Tech Tools for NGOs

This Silk is a structured database listing tools and resources that NGOs might want to include in their toolkit. We're trying to showcase especially tools that are free/freemium and open source, but you will find a bit of everything.

This Silk is updated regularly: we have collected a list of hundreds of tools, which we manually tag (are they open source tools? Free? ). Make sure you follow this Silk, so you won't miss an update!

Tools Currently Listed: 50

Caveat: because the data is manually  curated with the information (about price, source code availability, developers...) there could be oversights or things you don't agree with. Always check on the tools' website for more details.

 This is a work in progress and we'd love to get feedback from the community.  Want to submit a tool? Fill this form or drop us a mail.


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OpenStreetMapPetitions & CampaignsStorytellingData VisualizationResearchFreeYesOpenStreetMap CommunityOpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license. OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
MeetupPetitions & CampaignsMarketingFreeNoMeetup TeamMeetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.
OSCommerceSalesFreeYesWe provide you the tools to set up your very own complete and self-hosted online store website for free to market and securely sell products and services to customers worldwide. You have complete access to and total control of your online store and data. Our growing community of over 260,000 store owners, developers, and service providers are there to help you at every stage of running your online store and business. Over 7,000 free Add-Ons have been uploaded by the community to use and customize your online store with.
Present.mePublishingVideoPaidNo$17.95 per monthPresent.me TeamThe super easy video presentation platform. Share all your presentation content in one place. Slides, slides and audio, slides and video, or just video. Using video messaging as a­­ sales engagement tool can help your team use all of their assets to engage with the prospect.
StoryformPublishingFreemiumNoStoryform Inc.Making #longform content easy for everyone - We build the framework for you to tell your story. Create truly responsive stories, white-papers, blog posts, or reports with our unique format that automatically takes advantage of every device size. With full screen video and imagery, interativity, and lots of great layouts and designs to choose from, you can replace those static PDFs and boring blog posts.
InkscapeGraphicsFreeYesInkscape CommunityInkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is used by design professionals and hobbyists worldwide, for creating a wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics. Inkscape uses the W3C open standard SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as its native format, and is free and open-source software. Inkscape has sophisticated drawing tools with capabilities comparable to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara Xtreme. It can import and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS and PNG. It has a comprehensive feature set, a simple interface, multi-lingual support and is designed to be extensible; users can customize Inkscape's functionality with add-ons.
Thimble by MozillaPublishingFreeYesMozillaThimble is an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript.
RapidSMSPetitions & CampaignsData CollectionFreeYesUNICEFRapidSMS is an SMS-based monitoring, data collection tool and communication tool that allows both quantitative and qualitative data through SMS forms and bulk SMS messaging features similar to what you would find in desktop SMS tools like FrontlineSMS. RapidSMS is a relatively new project out of the UNICEF Innovations and Development team of the Youth Section in New York. RapidSMS requires STRONG technical skills to install and configure. For the organizations that are able to implement it, RapidSMS offers many advantages over a desktop system. First, since it is web-based, multiple users are able to access the system remotely at the same time. RapidSMS is also an "open" platform based on a popular programming framework which should appeal to organizations with technical staff who want to customize or integrate RapidSMS into their current web systems.
CrowdmapPetitions & CampaignsStorytellingData VisualizationResearchFreemiumYesUshahidiCrowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device. Crowdmap is an entirely new, hosted service for mapping virtually anything on the web, focused on a more social mapping experience with better support for multimedia, sharing, and mobile support. Crowdmap is for anyone wanting to tell a story with a map – not only through location but sharing photos, videos, and stories tied to a specific locations or entire regions.
ElggManagementCommunicationsFreeYesElgg FoundationElgg is an award-winning open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments, from a campus wide social network for your university, school or college or an internal collaborative platform for your organization through to a brand-building communications tool for your company and its clients.
The Noun ProjectGraphicsFreemiumNoThe Noun ProjectDatabase for icons. All licensed under Public Domain or Creative Commons conditions
Frontline SMSPetitions & CampaignsFreemiumYesFrontlineFrontlineSMS is a desktop software created to lower barriers to positive social change using mobile technology. By leveraging basic tools already available to most organizations, including those in ‘last-mile’ settings — computers and low-cost modems — FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous two-way communication to any mobile handset. It’s easy to implement, simple to operate, and best of all, the software is free; you only pay for the messages you send. Using FrontlineSMS with FrontlineSync, you can also track missed calls for the first time.
