Here’s how to use slack for nonprofits

September 24, 2019 12:00 AM
  • Here’s how to use slack for nonprofits

Slack for everyone

Slack is a communications app that helps teams of all sizes communicate effectively. This app can be used by nonprofits as well, for connecting different stakeholders. There are versions of this app available on desktop as well as on mobile for free of cost.

How can NPOs use Slack?

Slack helps in bringing different teams, team members, other stakeholders etc together on a single platform, a chatroom, where they may have private, one-on-one conversations or create group channels (i.e. donor strategy channel, volunteer recruitment channel, etc.). The channels allow access to only key stakeholders from each group. Channels are a highly organized way to facilitate communications between a group of three or more people about a particular topic.

Team Members

Within channels, users may create a thread by inviting relevant people to each group and replying to someone’s comment in the channel stream. These are centered around one topic in particular and can help in figuring out who is working on what and when.

Things you can do with Slack

Slack allows users to upload files, mention people specifically, pose group questions and collaborate in real-time from anywhere.

It also allows users to video conference and other collaboration tools through its different free as well as priced offerings. 

Slack is a place for messaging, too. It also features public messaging and private messaging with different members of the organization. It helps in creating a random group chat to address members or notify or discuss an event within the organization.

Things you don’t do with Slack

Slack, however, isn’t the place for when one needs to make a big decision with a group or provide feedback on a project. Those discussions would be more effective if it happens in-person. 

This app can be used across different work levels as it helps get stuff done by allowing a more open form of communication. Meetings can be planned, polls can be created, messaging across channels or personal channels can be done, media files or documents can be exchanged, the scope here is large. Slack is also considered easy to use and manage.

Additionally, Slack Helpcenter can also be visited for more information.

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