Online Tools talk for folks with yearly budgets under $1000

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Monday morning slot: $1000 SAAS

What people in the space are using

  • Communication and Virtual Office
  • Big Marker - Online events
  • Survey Monkey - Surveys
  • Mailchimp - Email marketing
  • Confluence - Wiki
  • ScheduleOnce - Scheduling
  • Slack - Team communication (i.e. chat)
  • Accompli - Mobile app that integrates google email, contacts, and calendar
  • Voice Pulse - Phone management
  • Ring Central - Phone management
  • Virtual PBX - Phone management
  • Keepass - Distributed key server
  • Lastpass - Password management across devices
  • Evernote - Sync documents across devices
  • Gist - Team communication; integrates with some services like Basecamp
  • Google Apps (Draw) - visual communication
  • Soapbox Mailer - Email marketing with Salesforce

Project Management

  • Basecamp - Project management
  • Trello - Tasks management
  • Harvest forecasting
  • Redmine - Project management


Issue/Bug Tracking

  • Jira - Issue tracking; powerful, but somewhat arduous to set up and maintain
  • Mantis - Issue tracking

Advocacy and Relationship Management

  • Salsa - CRM (Constituent Relationship Management)
  • Salesforce - CRM
  • Google Civic API - Finds representatives based on location
  • Soapbox Engage - Advocacy tools
  • Sugar CRM - CRM


HR and Accounting

  • Zen Payroll - Accounting/payroll
  • Less Accounting - Accounting
  • Harvest - Hours tracking and billing
  • Shoebox - Receipt tracking
  • Freshbooks - Time tracking
  • Zenbooks - Account management


Coding, Testing, and Web Stuff

  • Git Hub - Version control; free bronze accounts for nonprofits
  • WP Engine - Hosting for Wordpress with built-in staging engine; works with git (version control); automated upgrades
  • Gemnasium - Emails you when your software dependencies are out of date or have security warnings
  • Bug Crowd - Checks security vulnerabilities by having people to poke at your website
  • Sauce Labs - Automated testing
  • Browser stack - Cross-browser testing
  • Pantheon - Managed hosting
  • Jenkins - Self-hosted build server
  • Phantom JS* - Automated quality assurance with headless browser. Capybara,
  • Poltergeist.
  • Cloud 9 - Cloud based coding
  • Circle CI - Build server in the cloud “automated monkey in the cloud”; works with git (version control)
  • Headless browser - In a browser, if you run Firefox without being in a window, simulating a window, then simulate input (e.g. enter text in field or click a login button) to automate testing.


Note!

Always check licensing! Nonprofits may get free accounts/service

Interest Areas:

  • Tools to manage grants
  • Human resources management
  • More affordable advocacy platforms
  • Mobile apps for managing your work
  • Hour tracking
  • Long-term project management
  • SASS IDE
  • Automated user testing
  • Contract management


Daniel Owens Design Action Collective