May 6, 2024

The Ultimate List of Free and Discounted Resources for Nonprofits

Enhance Your Nonprofit's Marketing, Technology, and Operations Without Breaking the Bank

Navigating the world of nonprofit management can be challenging, especially when it comes to finding affordable tools and resources. Whether you're seeking to improve your marketing strategies, upgrade your technology infrastructure, or streamline your operations, this comprehensive list of free and discounted resources for US nonprofits is tailored to meet your needs. From email marketing to social media management, from Microsoft Office 365 to Google for Nonprofits, these resources will help you maximize your impact without exceeding your budget. We'll mark the discounts available to nonprofits outside the US with (international) next to the name of the service.

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Technology and Software

  • Microsoft Office 365: Nonprofits can get discounted or free access to Microsoft Office 365 for email, document sharing, and more.
  • Google for Nonprofits (international): Google offers a suite of products, including G Suite for Nonprofits and Google Ad Grants for nonprofits at no cost or at a discounted rate.
  • (international): offers various discounts on Salesforce products and services for nonprofits in various countries, helping organizations manage their relationships and operations more effectively.
  • Notion: get 50% off Notion's Plus Plan.
  • Asana: say goodbye to chaos and hello to productivity with Asana Business. Effortlessly manage tasks and enhance team coordination at a 50% discount.
  • Trello: Embrace seamless project management, task coordination, and collaboration at 75% off list price for Trello Standard/Premium/Enterprise.
  • Slack: The Slack for Nonprofits program offers free or discounted plan upgrades to eligible organizations. Apply here.
    • Pro Plan: Slack offers workspaces with 250 or fewer members a free upgrade, and an 85% discount for workspaces above that size.
    • Business+ Plan: Slack offers workspaces of any size an 85% discount.
  • Team Management: A robust tool for team management that's set up for nonprofit growth. The two plans discounted for nonprofits:  
    • Nonprofit Plan: 10 first seats for free, and a 70% discount per seat from the 11th seat.
    • Enterprise Plan: 33% discount per user.**
  • TechSoup (international): offers technology donations and discounts to nonprofits in over 200 countries and territories around the world. They partner with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and Cisco to provide discounted software and hardware to eligible organizations.

Website and Cloud Storage

Free AI Tools

  • Google's Gemini AI tool - basic version is free
  • OpenAI's ChatGPT 3.5 is free
  • Anthropic's Claude has a free version

Email Marketing and Content Marketing

  • Mailchimp: offers a 15% discount to verified nonprofit organizations and charities.
  • Constant Contact: a nonprofit organization can receive a 20% discount off their standard pricing when prepaying for 6 months or a 30% discount when prepaying for 12 months. 
  • Canva for Nonprofits: Design like a pro with a free Canva Pro subscription; apply here. Create eye-catching graphics and share-worthy social media posts that make your nonprofit shine.
  • Miro for Nonprofits: Miro is a versatile online whiteboard platform that enables nonprofits to collaborate, brainstorm, and visualize ideas in real-time. Nonprofit organizations get a 30% discount on paid Miro plans to support the important work they're doing.
  • Grammarly: free plan includes free access to critical grammar and spelling suggestions, our tone detector, generative AI, and correctness and clarity writing dimensions in the Grammarly Editor
  • Hubspot for Nonprofits: save 40% on the tool that scales your marketing, boosts SEO, simplifies reporting, and engages core audiences—all in one place.

Operations, Legal and Financial Services

  • Zoom: 50% product nonprofit discount, apply through TechSoup.
  • Legal Assistance:
    • The Taproot Foundation offers pro bono legal services for nonprofits in need of legal advice.
    • Docusign: Manage your documents with ease with a 30% discount.
  • Accounting Software: QuickBooks for Nonprofits and Xero for Nonprofits (get 25% off Xero) offer discounted or free accounting software for nonprofits to manage their finances efficiently.
  • Office Supplies: Staples for Nonprofits offers discounts on office supplies for nonprofit organizations.
  • Local Businesses Are A Resource: Many local businesses, such as office supply stores, software companies, and service providers, offer discounts or donations to nonprofits in their communities. It's worth reaching out to businesses in your area to see if they have any special offers for nonprofits.
  • Big businesses provide nonprofit grants:
    • Walmart's Spark Good Local Grants. Each year, Walmart U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and Distribution Centers award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. Deadlines for submissions: March 1 – July 15; Aug. 1 – Oct. 15; Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.
  • donut (international): no platform free until October 1st, 2024 - sign up here to make the most out of the no-fee period. Never lose touch with donors and grow a community with long-lasting relationships.

Education and Training

  • Nonprofit Webinars and Workshops:
    • Organizations like Nonprofit Tech for Good and Nonprofit Marketing Guide offer free or low-cost webinars and workshops on various nonprofit topics.
    • Nonprofit Learning Lab: The Nonprofit Learning Lab offers a variety of webinars, workshops, and training resources on topics such as fundraising, board development, and program management.
    • NonprofitReady: NonprofitReady provides free online courses, webinars, and resources on topics ranging from fundraising to leadership development for nonprofit professionals.
    • Nonprofit Hub: Nonprofit Hub offers a library of on-demand webinars and resources covering a wide range of nonprofit topics, including marketing, fundraising, and leadership development.
  • Online Learning Platforms:
    • Coursera Social Impact promotes global social equity and economic opportunity by giving communities in need access to the transformational power of learning.
    • LinkedIn for Nonprofits is a helpful hub full of resources for nonprofit professionals.