools help funders to connect with specific projects or organizations in need of funding.
“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.”Visit site
“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.”Visit site
Indiegogo is a crowdfunding website that allows individuals to create campaigns to raise funds for creative projects. Campaigns are free to launch and do not require an application process. Indiegogo provides multiple funding models and payment methods to make it easy to find what works best for you.Visit site
"Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others."
Kiva is a nonprofit which leverages the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to people looking for loans to grow businesses, go to school, switch to clean energy and more. When the loan is repaid, you can use that money to support a new loan or withdraw it. Individuals can also join or create lending teams where members can connect with one another and rally around shared lending goals.
“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!.”Visit site
TeamRaiser is an online event fundraising platform developed by Blackbaud, one of the leading providers of nonprofit software and services. TeamRaiser is cloud-based and offers services to help develop event fundraising best practices, integrate strategy, manage a campaign, and compile data analytics. TeamRaiser allows you to organize a campaign around a central fundraising event and gives your team the ability to create fundraising webpages and send donation appeals via email through various social networks.Visit site
Joint Decision Making
These tools allow many people to easily weigh in on group decisions.
Loomio is a user-friendly app for building shared understanding, making clear decisions, and turning talk into action. Loomio reduces the cost of participation in decision-making, making it easy for any group to translate online communication into real-world collective action.” Loomio provides tools that help groups to “have a discussion, make a decision, see how everyone feels, and build shared understanding.Visit site
“VoteIt is a revolutionary platform for discussions, debates, and decision-making. It organizes inputs and provides clarity on where consensus lies. VoteIt provides a flexible, social platform for individuals and groups.”Visit site
These tools help manage collaborative projects and keep group members informed about roles, responsibilities, and timelines.
activeCollab is "a project collaboration hub for your team. The days when your project data was scattered across different email messages and accounts; instant messenger chat transcripts; spreadsheets and other documents are gone. Now you can bring order to the chaos and have a central place where you can organize and manage all of your projects. Having all project data in one, centralized system is valuable to every project manager and every team: Everyone knows where to get the most up to date information; Errors due to miscommunication are less frequent because activeCollab keeps everyone on the same page; Collaboration and notification tools are built right into your workflow."Visit site
“Asana is a shared task list for your team – the best way to communicate, organize, and track your work. Asana’s mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly. We've re-imagined how work gets done through a fast and versatile web application that connects everyone with what’s going on, their shared priorities, and who owns each part of the effort.”Visit site
"With Azendoo, you can share tasks with your teammates, comment and follow tasks. But Azendoo also enables your team to get in sync using Messages that you can easily target to a specific project's team or the all workspace members. Azendoo provides fully-featured integrations with Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Evernote and Skype to enable sharing content seamlessly at the hearth of where work is getting done."Visit site
“Basecamp keeps all your projects, data, and people in one place. No matter how many projects you have, or how many people you have working on them, Basecamp keeps everything organized.” Features of the web based project-management tool include file sharing, joint calendars, group to-do lists, project tracking and documentation, and collaborative writing tools.Visit site
Goplan is an online project management and collaboration solution for individuals and teams. Goplan's dashboard allows you to see what people have been working on, what pending tasks are on their plate, and what milestones are approaching. Goplan also includes team status updates and time tracking, so you can tell everyone what you're working on, and track how long it takes you too. With Goplan you can organize your project into tasks and milestones, track and prioritize tickets, keep project calendars, and upload files and documents directly to the site.Visit site
iMeet Central “connects your people, content and customers in the cloud, so everyone can get things done together from one private, secure, centralized website.” The online collaboration workspace lets you: “make everyones stuff [including files, calendars, conversations, and project plans] accessible from anywhere… speed up existing business processes [by] automatically assign[ing] tasks, update[ing] databases, send[ing] email reminders, and and rout[ing] documents for approval… [and] knock down the (fire)walls between you, vendors, and customers, [allowing you to] share and communicate as easily with third parties as you do with your in-house folks.”Visit site
"Open Atrium is open source collaboration software that enables organizations to securely connect their teams, projects, and knowledge. A powerful solution, Open Atrium’s framework allows your organization to easily integrate your existing software, while remaining flexible enough to change as your organization grows. With Open Atrium, you can better communicate, educate, and inform your organization by creating solutions such as an intranet, social collaboration platform, web portal, or learning management system."Visit site
"Redbooth is a collaboration and communication platform that provides a single place for shared tasks, discussions, file sharing, group chat and HD video conferencing. Redbooth is simple to use and flexible, enabling project teams and departments at thousands of companies to get work done."Visit site
"SlateCRM let's you quickly store, track and retrieve all information for you to get things done. SlateCRM is designed to address the information overload facing every business and office worker today. It's Simple Powerful Customer Relationship Management (CRM)."Visit site
“Connect. Collaborate. Done. Work with anyone, anywhere. Bridge the gap between your personal and professional life. Get stuff done. Tracky's social collaboration platform lets you organize all of your to do's, work projects and social connections in one place - from planning a wedding to launching an international brand.”Visit site
“Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process….Trello lets you organize anything easily, from life goals and to-do lists to group projects. [You can] add images, checklists, due dates, attachments, and more to your Trello board. [And] team projects are where Trello really shines: improve communication, eliminate email traffic, and get everyone on the same page—fast.”Visit site
Scheduling & Calendar Sharing
These tools make it easier to schedule meetings with many participants and to keep groups informed about events of shared interest.
“Schedule conference calls, meetings and events the easy way. agreeAdate saves you time and money by avoiding telephone and email tag to find when people are free. Just send invitations to collect availability and then make your choice from the results.”Visit site
“Doodle eliminates the pain of scheduling by simplifying the way [groups of] people find a suitable time to meet. Instead of playing email ping-pong, spending time on the phone, or sending meeting requests with only one option, you can send a poll with several options, and let the participants indicate their availability online. A quick look will show you which time works the best. You can then close the poll and select that option.”Visit site
“Organize your schedule and share events with friends. With Google’s free online calendar, it’s easy to keep track of life’s important events all in one place.” Google Calendar enables you to: “share your schedule; let your family and friends see your calendar, and view schedules that others have shared with you; get your calendar on the go; access your calendar from your phone using its built-in calendar or mobile browser; and receive event reminders via email or have text messages sent right to your mobile phone.”Visit site
Social Networking & Online Community
These tools connect people to others with whom they have something in common.
“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.Visit site