5 Cost-Cutting Tech Tools for Nonprofits

by Danielle Bloom

2 min read

When you run a nonprofit organization, chances are you have a limited budget. To fulfill your mission objectives, you have to spend wisely. One way to cut costs is to use free software whenever possible.

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite software. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.The Writer component of LibreOffice is a word processor similar to Microsoft Word. It supports most common document formats including Microsoft Word format so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues.LibreOffice also has a spreadsheet program called Calc that is perfect for number crunchers and data miners. You can use it to open most common spreadsheet formats, including XLS and CSV.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud service that lets you store your files in the cloud and access them anywhere. As of 2017, the free version of Dropbox comes with 2GB of storage space, and when you refer people to sign up for the service, you can receive up to 16GB of bonus storage space.Dropbox also lets you share files with others, making it easy to collaborate with your co-workers. When someone updates a file in the shared folder, everyone with access to this folder sees the changes automatically.Dropbox is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. You can also access it with an internet browser on computers that don’t have the Dropbox app installed.

Skype

Skype is a communication app that lets you cut both your phone bill and travel expenses. It is available for most platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. You can even use it on your wearable devices such as an Apple Watch or Android Wear.With Skype, you can send instant messages, and make voice and video calls to people from around the world. It is free to call other Skype users, and if you have to call a mobile number or landline, Skype allows you to do so inexpensively. Skype also lets you hold group conferences with up to 25 people. This is perfect for holding meetings with team members or potential donors.

GIMP

If you need to edit photos or design graphics for your nonprofit organization and don’t have the budget for commercial software like Photoshop, GIMP may just be what you need. This image editor is free, and it is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.GIMP offers tools that let you do all kinds of image manipulations. If you’re a photographer, you can use GIMP to process your photos. If you’re a graphic designer, you can use it to create icons and images.

Scribus

Scribus is a free desktop publishing software for many platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, OS/2, and FreeBSD. It offers tools that let you create flyers, newsletters, and even magazines and books.Scribus comes with a wide selection of colour palettes and supports common colour schemes such as RGB and CMYK. You can also use Scribus to emulate different forms of color blindness to make sure the colours in your publications are good for people with vision problems.With these free apps, you can minimize the operating expenses of your nonprofit organization. A penny saved is a penny you can use to serve people in need.

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