Build your Nonprofit’s Brand with Canva
Canva is the perfect tool to support your nonprofit’s brand-building efforts, but how do you begin? What steps should your organization take to lay the foundation for a strong brand presence?
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We know that sourcing compelling inclusive photography for your nonprofit’s visual storytelling can be challenging — so we’re here to help!
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Tools We Love
After nearly 45 combined years of experience as professional communicators and marketers, we’ve gotten pretty clear on our favorite tools* to support our work with nonprofit and charitable organizations. We’re excited to share a few of them with you!
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Adobe Creative Cloud
We believe in using the best tool for the job, so we also maintain a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for some of our more complex projects. With applications for vector and raster design, video editing, and print design, we love that Adobe offers an application (or two!) to solve every creative problem we encounter! Adobe Creative Cloud offers discounted pricing to eligible nonprofit organizations through TechSoup.
We’ve worked with more than a few donor management systems through our consulting work, and Bloomerang has always been one of our faves! We love their integrations with tools our clients already use and love, as well as their pricing model that offers access to nonprofits of every size.
CoSchedule is an all-in-one marketing calendar that offers project and task management within the context of your marketing projects. With drop and drag features that allow for quick rescheduling of blog posts, email newsletters, and social posts, CoSchedule is a great way to manage your nonprofit’s marketing campaigns. CoSchedule also offers a 30% discount to eligible nonprofit organizations.
Though the name has changed a few times over the years, Google’s cloud-based suite of productivity tools just keeps getting better. With virtual meeting, chat, presentation tools, and more, you’ll find everything you need to elevate your nonprofit’s workflow. Through Google for Nonprofits, Google Workspace offers free and deeply discounted plans to eligible nonprofit organizations.
Even third-grade spelling bee champs (Sandee takes a bow…) could use a little help with their writing occasionally. Grammarly does the job perfectly! We love the clarity suggestions because sometimes the fingers move faster than the mind, and we LOVE that Grammarly works in Canva so our designs there reflect us at our best. Grammarly started offering free access to eligible nonprofit organizations during the pandemic, and the program is still available at this writing.
Little Green Light
When we’re looking for a donor management system that comes with an online donation processor, consider Little Green Light (LGL). We love how customizable LGL is — the system is extendable through custom fields and offers custom reporting. You’ll also find volunteer and membership management modules, offering your organization a full suite of management tools.
Email marketing is an integral part of your work as a nonprofit communicator; whether regular communications with all your stakeholder groups to program-based communications to clients or participants, MailerLite has got you covered! With integrations available through automation apps like Zapier, MailerLite will fit right into your nonprofit’s workflow. We also love that they have educational resources to help you learn the system! MailerLite offers a 30% to eligible nonprofit organizations.
With webinars, podcast episodes, downloadable guides, and more on everything from board relations to online fundraising, the Nonprofit Hub is a nonprofit membership organization for nonprofit organizations, nonprofit professionals, and nonprofit vendors and service providers that functions as an amazing resource for nonprofits.
nten is a nonprofit membership organization that helps “missions and movements” make better use of technology. In addition to providing professional development, online communities, and reference materials, nten coordinates one of the most engaging and educational annual conferences for nonprofits, called NTC.
Planning and scheduling your organization’s social content is an important way to support the campaigns and events coordinated by your nonprofit. We use Publer to organize our social content. With workspaces that allow you to save settings for each platform your organization uses, Publer takes care of the messy part of organizing the digital aspects of your campaigns and events, so you can focus on the storytelling that will increase your organization’s impact.
qGiv is, hands down, our favorite online fundraising platform. We love that it offers solutions for nearly every fundraising scenario your nonprofit encounters — event registration/admission, peer-to-peer fundraising, and even auctions. Best of all, they offer eligible small nonprofits a free plan as a way to get started with raising money online.
With Scribe, you can create visual step-by-step guides to document any process you need to share with others. We use Scribe to prepare the images used in our blog posts, but we can envision a nonprofit using this tool to create program and staff training materials. Scribe offers a 50% discount to eligible nonprofit organizations; once your account is established, you can email them to have the discount applied to your account.
We love using Slack to stay connected with members of the Shop team. We can easily share links and documents without having to resort to email. Our conversations there are easily organized so we can go back to anything we’ve missed, and with integrations like Giphy, our chats are also tons of fun! Slack offers free or deeply discounted pricing to eligible nonprofit organizations.
TechSoup is a great marketplace where eligible nonprofit and charitable organizations can access discounted software and hardware from brands like Adobe, Microsoft, Dell, and Lenovo. Through a global network of community organizers, TechSoup also offers educational events for nonprofits on things like grant writing, data compliance, and nonprofit governance.
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