The Basics: Simple Tools to Maximize Your Impact

If you’re just starting out or want to further your reach online, it’s quite possible that you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of technology you’ll need to run your nonprofit efficiently and professionally. This presentation focuses on the basic tools used to maximize impacts within the organization and over the Internet. Subtopics include technology terms and equipment, file sharing tools, building an effective website, and synergizing with social media.

Presentation #1 (Natasha): File Sharing Technology for Non-Profits

Abstract: We find that the use of file sharing technologies can help nonprofits to achieve improved communication throughout organizations. Technology such as Google Docs and Prezi can help nonprofits facilitate the completion of assigned duties and the ability to share ideas and files. The usage of sharing technologies can also improve on the volume volunteers for administrative and operational duties and reach generations that are more in tune with technology. We feel that file sharing technologies can are beneficial and needed by non-profits
in the start phase can help save money and cut cost, make volunteerism in administrative or operational roles easier to fill and marketable, and overall there is an overwhelming about of sharing technologies are complementary via the world wide web.

Presentation #2 (Christina): Technology Vocab and Equipment Needed for Non-Profits

Abstract: This presentation will focus on the technology vocabulary necessary for knowing what on a website needs to be there and what needs to be fixed in case of a technical error. A fully functional website and the equipment necessary to keep it functioning is the goal with our
information.. While a person does not have to be technically literate in order to upkeep a website, with updates, memos, and tags, it helps to know what should be on a website to increase the amount of people visiting and aiding/abetting the cause of the organization. That is something that this presentation means to accomplish.

Presentation #3 (Cameron): Synergy is Key: Discovering your social media avenue and managing your web presence.

This presentation will focus on assisting nonprofits in realizing what social media avenues are best suited for their audience as well as the steps needed for achieving web presence synergy. We will explain current demographics for most popular social media sites as well as
typical behavior by those demographics. With this in mind, we will provide examples of how to manage a relevant and demographic appropriate web presence.

Presentation #4 (Jessie): Nonprofit Website Development: From Strategy to Maintenance

The purpose of this presentation is to give nonprofits a reference for website strategy and planning, website design principles, website promotion and website maintenance. Together we will form a list of goals for a website and start the design process by talking about navigation,
architecture, content, webpage editors, themes, user experience, and marketing tools. The main goal is to include detailed information and tips to help build a professionally functioning website. From our research in class, I have seen nonprofit organizations struggling to create a usable,
aesthetically pleasing, and content driven website. So this presentation includes many tools at different price points for easy and modern designs and capabilities.


2 thoughts on “The Basics: Simple Tools to Maximize Your Impact

  1. As new or starting Nonprofits this panel looks like it will have alot of great information for many!

  2. Website planning is so important but usually skipped over!

    “Effectively reaching out across the web can make a real difference in bonding with your audience, communicating your cause and obtaining donations in a cost-efficient way” (Nonprofit Digital Strategy, 2013). It is essential to have a website plan and strategy. Consider your websites content and information, reliability, engagement, accessibility, and design for effectively communicating with visitors. The design of your website is the “face or public persona of an organization. Good site design can improve the impact of your organization and make the website more navigable” (Hoffman, 2013). Within your website strategy, it is important to plan for the design, layout, navigation and maintenance. Having all of this in place will make the technical side much easier and faster. Good communication throughout your organization will make implementations run smoother. Communicate your goals and content management plans. Determine the best talent to run your online platforms or hire someone. With an effective strategy and predetermined goal measurements, there is little standing in your way for a successful online presence.

    Learn More here!

    -Jessie M.

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