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Tips & Tools to Help Busy Nonprofits Get Things Done

todolistAt the beginning of 2015 I told you how I was going to work on changing my personal story and make 2015 the year of being enough. As the year is coming to a close I’m proud to say I’ve been making progress. AND each week I continue to look for ways to work less and be more efficient.

Back in January, I shared with you two of my favorite tools for getting a handle on all there is to do. I continue to use the heck out of these tools and they continue to provide ease and organization in my busy life.

As we head into the end of the year, and some of the busiest days for all of us in the social sector I’ve got a few more free tools you can use to boost your productivity.


This is a handy, flexible, visual, and FREE app you can use to keep your projects organized. It sounds so simple, but Trello lets you do a lot and makes it easy for you and your team to stay on top of your endless To Do lists.

I recently used Trello with my 15 year-old niece on her school project. She’d asked for some mentoring on a pretty elaborate project. Trello kept us both organized and made our collaboration quite fun.


Social media. Boy, I love it, but sometimes it feels like a bucket of worms I can’t quite get my arms around. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram… the list is ever-growing and never-ending. How do you manage to stay on top of it all?

For me, it’s Hootsuite. I can check all of my social networks, schedule updates, keep on top of the latest info on fundraising, nonprofits, storytelling — you name it! Plus, it gives me analytics to see how the work I am doing is resonating with my audience. I use it many, many times a day.


Google Docs
This one might seem obvious, but I believe people don’t take enough advantage of the power of Google Docs .  My assistant, Cara and I, collaborate on tons of documents, often while on conference calls with clients.  Using Google Docs is a powerful way to share and edit docs  and allow multiple people to be in the document at the same time. As you fine-tune your year-end fundraising messages and crafting those stories, give Google Docs a try.

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What are your favorite tips or tools for staying motivated, getting things done, and being productive? I’m always on the look out for new, helpful tools. Let me know yours.


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