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The Best Software Discounts for Nonprofit Organizations

By Jamie Irish · December 8, 2017
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Running an organization isn’t cheap. With budget and personnel restrictions, it's often hard to get the latest technology approved or prioritized.

For nonprofit organizations who are doing the valuable work of improving society, we’re trying to change that, and we’re not alone. Zapier offers a 15% discount to help nonprofits build automated workflows between apps so they can save time and resources. Our goal is to pay it forward, and many of our partners feel the same way.

These 13 companies offer great discount programs for nonprofits, so that your organization can stay on the cutting edge without breaking the bank.

Are you a nonprofit interested in our discount? Learn more and apply to get your 15% discount!

Create and Collaborate with G Suite

Free for non-profits

Google for Nonprofits

G Suite gives you the business versions of all your favorite Google apps, as well as email addresses that use your organization’s .com or other domain address (vs the standard @gmail). For your organization’s IT admins, G Suite comes with some extra G Suite sharing and management tools to help your team work together better and keep your data secure.

As part of their Google for Nonprofits program, Google offers G Suite free to verified nonprofits. This program also offers promotional and fundraising tools:

  • Google Ad Grants gives nonprofits $10,000 in Google AdWords credits every month, to help raise awareness.

  • YouTube Nonprofit Program offers nonprofits exclusive advertising tools to drive donations within YouTube’s platform.

  • Google One Today is Google’s proprietary fundraising platform that corresponds to their One Today mobile app. The app enables people to support causes they care about with just a few taps and with as little as $1—magnifying the impact of small donors.

  • Google Earth Outreach is a fun, visual tool that helps you inspire your community by bringing your organization’s story to life with custom maps and location information.

To be eligible for the Google for Nonprofits program, including free G Suite, you must be registered with your local TechSoup partner and be validated as a nonprofit organization.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: Free

  • See Google integrations on Zapier for , Sheets, , Gmail, and Drive

Learn how to set up, administor, and collaborate in a new G Suite account for your team with Zapier's free eBook, The Ultimate Guide to G Suite. Be sure to download a copy before signing your non-profit up for a G Suite account!

Save Time on Social Media with Buffer

50% discount on paid plans

Buffer for Nonprofits

Buffer connects to all of your social media accounts, for an easy way to compose and schedule posts. Rather than logging into Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ every day, simply log into Buffer once and let it post for you on a schedule that you define. (Don’t want to choose your own times? Take advantage of Buffer’s Optimal Scheduling tool!)

For the small nonprofit staff strapped for time or the volunteer who’s trying to manage social media in their spare time, Buffer is a lifesaver. The app's simple interface makes it easy for even the non-tech-savvy to get started, while their more advanced features offer plenty of analytics and tools for the more seasoned social media manager.

The best part? Buffer is giving back to society by offering a hefty discount for nonprofits on all their paid plans.

To apply for this discount, send your 501c3 (or your country’s equivalent) to verify your nonprofit status to hello@bufferapp.com.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 50% off all paid plans

  • See : Buffer your Wordpress posts, Buffer new items in an RSS feed, Buffer new tagged Pocket items, and more

Update Followers and Attract Donors with MailChimp

15% discount for nonprofits & charities

MailChimp for Nonprofits

MailChimp is email marketing made simple. What started as just another way to send email newsletters has grown into an app with 6 million users that collectively send over 10 billion emails each month.

Choose from dozens of beautiful templates, or create your own designs. Send emails automatically from an RSS feed. Trigger an automated email or email series to based on goals and events like new subscribers or customers. Then, track all your email marketing efforts with the easy visuals of MailChimp’s analytics.

If you want a comprehensive email marketing app that doesn’t have a steep learning curve, you probably want MailChimp. And MailChimp wants to make that easy for you. They’re offering a 15% discount on their paid plans to help your nonprofit or charity create awesome emails without breaking the bank.

