Project Management Tools That Nonprofits Should Know About

This is a guest post written by Ryan Sauer, a writer and editor for Bisk Education in association with University Alliance. He actively writes about project management and leadership in different industries and strives to help professionals succeed in getting their PMP certification online.

Most nonprofits face a challenge many large corporations don’t—a lack of “manpower.” While large corporations or businesses are able to designate specific roles to individual people, it’s common for nonprofits to designate multiple responsibilities to each team member. As a result, adept project management becomes crucial to reach the organization’s goals efficiently and effectively. 

There are a number of applications that can help with project-related tasks, including the following (note that they’re all Cloud-based, which means you don’t need to install them, but you do need an internet connection): 

Project Scheduling

 

Gantter Project – For a simple-to-learn solution that fits into your budget, consider this a clean and simple project management scheduling tool that allows users to share project schedules and invite others to view or edit project schedules together. (Cost: Free) 

 

Communication and Collaboration

 
Glasscubes – If you need more than basic project scheduling, this app lets you collaborate within created workspaces called Glasscubes, communicate seamlessly, and share documents effortlessly with cloud server support. Other features include built-in conference calling, email and lead tracking, and customized reports. (Cost: Free for basic plan, upgraded monthly plans are available)
 
 
Time Tracking
 
gTrax – If you are required to manage and record the time spent on specific projects, this service lets you input time and resources spent on project tasks. gTrax is designed to enhance project management processes by creating an integrated system for time recording and reporting. (Cost: Free up to three users, then a monthly fee per user)
 
 

Brainstorming and Mind Mapping

 
WiseMapping – Optimize and keep track of brainstorming ideas with WiseMapping. This web-based mind mapping tool leverages a combination of Web 2.0 and customization features that can provide seamless visual collaboration among members of your team. (Cost: Free!)
 

Diagrams and Flowcharts

 
Gliffy – This web-based app allows users to create diagrams and flowcharts from scratch or templates., and lets them collaborate, share and track changes with anyone. (Cost: Free for a single user, standard and pro plans available).
 

Wrapping it Up

One of the most important rules of project management is to establish and maintain a high level of communication between team members, including all stakeholders. Tools like these can help improve communication and prevent things like scheduling from becoming more confusing than they need to be.
 
Simplified communication can bring everything into focus for the entire team and help make your project a success, moving you closer to your organization’s goals.
 
 

 

Comments

Great info

Hey Chris,

When it comes to maintaing a high level of communication, collaboration and coordination among teams, proofhub seem to be a viable tool. It has all that's required for smooth functioning of teams ana projects. 

 

 

Thanks

Thanks for sharing valuable information.

Project tracking software for management

Hi I have  construction buisiness & have been using basecamp in past  but now I have just tried Project quest. So far I have really loved it and it is been of a great help. Basecame is also very good but I personally feel that project quest is better. You can check the software features here http://www.workflowstoday.com/products/projectquest to compare.

Two Good Options!

 Podio and Trello! Check them both out

Full Podio sponsorship for non-profits and NGO'S

 Great article here! Also, great to see a recommendation for Podio! I wanted to also let you know that Podio offers a full sponsorship to the platform, so that non-profits, NGO's and student organizations can work they way they want. To apply for this sponsorship, you can fill in the following webform podio.com/webforms/149199/4201 

You can read more about some of the organizations we sponsor on our blog here: blog.podio.com/2012/02/24/how-non-profits-use-podio-to-collaborate-and-make-a-difference/

Hope to hear from you!

Best,

Julia

Employee Tracking is a part of Project Management

 

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Nice blog, but here I have something there to recommend you all as a part of project management tools. It is advanced time and tracking software. It not only tracks each and employees time and attendance but has the capability to track the projects scheduled for each and every employee. It can even monitor the progress which can be compared with the real working and provides feasibility for any type of changes in between the project.

 

Thanks a lot for the

Thanks a lot for the suggestions about the app to make life better. I can share one more app which is not cloud yet, but I hope it will. It is Comindware task manager which is also great to solve lots of tasks connected with project management and task fuifilling.

After reading this article, I

After reading this article, I must say that you have included a lot of rewarding information, and it looks like a real nice app. I believe that creating project plans is integral to the progression and success of a business. I have created and managed hundreds of products over the years, and at first I didn't have a clue on how to create or implement a project plan. So I did a little research for an online project planning tool that will guide me every step of the way. And thankfully, I came across a great online planning tool called PlanAnything. It is an online planning tool that guides you through every stage of a project plan, whilst providing you with guidance information, Examples and other online resources that can help you. It made my project planning process ten times easier to complete and massively reduced the time it took to complete, and I've not stopped using it since! It is completely free and I couldn't recommend it anymore, visit http://www.plananything.com and check it out for yourself, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Plan Anything

Colin,

First I want to thank you for reading the post. Second, I have used a plethora of project management software and really havent found one that I didn't like. I personally think it depends on the type of project and the team. I think if I included all of the PM software out there the list could have went on and on, but I wanted to provide some of the tools that (in my opinion) are easy to use and low cost. That being said, I havent got the chance to check out http://www.plananything.com/ but I will definitely give it a try.

Thanks again!