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Free and Discounted Resources for Nonprofits

Carol Walton

Free and Discounted Resources for Nonprofits

Below is a listing of free and discounted services to help meet all your programming needs. Our list includes support services, professional development, and products ranging from tech, social, email, and video tools.

Last updated on October 28, 2021.

Nonprofit support services

Online Impacts (Idealist listing)

Online Impacts is a nonprofit organization that develops websites, assists with digital marketing, and creates technology solutions for nonprofits completely free of cost.

Techsoup (Idealist listing)

Techsoup is a nonprofit international network of non-governmental organizations that provides technical support and technological tools to other nonprofits. Techsoup also partners with different companies to offer discounted software to nonprofits.

Grant Advisor

Grant Advisor is a web service featuring anonymous reviews from grant applicants sharing their experiences with grant-giving foundations.

NTEN

NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) is a nonprofit organization and community that offers online trainings, professional credentials, and resources. With your annually paid membership, nonprofits have access to benefits such as 50% off online courses, full access to resources, and a subscription to NTEN’s nonprofit tech discussion forum

Professional development and online training

Nonprofit Ready

Nonprofit Ready is an organization that offers free professional development courses and online training to nonprofits and nonprofit professionals. Courses range from grant writing, fundraising, nonprofit leadership training, volunteer engagement, starting a nonprofit, and more. 

TechSoup Events

TechSoup events feature free in-person and online events and webinars that include topics in communications and marketing, program management, fundraising, digital security, etc. In-person events are held in 120 cities worldwide. Their website also includes an archive of past webinars to meet your needs.

Grow with Google

Google offers free online trainings and discounted certification programs to help nonprofit professionals advance.

Philanthropy University

Philanthropy University offers free online, certified training nonprofit training programs. 

Nonprofit Courses

This website offers an archive of free online courses, videos, and podcasts for nonprofit professionals.

W3schools.org 

W3schools offers free tutorials to learn coding basics in HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc. 

Products

Technology Applications

Google Workspace for Nonprofits

Google provides free business apps such as Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive, Google Meet, and Google Analytics

Microsoft for Nonprofits

Microsoft offers free or discounted products for nonprofits such as Office 365, Windows 10, Azure, Power BI Desktop, and more. 

Squarespace, Duda, and Wix

Squarespace, Duda, and Wix are low-cost website builders.

Dreamhost

Dreamhost is a web host provider that offers free shared website and email hosting for nonprofits. 

Acronhost

Acrohost is a web hosting service that offers discounted plans for nonprofits. Their web hosting platform is powered by 100% green energy from wind and solar sources.

Hotjar

Hotjar offers analytical tools and “heatmaps” to gather data about user behavior and interaction with your website. It provides insight to help improve user experience. Users can start a free basic plan for up to 1,000 pageviews.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine provides a digital archive of the World Wide Web. Nonprofits can view screenshots of past iterations of their website and monitor their progress in web design over time.

EasyPDF

EasyPDF is a free online PDF converter that converts from and to PDFs. 

Fast Scanner-Apple/Google Play

Fast Scanner is a free mobile app that allows users to scan multiple pages of documents, receipts, notes, and invoices into PDF documents. 


Project management and communication

Slack

Slack is a cloud-based messaging platform that enables employees to communicate and collaborate on projects. Free and low-cost plans are available.

Trello

Trello is a free web-based tool that utilizes kanban lists that helps employees organize and manage projects. Free and low-cost plans are available.

Asana

Asana is a web-based tool that helps teams organize, track, and manage projects and tasks. Discounts are available for nonprofits. 


Email tools

MailChimp

MailChimp is a marketing automation platform and email marketing services to manage mailing lists and create email marketing campaigns. Free subscription plan available for users with up to 2,000 email subscribers.

Flodesk

Flodesk is an email marketing service that enables users to create email campaigns, customize and schedule emails. Flodesk offers a 30-day free trial.

Vertical Response

Vertical Response is an email marketing software. Monthly charges are based on the number of email subscribers.


Video and audio conferencing

Zoom

Zoom is an online platform used for video and audio conferencing. Discounts for nonprofits are available, including this offer from Techsoup.  

UberConference

UberConference is a cloud-based web conferencing tool. The service offers unlimited conferencing and a free plan for up to 10 accounts. 


Social media apps

Buffer

Buffer is a software application used for social media management. Users can use the application for free to maintain up to three social media channels or pay a low monthly cost for unlimited channel management and advanced features. Buffer also offers courses such as Intro to Social Media Strategy on SkillShare.

Lightful

Lightful is a social media management platform that allows users to schedule their social media posts and track post analytics.

ManyChat

ManyChat is a communication tool that enables users to create automated SMS, Facebook, and Instagram messages. 

Social Searcher

Social Searcher is a free social media search engine that enables people to track public social mentions and hashtag mentions.


Graphic Design and Photo Editing Tools

Canva

Canva is a graphic design platform offering social media graphics, templates, presentations, and other visual content. Users can use the platform for free or subscribe to Canva Pro for unlimited options.

Snappa

Snappa is a graphic design platform offering templates, social media graphics, and stock photos. Free and paid plans are available. 

Iconfinder

Iconfinder is an online database of free social media icons and illustrations.

Noun Project

Noun Project is an online database of free social media icons and photos.

Giphy Create

Giphy Create users can create animated GIFs with captions.

Unsplash, Pexels, and Shutterstock

Unsplash and Shutterstock offer free photo stock and images.

Picmonkey

Picmonkey is an online photo editing platform. 

BeFunky

BeFunky is an online tool that allows users to edit photos, create photo collages and designs.

Venngage

Venngage is an online tool that allows users to create infographics and presentations.


Video creation and editing tools

Animoto

Animoto is an online video maker that allows users to drag and drop videos and customize videos. Users can create a free account to create unlimited videos or subscribe to their low-cost monthly subscription that includes advanced customization features.

ClipChamp

ClipChamp is a video editing tool used to create video ads for Facebook and Instagram. ClimpChamp offers a free subscription and affordable pricing plans with advanced features such as unlimited cloud storage and audio stock.

Lumen5

Lumen5 is a video creation platform that enables users to create video content for social media, stories, and ads. Free subscription available.

Donated items

Good360

Good360 is an organization that provides nonprofits with donated goods such as school supplies, clothes, baby items, computers, etc. Their service is free for qualifying nonprofits.

FirstBook

FirstBook provides free books and reading materials to nonprofits who qualify. 


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Do you know of other services or products that will be a beneficial resource to include here? We’d love to hear from you! You can share the resource with us in this document or email us at act@idealist.org

Carol Walton

Carol Walton is a community organizer at Idealist. She connects our community of idealists with opportunities to volunteer and take action in their area.