This week Stanford University released a study on iPhone addiction. The 200 college students surveyed said: “On a scale of one to five, where five is full blown addiction and one is not addicted at all, 10 percent of the respondents ranked themselves as a five, 34 percent a four …”
Now, I am a few years out of college, but I am whole-heartedly addicted to my iPhone. That’s why I was excited to hear about Americans for the Arts’ inclusion in a new free app called CauseWorld (also available for Android). It’s a micro-giving social media app that is easy to use and allows you quickly (and frequently) support your favorite causes. CauseWorld works similar to Foursquare: just open it up when you are near retail stores or local businesses, check-in to receive Karma Points, and then donate those points to one of the featured causes such as bringing art to schools. Karma Points are actually real funds provided by sponsors, Citibank and Kraft foods.
It seems that everyday cell phone apps are opening up new doors for promotion, fundraising, and productivity for those working in the nonprofit arts. So here is my list of the Top 10 iPhone Apps for the Arts.
- Brushes – The infamous painting app.
- TypeDrawing – This is a very cool text-based drawing app
- MovieMaker – Make your own stop-motion movies.
- Paint Light – It’s Lite-Brite for your iPhone, ’nuff said.
- Artnear – A worldwide guide to art exhibitions, museums, and galleries. Also available for Blackberry users.
- BandMate – Find live music events and concerts no matter where you are.
- Evernote – The ultimate multi-media sticky pad. Available for numerous platforms, including Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
- Quickoffice – See Excel spreadsheets in your sleep? Now edit them easily on your iPhone.
- Shiftboard – Mange volunteer or staff schedules from your phone. Great for events or conferences.
VISIBILITY & FUNDRAISING
- CharityFinder – Make sure your nonprofit is listed to maximize visibility and outreach to new donors.
Are you inspired to make your own app? Here is a good resource of case studies on what other nonprofits have done. Or check out appmakr.com or Swebapps for information on how to create your own mobile app.
Do you have a favorite app? Let us know in the comments below.