Check out some of our favorite apps to increase your productivity and build your organization’s brand!

Rocketbook* | A great solution for those who wish to leave their computer/tablet out of meetings, but still need notes. *Rocketbook is a slim notebook that can be written on and wiped clean with a damp cloth. Best of all, your notes can easily be uploaded to email, Google Drive, or other platforms through the Rocketbook App.

Zapier | Integrations are the next phase of app development and Zapier has a “Zap” for just about everything. Did you know your email platform could integrate with your donor software? Or, how about having your corporate donor profiles updated based on the latest LinkedIn profile updates? That is only the beginning.

Canva | There is no excuse for not having high-resolution, watermark-free, social graphics for your organization. Canva’s user-friendly platform can help your organization create just about anything – just make sure it is branded. Design circa Canva is getting easier to spot as the app becomes more widely used.

Buffer | Schedule out your social media posts days or weeks in advance across all platforms. Upgrade to get deeper analytics on how your posts are performing.

Grammarly | Is their any thing worse than a typo.? Not really. Grammarly works great as an extension in your browser, but fair warning: we’ve found it doesn’t play nice with Microsoft Office Suite. This lack of integration is, of course, responsible for my last several blog typos.

Pocket | So much great content and so little time. Stay current by sending articles, blog posts, and more to your Pocket App to review when you have time.

Woven | It’s not the first calendar app to offer polling, scheduling links, and analytics, but it’s the easiest and cheapest one that does all three things seamlessly. Note: I’ve only tried this for Gmail, although it does have a Microsoft Outlook App.

LastPass | This app also works as an extension in your browser to save your login information securely across websites and apps. Note: much to my frustration and my husband’s amusement, the actual LastPass app requires a username/password.

Google Recorder | Take the distraction out of taking notes during meetings by using Google’s Recorder App to record and transcribe your minutes. Not a fool-proof solution, but certainly an upgrade from keyboard clicks and hand cramps.

RescueTime | If you’re easily distracted by article links, social media, blank page staring contests, or any other on-screen time suck, this app will help you get back to productivity.

Rocketbook* | A great solution for those who wish to leave their computer/tablet out of meetings, but still need notes. *Rocketbook is a slim notebook that can be written on and wiped clean with a damp cloth. Best of all, your notes can easily be uploaded to email, Google Drive, or other platforms through the Rocketbook App.

NOTE: To make this list as universally relevant as possible, we’ve steered clear of the following categories:

  • Operating-system-specific options, i.e. iOS or Android proprietary programs.
  • WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING? Apps. For example, if you’re not on Facebook and Instagram, this list is not where you should be starting.
  • Software related to donor and project management. There are too many factors and options based on organization type.
  • Cost-prohibitive apps. Everything listed is available for less than $12/month, and most are free.

 

What life-changing technology are you using? Tell us about it!

Katie Appold, MPA

Executive Director | DO MORE GOOD

 

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