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Thank you for taking the time to view this tutorial on tools for collaborating and sharing resources online. Remember, these tools are all available at little or no cost, and offer unique ways to work together online with your organization’s staff, volunteers, and supporters. Working online allows you to develop communities even across great distances. If you communicate with members of your organization and take the time to research which tool is best for you, you can create an active and thriving online community.

These web tools are low-cost and relatively simple online collaborating options.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this tutorial. The online collaboration tools reviewed here were selected because they are either low- or no-cost, web-based, require no programming or advanced technical skill, and fit the needs of many nonprofits.

Here’s a summary of the tools reviewed.

Remember, you can use the comparison and report card spreadsheets for an at-a-glance look at the features, benefits, and drawbacks of each tool. (For your reference, here they are again: Collaborating Report Card and Collaborating Feature Comparison)

In summary:

Google Docs: Easy to upload files and collaborate in one central location, but not robust enough for building an online community.

Google Groups: Quick and easy to set up, and great for sharing ideas and staying in contact; lacks a file structure for organizing documents.

Google Sites: Quick and easy to set up; great for sharing ideas, staying in contact, and creating an online community. Requires more time and skill to set up than Google Groups.

Zoho Wiki: Very effective for organizing information, but requires a higher level of technical skill.