Tools to Influence others

Communications & Meetings

These tools cover the gamut of online communication technologies—chat, conference calls, video calls, webinars, virtual meeting spaces, and blogs.

Twitter

FREE

beginner

 

Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions, and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations. At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos, and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place.

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YouTube

FREE

beginner

 

"YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.”

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Ziteboard

FREEMIUM

beginner

 

Ziteboard is a zoomable whiteboard for collaboration on any desktop or mobile device. Public speakers, freelancers, designers, developers, teachers, managers, consultants and also creative agencies use this infinite canvas to collaborate and discuss daily, to brainstorm and to see the big picture. Ziteboard allows you to extend your video conferences with visual teamwork to boost discussions, meetings, daily presentations, online training, tutoring or even mind mapping. You can also use it to design layouts, workflows, and prototypes.

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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.

CiviCRM

FREE

intermediate

 

"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."

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Drupal Commons

FREEMIUM

intermediate

 

“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.”

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Huddle

FREEMIUM

intermediate

 

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.”

 

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KARL

FREEMIUM

advanced

 


“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.” 

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NetSuite

FEE

advanced

 

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." 

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Socialtext

FEE

advanced

 


“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.”

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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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Wiggio

FREE

intermediate

 


“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.”

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Content Management Systems

These tools help web developers to build feature-rich websites that enable user editing.

WordPress

FREEMIUM

intermediate

 


With WordPress you can “start a blog or build a full-fledged website… connect your WordPress site to the most popular social networks… learn more about your readers, where they’re from, and how they found you. Publish near and far with mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry.

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Data Aggregation, Sharing, & Standards

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

Glasspockets

FREE

beginner

 

“Glasspockets.org is a web site created by the Foundation Center focused on transparency in philanthropy. With Glasspockets, the Foundation Center and its partners are working to: inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications; increase understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world; illustrate how institutional philanthropy is relevant to the critical issues of our time; highlight the many stories of philanthropy that show how private wealth is serving the public good; and illuminate successes, failures, and ongoing experimentation so foundations can build on each other’s ideas to increase impact.”

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Data Analysis & Visualization

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

GivingData

FEE

intermediate

 

“GivingData is a dashboard, data visualization, and grantmaking analytics platform for philanthropic organizations. Grants can be analyzed, measured, tracked, and compared in new ways—providing unprecedented degrees of clarity, insight, and process management capabilities. With GivingData you can track grantmaking dollars against your annual budget, manage your grantmaking budget, identify trends over multiple years, and view programmatic allocations – all through a web browser. There is no software to install…. Currently, GivingData works with MicroEdge GIFTS, and plans to add support for other grants management platforms in the future.”

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Infogram

FREEMIUM

beginner

 

Infogram is a data visualization product designed to bring out the best in your data. Great for reports, publishing, or press releases, Infogram allows you to create professional-looking interactive infographics in just a few minutes. You can even create Team Accounts to collaborate with people across the organization. Registration is free and gives you access to 30 chart types and the ability to publish your graphs online. Paid memberships allow you to access more tools, including saving infographics and using real-time data.

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Tableau

FEE

intermediate

 

“Tableau helps anyone quickly analyze, visualize and share information. It allows people to “see and understand data differently: faster, easier data discovery working with databases and spreadsheets of any size… live data connection for up-to-the-minute changes…. [the ability to] combine multiple data sources in one view… drag-and-drop [functionality] to create rich visualizations… interactive reporting dashboards that combine multiple views into a dashboard… and [the capacity to] develop analytics on the web and everywhere in minutes to share to thousands.”

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File Sharing & Collaborative Writing

These tools make it easy for many people to share and edit documents.

Dropbox

FREEMIUM

beginner

 

“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.”

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Google Drive

FREEMIUM

beginner

 

“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.”

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Innovation Management

These tools support group brainstorming and innovation.

Learning Registry

FREE

beginner

 

“The Learning Registry is a new approach to capturing, sharing, and analyzing learning resource data to broaden the usefulness of digital content to benefit educators and learners. The Learning Registry is not a website or repository… it's not a search engine… and it's not a replacement for the excellent sources of online learning content that already exist… The Learning Registry is an open source technical system designed to facilitate the exchange of data behind the scenes, and an open community of resource creators, publishers, curators, and consumers who are collaborating to broadly share resources, as well as information about how those resources are used by educators in diverse learning environments across the Web.”

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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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