Software and Services for Nonprofits – Discounted Pricing!

nonprofit-productivityNonprofit organizations have access to numerous software applications and services, at greatly reduced or no cost. These include:

  • Software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) and Google Gsuite
  • Payment gateway transaction fees
  • Business email accounts, hosting, and management
  • Cloud storage accounts, with document sharing and synchronization
  • Accounting software (e.g. Quickbooks and Microsoft Office)
  • Customer and Donor Management Software
  • File backup services
  • Adwords credits
  • Password management services
  • … and the list goes on!

Most 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations are eligible for:

Office Productivity Suites

  • Microsoft for Nonprofits – get Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits (online access to Office) for free, or including Office for desktop at $2/month/user (includes Word, Excel, etc.). Also get free email accounts and management.
  • Google for Nonprofits – includes email accounts and management, Google Drive storage, Adwords credits, customized You Tube videos, donation support.

Payment Gateway Transaction fees

Software, Web Services, and Hardware Discounts

  • Tech Soup offers discounts on an extensive array of hardware and software, to qualifying nonprofits, including Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, and Zoom; 501(c)3 status required.
  • Mailchimp offers a 15% discount to nonprofits, and similarly for other email service providers (see the NonprofitWP link below for more info).
  • Gravity Forms offers discounted pricing for nonprofits.
  • Zapier, for connecting apps in the cloud, offers a free starter plan or a 15% discount on upgraded plans (starting around $18 per month); the upgrade is required for multi-step sequences, which are required for most zaps. An alternative is Integromat, which includes multi-step sequences in its free starter plan (but the number of integrations is fewer).
  • Shortpixel Image Optimizer offers free plans, according to NonprofitWP (see link below)
  • Canva, for media graphics, offers a free plan.
  • Buffer, for social media posting, offers 50% off on their plans.
  • Hootsuite, for social media posting, offers up to 50% discount on their plans.
  • Events Calendar Pro offers free personal licenses to nonprofits.
  • Hotjar, the fast and easy way to visualize user behavior on your website. Free plans for nonprofits.

Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Tools

  • Salesforce for Nonprofits is now available for free as their Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) running the lightning force version of Salesforce.

Cloud Storage and Document Sharing

  • Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Google Drive (see above)
  • Dropbox for Business offers discounts for nonprofits; they don’t specify the amount, but it appears to be around 30%, which reduces the current subscription of $12.50/mo/user to around $9/month/user (minimum, 5 users). (For general information about Dropbox, see Dropbox – File Synchronization on Multiple Computers.

Account and Password Management

Use password management services to store all of your passwords using a single master password. A variety of services are available, but Lastpass is commonly used and recommended if you wish to share passwords with another user (the passwords can be visible or hidden); you can also grant a third party emergency access. All of these features are useful for an orgaization.

  • Lastpass may offer a discounted rates to nonprofits, but you will need to contact them directly to inquire.

Computer Backup

  • Backup your computer!  For example, try Crashplan ($50 per year, unlimited storage)


Free Stuff for Nonprofits on the NonprofitWP website.

Please comment with additional options and opportunities for non-profits.

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