Low Cost/No Cost Tools: Online Essentials Part 2

Each week, we will be highlighting some great low or no cost tools that nonprofit professionals use on the CommonGood Vermont blog.  This week we will be showcasing “Essentials”, some basic tools that every  tech savvy nonprofit need.

If you have a tool that you can’t work without, please email us at coordinator@commongoodvt.org. We’d love to hear what Vermont’s nonprofits are using to get their work done!



Thanks to Heather Davis from Heather Davis M&E  Research Consulting, for sharing this tool with us!

PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a Free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS, and appears very similar to it with a few exceptions. If your organization can’t afford statistical analysis software or you are finding yourself doing data analysis on the fly, here’s a tool for you!



If your event is free, then you can use Eventbrite for free! Add an event description and details to start selling tickets and collecting registrations. Manage the registrations, do event check-in on your iphone or ipad for free.  Manage payments online and you can either pay the fees or the registrants can pay the fees.

Free Events: Always Free!

Collecting money for your event?: 2.5% +.99 per ticket + 3% credit card processing fee. If you want, folks can pay with check at the door and skip the credit card fee altogether.

Send surveys to registrants, collect real-time data on your event and of course spread the word using facebook, twitter and your website.



Create, design and distribute surveys online. For the basic (free) service you get 10 questions per survey and 100 responses per survey.  The results are updated in real-time, easy-to-use interface where you can collect responses via a weblink, email, and social networks. You can upgrade to the $17/month or unlimited questions and responses if you are doing a lot of surveying.



Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again! You can login to your dropbox account anywhere there is internet, get the files you need, even open up old versions of files, and upload files to save as a backup.  You get 2GB for free when you start and could be more.

Install dropbox on your computer, get an iphone app and easily backup your files, share files with your co-workers and bring your files anywhere you are!


google analyticsGoogle Analytics

If you aren’t already, you need to start tracking the traffic on your organization’s website.  Google’s free Analytics allows you to track visitors, how long they stay, where they come from and where they stop looking and how they keep coming back.  In an age where you have to have a website as an organization, it is also important to know who is looking at your website and figure out WHY and HOW.

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