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Discovering Nonprofit and Library Apps with App It Up

Discovering Nonprofit and Library Apps with App It Up

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  • I'd like to see an app for that QR code...I am a techy novice and could use something like that.

  • Hi! We had a iPhone App built for a pretty low cost. I looked for a long time and found these UK guys that did it for less than $500. You can download it for free on the iTunes. Look for Whitley county humane society to check it out, we can update the animals, and info 24/7

  • I would like several things:  A simple build-it-yourself app for non-profits similar to the ones available for businesses with modestly priced hosting so we can develop apps for our constituent organizations.

    Also:  I would like to be able to develop a news feed with items from major media, facebook and twitter on the subject of our non-profit.  As a multi-faith group, we would also like a "daily prayer" app for our different faith groups.

  • Hi there. First, thanks everyone for the input. Keep it coming!

    WhitleyCounty: Thanks for sharing. I downloaded your app, and it looks great! Nice clean layout and navigation, and it covers all the bases – adoptable animals (so many cuties out there), shelter and adoption info, news, upcoming events, even donations. It's great that you were able to get your app built at a reasonable price, too.

    Nancy: I know there are a lot of app development tools out there, and I'd be interested to hear more about what orgs have used, or what they'd need to know in order to use one of those tools, especially the level of technical expertise and time/resources needed. On your next wishlist item, there are definitely tools out there that help combine feeds from media and social networking sources. How do you envision using the feed? Internally, to keep up on a relevant subject? Or as a way of sharing information with your supporters via your website or via a mobile app? We've heard from a few faith-oriented orgs that they're interested in a prayer app. It seems this is an unaddressed need for orgs.

    Shouters: I don't have an app in mind, but below are some QR code resources you might find helpful, including Idealware's QR code basics, Beth Kanter's roundup of QR code info, and Frogloop and Nonprofit Tech2.0 on how nonprofits can use QR codes.

    www.idealware.org/.../qr-codes-nonprofits

    www.bethkanter.org/qr-codes-electronic-devicesnonprofits-and-concert-etiquette

    www.frogloop.com/.../five-ways-nonprofits-can-use-qr-codes.html

    nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/.../22-ways-nonprofits-can-use-qr-codes-for-fundraising-and-awareness-campaigns

  • I am new to this group and I notice that the comments are a year old but I hope that you are still checking...

    I am trying to learn about apps and how we might incorporate them into our media but I am so new that the term "hackathon" is scary...aren't hackers something we dread?

    I worry that just using that term might turn some people off from using the product.

    Now, that being said, I am very interested in reaching our clients and the public.

    We provide puppies and help people with disabilities train their own service dogs. An app that shows training schedules, updates, changes, requirements, etc. would be very helpful.

    Also something to notify people about available puppies that can be easily updated would be great.

    News and info about the ADA laws is a great app too.

    So many things, so many ideas; I just need to get past the "hacker" phobia! Thanks!

  • Hi gabbyjack,

    Thanks for the feedback and the good ideas about apps you'd like to see!

    Hackers are sill often thought of as a scary, bad thing. A hackathon, hack day, or code day is when computer programmers/developers get together to do a bunch of intensive development on software applications in a day or week-long sprint. It's a great way to put a lot of minds together at once to create.

    Some people refer to them as "barn-raisings" in reference to communities that would come together to help raise a barn for a family. Hackathons are a similar concept of bringing people together to find solutions through technology.

    We're continuing to work on apps for nonprofits and libraries, most recently through our program with Microsoft called Transforming Communities.

    We just hosted a free app webinar last Thursday that showed some great examples of apps in the works and many that are available for different nonprofit purposes now (accepting donations via mobile phone, collecting data on the go, crowdsourcing, games for change, etc). You can view the archived webinar and resources discussed.

    We'll be hosting a "part two" free app webinar on November 29 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Read more about the event here and join us to learn and share.