One area many smaller nonprofits agonize over is software. How on earth do you balance the organization’s needs against the budget? While you should have software, upgrades, tech support, etc. figured in to your annual budget, if there’s no money…well, there’s no money. As they say, you can’t get blood from a stone.
Fortunately, there are a lot of free and open-source software products available, if a nonprofit professional knows where to look. In order to make the hunt a little less overwhelming, there are some sites out there that have collected all kinds of programs, apps, etc. into one starting point. With a quick browse of the sites, you can pretty easily find free programs to meet a lot of your needs. For example, the site alternativeTo offers tons of categories, including:
- File Management
- File Sharing
- Photo and Graphic
The site itself seems pretty comprehensive, and it may take a little time to sort through your options and make a choice. But, it’s pretty exciting to realize that there ARE options, even for the nonprofit that is operating on a shoestring budget!