Free Stuff for Nonprofit WordPress Websites

There are lots of tech companies that recognize that money saved by a nonprofit goes back into its mission. This page lists useful website, tech, and WordPress nonprofit discounts. If you know of one that’s not listed here, please let me know!

The requirements for nonprofits to qualify for these discounts vary. Some may require US 501(c)(3) status, while others may be more flexible.

Free Tech & WordPress for Nonprofits

Free WordPress Plugins for Nonprofits

The Events Calendar is my go-to event plugin and they offer a free license for nonprofits for their PRO version and all add-ons (including Facebook Event importer, public event submission, and ticket sales). The free nonprofit license does not include support.

WPML (WordPress Multi-language) is one of the industry-leading plugins for managing human-translated content with WordPress. They offer a free subscription for nonprofits.

We don’t have experience with it, but we hear the ShortPixel Image Optimizer plugin offers its services free to nonprofits if you contact them.

Free WordPress Themes for Nonprofits

Organic Themes gives away one license for their NonProfit Theme once a month through their Helping Hands program.

Free Web Hosting for Nonprofits

My experience with free nonprofit hosting is not fantastic. If you can afford to consider one of my recommended hosts, I’d encourage you use them. But if you really need to save, consider one of these free nonprofit hosting plans.

Dreamhost gives a free basic hosting account for nonprofits. Follow those instructions closely as the setup is a little strange.

Bluehost offers free hosting for Grassroots.org members.

Other Free-for-Nonprofits Tech

Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google App’s Google for Nonprofits both provide email and online productivity software (document editing, calendaring, etc.) for free to qualified nonprofits.

Nonprofits can also qualify for free search advertising with Google Grants.

Canva, a popular online tool for designing graphics, offers a free nonprofit subscription.

Discounted Tech & WordPress for Nonprofits

Not every company will give you their service or software for free, but there are others that do offer discounts!

WordPress Plugin Discounts for Nonprofits

I prefer The Events Calendar which is free for nonprofits (see above), but the well-regarded Event Espresso plugin also offers a discount for nonprofits on their first year.

I recommend Gravity Forms for forms—including Polls—but the Polldaddy service is another good one. They offer 10% off Polldaddy subscriptions for nonprofits and education institutions.

Other Nonprofit Tech Discounts

MailChimp is my email newsletter service of choice and they offer a 15% discount for nonprofits. I don’t know if you can combine these, but they also offer a different 10% discount for enabling the “two-factor authentication” security service.

Constant Contact (20-30%) and Vertical Response (15%) also offer discounts to qualified nonprofits.