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 purpose of this page is to promote as many nonprofit discounts as possible to help organizations save money. Unlike most other recommendations on this site for hosting, plugins, and themes, some services on this page haven’t been as carefully vetted beyond confirmation of the discount.

Free Tech & WordPress for Nonprofits

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 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 or one of their add-ons (including event importing, public event submission, and ticket sales). The free nonprofit license does not include support.[Sadly, this free license has discontinued. It sounds like if you ask nicely you may be able to get some help.]

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. [Sadly, this free license has been discontinued.]

We don’t have experience with it, but 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

Free nonprofit hosting isn’t always fantastic. Consider one of the Nonprofit WP recommended hosts costing as little as $4 per month for introductory pricing.

Dreamhost gives a free “shared” hosting account for nonprofits. Follow those instructions closely as the setup is a little strange. They also offer a 35% discount for their significantly better WordPress-specific hosting.

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.

The popular chat service Slack offers free “workspaces” for 501(c)(3)’s with up to 250 users. For larger organizations, they offer major discounts.

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!

Hosting Discounts

The DreamPress hosting from Dreamhost, specifically for WordPress, is significantly better than standard “shared” Dreamhost hosting (free for nonprofits) and gives a 35% discount to all nonprofits.

Flywheel hosting offers a 20% discount for nonprofits.

Kinsta, a WordPress-specific host, offers a 15% discount to nonprofits on all hosting plans.

WordPress Plugin Discounts for Nonprofits

Gravity Forms is a best-in-class form-builder plugin with a wide-array of useful add-ons for connecting PayPal, Stripe, MailChimp, and almost any other service via Zapier (see below for a Zapier discount!). Lucky for you, they offer a Gravity Forms nonprofit discount!

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.

The Polldaddy service for forms and polls offers 10% off Polldaddy subscriptions for nonprofits and education institutions.


In general, every discount-tech-for-nonprofits list must start with TechSoup which offers dozens of desktop software programs from Adobe, Microsoft, Cisco, and more as well as hardware (laptops, routers, projectors, etc.) at a discount for qualified nonprofits.

Other Nonprofit Tech Discounts

MailChimp is my email newsletter service of choice and they offer a 15% discount for nonprofits and also a combinable offer of a 10% discount for enabling the “two-factor authentication” security service.

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

Zapier, a useful service for automating web processes—such as connecting WordPress to Salesforce—offers a 15% discount for 501(c)(3)s.

The popular social media management tool Buffer offers a 50% discount for 501(c)(3)s.