Software for charities - how to get it discounted or free

Free software for charities

There’s nothing we all love more than free charity software! This is a list of great software applications that offer their systems either free or at a discount to charities and nonprofits. We strive to keep it up to date but let us know if you see anything that’s out of date!


Google Suite for admin

Google Suite is a full range of cloud-based productivity tools including email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. This is all available totally free to charities.

Read about how to apply


Google Adwords Grants

AdGrants give charities the chance to advertise for free, up to a limit of $10,000 per month (around £6,200).

Read about how to apply


Microsoft 365 for admin

Office 365 is not entirely free software for charities, but it is significantly discounted.

Read about how to apply


Adobe for design

Adobe offer a range of cloud-based and desk-based design software that can be useful for charities wanting to do design work in-house. Through TT exchange you can get discounts of up to 60%.

More about Adobe discounts


Xero for accounting

Xero is the leading cloud-based provider of accounting software that has challenged the previous big players. It has seen huge growth by being much earlier to fully embrace the benefits of cloud-based software when incumbent systems like Sage and Quickbooks lagged behind and still focused on software that had to be installed locally. Xero offers non-profit organisations a 25% discount on their already low prices. 

More about Xero discounts


Shopify for an online shop

As we discussed in our post on how to run an online charity shop, Shopify is a very quick way to get up and running. You can embed an online shop into your existing website by copying and pasting a few lines of code. Shopify is not free for charities but you can get a decent discount through the Technology Trust.

More about Shopify


Free websites

Getting a new website used to be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. It doesn't need to be like that anymore and there are a number of options that allow you to get a great website for your charity without any setup fees at all.

More about free websites


Free databases

There are also lots of great charity database solutions available, some of which offer free introductory plans for charities. As a charity you probably need a database that has been built for charities, so no good system is going to stay free forever. But there are some that are free or very cheap as you get started. In fact, most databases price based on how many contacts you have so the cost will increase as you grow.

More about charity databases


Free website hosting

This is not technically free software but if you have a piece of open-source software and you need to sort out your own hosting arrangements then there are a number of providers who offer free hosting for charities

More about free hosting

Date: 
15 January 2018
Owen Roseblade