What software tools and services are available to nonprofits at low or no cost that are worth using? How do you judge when a tool really is low cost, as opposed to one that will end up costing you time and effort? We’ll walk through the latest free and low-cost tools, software, and services that are worth knowing about.

About our Experts

Claire Billington

Claire’s non-profit background ranges from volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, being an equine-assisted therapy volunteer, and getting a small theater group onto an international stage. As a Tech Impact data team member, she works with non-profits to assess data needs, implement file collaboration solutions, identify data solutions and enhance their use of data. Claire is passionate about technology that puts users first. When she’s not at work you can find her biking around Philadelphia, seeking out good food, or running. ​

Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy brings a long background in marketing, sales, and recruiting to Idealware, where he manages training events and grows course partner relationships. Prior to joining Idealware, Colin enjoyed 15 years in Hollywood studios before focusing his skills in digital advertising. Soon after a start-up that Colin worked with was acquired by a large San Francisco tech company, he redirected his career from sales for large corporations to enhancing non-profit workforce development programs, developing curricula, coaching and training hundreds of mid-career clients on job search essentials. Outside of his work at Idealware, Colin volunteers as a career adviser, spoils his two cats, and paints acrylic landscapes in his backyard.

About Our Sponsors

Neon One is a powerful technology ecosystem fueling mission-driven organizations to build capacity through software and services designed for social impact.

We pioneer solutions for fundraising, community building, and program operations that power the future of philanthropy. Learn how Neon One energizes mission-driven organizations like yours to do more at

Microsoft is proud to be a long-time supporter of Tech Impact and their mission to use technology to better serve the world. Microsoft partners with Tech Impact to deliver innovative cloud solutions available for nonprofits of all sizes along with the capacity building programs needed to drive impact. Microsoft’s social investment model reinvests incremental revenue in to social good causes like affordable housing, skills and employability programs, and technology donations.

About Idealware

Idealware is a program of the nonprofit Tech Impact. We are the authoritative source for independent, thoroughly-researched technology resources for the social sector. Our publications, assessments, and training can save you time and money by providing impartial guidance that gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to decide what’s best for your organization. Browse our archives, sign up for our mailing list, or learn more at


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We were at a point in our organization's growth when the data tracking systems we had in place were not keeping pace with the amount of data that we needed to gather, track, and analyze on a regular basis to be successful. Tech Impact helped us create a flexible system that meets every one of our complex needs in tracking student attendance, session progress, training evaluations, outcome assessments and many other types of data, all in one centralized location. We are now completely on top of how our projects are going in real time as we serve tens of thousands of youth across multiple countries...
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