StorifyStorytellingFreemiumNoStorify TeamStorify is the easiest way to find, collect, and share what people are saying all over the web. Join top companies, brands, and agencies as well as millions of users on the best platform for leveraging social media.
JustCozPetitions & CampaignsNoJustCoz TeamCommunity-based social media exposure for nonprofit organizations. Harness people’s passion – Ask people to volunteer their social media voice by becoming your supporters with justcoz. It’s free and easy to do. Tell your story – Our system provides you with the tools and data to plan your campaign, compose your message and tell the world about your organization. Spread the word – We send your message through your supporters’ personal social media accounts, optimizing your message reach and impact.Keep going – Our free and user-friendly system guarantees your cause continuous social media growth, through maximum exposure and engagement, each time you use it.
Open SourceManagementFreemiumYesOpen Project FoundationOpenProject is free and open source web-based project collaboration software. It is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3. OpenProject supports your project teams throughout the whole project life-cycle and offers collaborative project planning, timeline reports, task management, time and cost reporting, Scrum, and much more. OpenProject is fully accessible and ensures data security and privacy. (Pay for hosted version)
Giving LibraryPetitions & CampaignsFreeNoGiving Library TeamThe Giving Library was created to help philanthropists give wisely. Members of the Giving Library can discover amazing nonprofits that meet their specific interests and make secure donations. Nonprofits benefit as well. By partnering with the Giving Library, organizations become part of our searchable Card Catalog, so members can donate and spread the word. And now, the Giving Library is part of Greatnonprofits.org. GreatNonprofits is the largest nonprofit review site exclusively for nonprofits (a community-sourced site with over 200,000 reviews about nonprofits). Today more than 20,000 nonprofits use greatnonprofits.org as the place to capture their stories from the community -- all free!
PollinSurveys & FormsFreemiumNo63 LABSMulti-platform Social Media Surveys. Twitter, Facebook, 20+ Questions, Skip-Logic, Quizzes, Photos, Videos, #Hashtags & more.
web2ProjectManagementFreeYesPedro AzevedoBruce BodgerKeith Caseyweb2Project communityweb2Project is a Free Open Source business-oriented Project Management System (PMS) built for the future. Further, we know there is no “one-size fits all” project management solution and do not intend to create one. Therefore, our focus is on providing a flexible, feature-filled, and stable platform to build upon for your specific business needs. Most importantly, our regular release cycle provides useful updates to the community on a regular basis. Some of the key features of web2Project are: A secure web-based infrastructure capable of managing any number of projects, companies, departments and users; A one-stop shop for all project information to avoid confusion and reduce risks; Role-based permission system to give the Project Manager fine-grained control over sensitive data; Project and group-wide Gantt Charts; A unified calendar – with iCalendar support – showing all relevant tasks and events; A modular infrastructure which allows the addition or removal of modules to customize the features according to your requirements.
CrisisNETResearchPublishingFreeYesUshahidiCrisisNET finds, formats and exposes crisis data in a simple, intuitive structure that’s accessible anywhere. CrisisNET is an Ushahidi initiative to build a platform for the world’s crisis data, giving journalists, data scientists, developers, and other makers fast, easy access to critical government, business, humanitarian, and crowdsourced information. By reducing the time it takes to access and use crisis data from hours or days to minutes, CrisisNET removes the barriers to big data, and empowers communities to create solutions for their own problems. When crises hit, timely, relevant data can help governments, local volunteers and the humanitarian community respond quickly to events on the ground. However, even though modern crises generate unprecedented amounts of data, most of it remains locked away in obscure formats and undocumented APIs — beyond the reach of most media organizations, NGOs and community leaders. Even when the data is accessible, specialists must invest significant time and resources to make it usable. In the meantime the clock is ticking, and lives are lost. We can do better. To make sure communities, technologists, the media, and other makers are prepared the moment a crisis strikes, we continually collect massive amounts of data of different types and from disparate sources, then organize it, clean it, and restructure it into a single, well-documented format. It used to take days to discover, retrieve, and format crisis data for any application, visualization, or analysis. Now you can do the same using a single line of code (or a few clicks of the mouse) through the CrisisNET API.
IFTTTManagementFreeNoIFTTT TeamIFTTT is a web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called "recipes", which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. IFTTT is an abbreviation of "If This Then That" (pronounced like "gift" without the "g"). An example "recipe" might consist of sending an e-mail message if the IFTTT user tweets using a certain hashtag. Or, if the user is tagged by someone on Facebook, then that photo will be added to the user's cloud-based photo archive.


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