In today’s competitive environment, generating original and creative fundraising ideas and events can make or break your organization. Beyond this, once you have that epic idea, raising funds and building awareness for your cause and its events can be a daunting challenge. Although this may not be new information to you and your team, many organizations fail to realize the solutions that they have available to optimize their fundraising efforts. The good news? It is never too late to make a change, and in today’s mobile world, the options that you have available are infinite.
Here are three apps that can help your organization enhance its productivity and effectively coordinate fundraising efforts:
1. Evernote. First thing’s first – you need to be organized. In today’s dynamic and ever-changing world, increasing your exposure and heightening the awareness of your nonprofit and it’s fundraising efforts are more difficult than ever before. A one-size-fits-all marketing strategy will simply not suffice if your organization wishes to rise to the top. Instead, right-brain, creative thinking skills are critical to ensuring you and your team are creating unique content and events that resonates with your target audience and ultimately, maximize your marketing and fundraising efforts.
The problem is, a great idea can cross your mind at any time or place throughout the day. As many small ideas from varying individuals and perspectives naturally cumulate into one big, brilliant idea, you need to ensure that your team is continuously recording their thoughts in one common location. Optimized for iOS, Windows and Android devices, Evernote does just that.
More specifically, Evernote is a free mobile and desktop app that provides you and your team with a platform from which they can record and share ideas, as well as save noteworthy information and research from the web. This ongoing brainstorming process will help keep your thoughts organized and allow your staff to efficiently build upon each other’s ideas in real time.
2. PayAnywhere. You’ve all heard it more than once– “I’m sorry, I would donate, but I don’t have any cash on me right now.” Am I right? Our society today is undoubtedly driven by convenience, which is one reason why many individuals have come to rely solely on the use of their credit and debits cards as a method of payment. Using the PayAnywhere app, your organization will have the capability to accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal with your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry device. Additionally, the expedient mobile application comes equipped with in-app an online reporting, multiple user capabilities, email and printed receipt options and the cost is low at 2.69% per swipe.
3. DonorPerfect. Equipped for both the iPhone and Android devices, DonorPerfect is a mobile donor management system that allows you to efficiently store and keep track of important contributor information. From helping you and your team streamline everything from information management to fundraising efforts to donation processing, DonorPerfect is an app that will help your team increase its productivity and efficiency. Although the app is not free, it provides users with a cost effective platform that is proven to drive results.
It is time to start making better use of your organization’s precious time and resources and, most importantly, optimize your fundraising efforts. Mobile apps provide a cost effective and convenient way for you and your team to better organize their thoughts, collaborate to generate creative ideas, enhance productivity and make donating to your cause convenient and effortless. Don’t be afraid to investigate the different options that are available and determine the tools that best suit the needs of your team. What are you waiting for? It’s time to start brainstorming for your next fundraising campaign!