Free resources for nonprofits


    Running a nonprofit is not cheap. Your budget can quickly get out of hand between paying for staff, rent, and events. That’s why it’s crucial to find free resources for your nonprofit to save money. Here are some free resources for your nonprofit to try.

    Donations and event management

    Facebook Social Impact

    More than 480 million people worldwide are connected to a nonprofit page on Facebook. So if your nonprofit organization wants to connect with donors, it’s worth learning which Meta tools are available.

    Nonprofits can use Meta tools to connect with their supporters, fundraise, build and grow communities, raise awareness, share information, recruit volunteers and staff, serve beneficiaries, and celebrate success. The Social Impact of Meta can help nonprofit organizations achieve the highest success in social awareness, building and supporting communities.

    Meta Tools and Solutions

    Your nonprofit can use the Meta tools and solutions to impact significantly. Availability may depend on your location. 

    Check out the Facebook social impact website for more information.


    What is Zeffy?

    Zeffy is a free online fundraising software that helps you build your network of friends and family to raise money for the causes you care about. It can be used on any device with internet access, like smartphones or tablets (iOS & Android). It’s also available as a mobile app for Apple and Google devices.

    Main features:

    • Ticketing: When you purchase a ticket for $100, your nonprofit will get the full $100. With other platforms, you would get $97 or less.
    • Donations: Create custom donation forms quickly.
    • Peer-to-peer campaigns: Create collaborative fundraising landing pages.
    • Donor management: a built-in CRM to manage your donations and engage with your donors.
    • Volunteering: Create free volunteering opportunities for your NPO. Post your volunteering needs in minutes by filling out simple forms

    Visit Zeffy’s website to learn more about its features.


    Microsoft 365 Business Premium grant

    Microsoft has offers for nonprofit organizations, and to avail of this, organizations should register for the nonprofit offer, and their eligibility will be determined. The registration will be reviewed for up to seven days, and an email will be sent if approved. Once approved, the organization can access the Nonprofit Hub, which has collaboration and productivity tools for the nonprofit. 

    The Microsoft 365 Business Premium Grant

    The Microsoft 365 Business Premium Grant has applications for teamwork and communication, email and calendaring, file storage and sharing, security and compliance, business, threat protection, PC and mobile device management, plus web and mobile versions of office apps. It’s free for up to 10 users, and additional users will have to pay $5.50/per user per month. Software included: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams, Outlook, OneDrive and many more.

    Nonprofit Granted and Discounted Licenses

    Microsoft Nonprofit offers two types of licenses for eligible organizations:

    • The granted License is to be used by paid and unpaid executive staff.
    • Discounted Licenses can be used by all staff, volunteers, and even those temporary staff of the organization.

    Check out the Microsoft 365 resources for nonprofits page.

    Workplace for Good

    Besides all tools to help your nonprofit organization better communicate with its external audience, Meta offers Workplace for Good: a nonprofit version of the Facebook Workplace, a collaborative environment with chat, video, groups and more.


    What is Slack?

    It’s a collaboration app for teams and groups, like Skype or Google Hangouts. It has built-in integrations with other apps and services like Gmail, Salesforce, Trello, GitHub, Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, Facebook, and more.

    The best part of this tool is that you can create different channels inside your team’s Slack workspace. You can also invite people outside your organization to join these channels. In addition, you can share files, links, images, videos, voice notes, and more.

    Check out the Slack for nonprofit page for more information.

    Cloud infrastructure

    Microsoft Azure

    What is Microsoft Azure?

    Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Azure is one of the leading cloud computing platforms today and is used by many large organizations, including Microsoft. Azure offers various services, including virtual machines, storage, databases, and more.

    This is not a free offer per see but a USD 3,500 annual credit for eligible nonprofits.

    Know more about Microsoft Azure for nonprofits on their website.

    Data visualization

    Microsoft Power BI Desktop

    What is Microsoft Power BI desktop?

    Power BI Desktop is an application that allows you to create and share reports and dashboards directly from the Windows operating system. It’s a toolset for business intelligence (BI).

    Learn more about Power BI on their website.

    Looker Studio

    Looker Studio, formerly Google Data Studio, can transform your data from different connected resources to visually appealing and easy-to-understand dashboards. These dashboards can be shared with your team or anyone in the world in real-time. It has a lot of templates that you can choose so that you can easily and quickly visualize your data. In addition, it has an easy-to-use interface that you only have to drag and drop objects. Also, you can connect your data without coding.


    Zoho CRM

    What is Zoho CRM?

    Zoho CRM is a great way to manage your organization’s customer relationships. It allows you to track and manage your donor’s contact information and donation opportunities. It also provides valuable insights into your donor’s behaviour, so you can better serve their needs. Additionally, Zoho CRM integrates with other Zoho products, making it a powerful tool for managing your nonprofit’s operations.

    Zoho CRM is free for up to 3 users.

    Checkout the Zoho CRM pricing comparison


    What is salesforce for nonprofits, and how does it work?

    Salesforce is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) application that helps organizations manage their contacts, sales activities, and marketing campaigns more effectively. The Power of Us Program gets you your first ten subscriptions free.

    Visit the Salesforce for nonprofits webpage for more information.



    What is Canva?

    Canva is an online graphic design tool that allows you to create professional-looking graphics and images in minutes. It’s ideal for creating social media posts, blog headers, business cards, flyers, posters, banners, website backgrounds and more!

    You can even use it to create videos and animated GIFs. Just drag your photos or clip art into the canvas, add text using one of their pre-made fonts, then save it as an image file.

    Learn more at the Canva for Nonprofits page.



    What is Hotjar?

    Hotjar is a powerful tool that lets you see how visitors interact with your website. With Hotjar’s heatmaps, you can see where people are clicking, scrolling, and even mousing over. This gives you valuable insights into what people are interested in and how you can improve your website to meet their needs.

    Check out the Hotjar for nonprofits page for more details.


    We hope this article about free software for nonprofits was helpful. There are many free options for nonprofits, and we encourage you to check out the ones we mentioned in our article.
    Let us know which free tool you’re using for your nonprofit, so we update this list.

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