A Few Free Online Technology Tools
If you’re not using online technology to engage donors and volunteers, what are you waiting for? I know budgets are tight and the need to make the most of every dollar is strong, so here are some free online services you can tap into to help your organization fundraise and connect with potential givers.
* Yahoo! Groups
Any group can sign up for Yahoo! Groups, and you get to determine if information is kept private or public. There are tools like schedules and message boards where members can share information and set up meetings and event notices. The administrator invites the initial list of members or makes the group public. Once a member accepts or joins the group, he or she can encourage other members to join.
Yahoo! Groups is perfect for volunteer groups and developing online communities of people who are passionate about your cause. It will give people the freedom to share information among themselves and also provide your organization some control over communicating with them.
MySpace is not just for teenagers. In fact, the largest growing group of MySpace members is adult women (they also are one of the top demographic groups that donate in the United States). Creating a MySpace page quickly and easily can connect you with a whole network of people or organizations that are interested in your cause.
MySpace pages are easy to set up. Just create an account, upload an image or logo, and provide your mission. Don’t forget to check out other pages on MySpace that have relevant topics. Create a connection or send an e-mail message to these sites and start your own social network.
* ThisNext.com or Kaboodle.com
If you’re selling a product to raise funds and the product is sold on your Web site, consider listing it on social shopping sites like ThisNext.com. These sites allow you to register, create a profile and feature products that you love by uploading the product image and link from any shopping site. It’s really easy to use and can provide your site with many visitors.