Re: [netsquared-16] Free or low-cost web tool? (Need ideas)

From: user 8.
Sent on: Sunday, November 14, 2010 12:21 PM
Katie,

There are a lot of options for e-advocacy tools but one free and
functional site I'd recommend you check out first is CitizenSpeak.org.
 Started by a mom who wanted citizens to have a "moveon for the rest
of us" type web to email tool - CitizenSpeak is open source (drupal)
and really free to users.  It doesn't have all the bells and whistles
of the Salsa platform  @ DemocracyInAction.or­g but it will probably
give what you need (downloable excel spreadsheets of letter writers)
to get started.

Over the years we've used it for a number of local grassroots
campaigns and recently Evolve has contributed the effort to upgrade
the site - I understand it will launch later this week at Aspiration's
2010 Nonprofit Software Development Summit later this week.
http://www.aspira...­

Good luck,

Rob

On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM, Kate <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> My group, the AIDS Policy Project, is organizing a letter-writing campaign to the head of the National Institutes of Health urging more funding for AIDS cure funding. We are doing this the old-fashioned way, where we supply talking points, a sample letter, and an address, and we track the number of letters being sent in by asking people to send us a note when they send the NIH guy a letter.
>
> In the future, we're going to want people to send letters to members of Congress.
>
> Is there a better way to do these things that we might be able to afford? We do have a skilled (volunteer) web master.
>
> Katie
> AIDS Policy Project
> www.AIDSPolicyProjec­t.org
>
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