Your favorite resources from #NonprofitSTRONG

Images from UnSplash designed in CanvaWe all have our own favorite tools and resources. Here are five that attendees of #NonprofitSTRONG 2016 wanted to make sure you knew about.

Toggl.com

Sign up: Yes

Free to use: Yes

Paid Premium Version: Yes

Toggl allows you to easily track your time on projects. You basically label what you are working on and start the timer. This can be extremely useful for freelancers getting paid by the hour. In the nonprofit world, I can see this being used to track time reserved for specific grant purposes or to capture how long specific tasks are taking. They have a team feature and reporting options. I would definitely check this out if tracking time is a hassle for your or you can never figure out what the heck you were doing last Tuesday. The only pitfall I found using this product was that I switched tasks so often, changing the timer was a hassle. I believe that is more of a poor reflection on me and my attention skills than it is to Toggl, though.

Quarterlette.com

Sign up: No

Free to use: Yes

Paid Premium Version: No

A blog geared toward women in their quarter-life, Quarterlette features writing from a variety of narrators exploring the world, seeking love, and thriving professionally. They also feature a curated shopping list for that models every young professional’s Pinterest page.

Ivolunteer.com

Sign up: Yes

Free to use: No, but free to try

Paid Premium Version: Yes

Set up a simple to read, basic volunteer sign up page using Ivolunteer. Ivolunteer also gives you the space to add descriptions for the volunteer shifts and plug in details like time and contact information. You can also send reminders and emails to volunteers as needed. If you are looking for a free version, you might want to check out SignUpGenius.com for the same service, but free membership.

Excel Tricks

Sign up: No

Free to use: Yes

Paid Premium Version: No

Trying to expand your Excel skills beyond =Sum(A1:A5)? Excel Tips puts short video tutorials and easy explanations in your Facebook feed. Learn short cuts and new formulas in your spare time or when you are a break at work.

Canva.com

Sign up: Yes

Free to use: Yes

Paid Premium Version: Yes

Canva gives you everything you need to create amazing graphics in a few clicks. The simple set up is easy to maneuver for those of us who grew up on MS Paint. You’ll have a full toolbox of pre-set fonts, layouts, frames and graphics to create signs and images ready to share on social media. It definitely can be used as graphics for dummies, which makes some of the pre-sets frustrating when you can’t manipulate them as much as you want. It is worth checking out if you ever have to throw together a picture with an associated quote or call to action.

UnSplash

Sign up: No

Free to use: Yes

Paid Premium Version: No

The best way to describe UnSplash is written front and center on their homepage: “Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.” So you need some hi-res photos? Check it out. They are pretty great. You can also sign up to have 10 new photos delivered to your inbox every 10 days.

Cate Meno is the Conference Committee Chair for YNPN Triangle NC.

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