Request your discount: sign up for a MailChimp account, then contact their Billing team with your account username and a link to your organization's website.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 15% discount on paid plans for nonprofits & charities

  • See : Create MailChimp subscribers from Typeform entries, subscribe new Facebook Lead Ads leads to a MailChimp list, create or update HubSpot contacts from new MailChimp subscribers, and more

Organize Volunteers, Followers, and Donors in Salesforce

10 free licenses; 76% off additional licenses

Salesforce for Nonprofits

Salesforce is one of the most powerful and popular customer relationship marketing (CRM) tools out there today—and with good reason. In Salesforce, you’ll get detailed analytics with customizable reports on anything you want to keep tabs on, along with forecasting that’ll help you plan the future of your organization based on recent donations and growth. There are customizable permissions and workflows, marketing automation to help you pick out the best leads automatically, and special consoles and dashboards for each of the different parts of your team so everyone can work the way that makes the most sense to them. And that’s only scratching the surface.

Salesforce’s Power of Us program was built to pay it forward, offering Salesforce’s full features for free for up to 10 enterprise user licenses. That’s $15,000 worth of Salesforce service for free.

To join the Power of Us program, first read through the eligibility guidelines for your country. Then, apply online.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 10 free licenses, discounted training & support, 76% off additional licenses.

  • See : Get Slack messages for new Salesforce opportunities, save all new Wufoo entries as leads in Salesforce, add new Facebook Lead Ads leads to Salesforce, and more

Produce Great Fundraising Events with Eventbrite

Transaction fee discounted by 20%

Eventbrite for Nonprofits

No one app can handle everything for your next event, but Eventbrite at least makes sure the marketing and attendee management is taken care of, so you can focus on the event itself.

Eventbrite is a feature-rich event organization tool that can adapt to almost any specialization you need. You can add a waitlist to events to consider opening up more seats, create paid events complete with coupon codes and VIP access, manage seating for your attendees, make name badges, and much more. You can also automatically send emails to all your registrants whenever you want.

Eventbrite is one of the go-to softwares for event organization, which makes it popular with many nonprofits. If you’re hosting a free event, Eventbrite’s full suite of features is available completely free. For paid events (such as a fundraising gala), Eventbrite offers a reduced service fee of 2.0% + $0.99 per ticket sold (compared to 2.5% + $0.99). They do offer tools that allow you to pass this service fee to the buyer, however—a cost most nonprofit supporters would be willing to pay.

Eventbrite also offers some great fundraising ideas for non-profits to help you get going.

To get your discount, you’ll need a copy of your 501(c)(3) form. Send this to Eventbrite via email at nonprofit@eventbrite.com or via fax at 1-888-855-2521. Make sure you include your Eventbrite account email (create a new account if you don’t already have one) and your phone number.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: service fee of 2.0% + $0.99 (a 20% discount)

  • See : Connect Eventbrite to Google Sheets, Salesforce, MailChimp, and more

Accept Friction-Free Donations via PayPal

Transaction fee discounted by 24%

PayPal for Nonprofits

PayPal has become a primary way for consumers to make online payments over the last decade. Users love having a safe, simple way to pay online; businesses love the friction-free transactions that PayPal offers. To give back a little love, PayPal is making it easier for nonprofits to raise funds and accept donations through PayPal.

With reduced transaction fees, no monthly fees, and a library of resources for nonprofits, PayPal is making it easy for nonprofits to start fundraising on the web’s most popular online payment system.

To get started, just apply to become a PayPal Confirmed Charity.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction (a 24% discount) .

  • See PayPal integrations on Zapier. Get notifications for new sales in Slack, add new rows in Google Sheets for new PayPal sales, thank PayPal buyers via automatic emails, and more

Manage All Your Tasks with Todoist

50% off Business plan

Todoist discount for nonprofit organizations

Boasting millions of users who are managing millions of tasks with their app, Todoist is one of the leading task management apps. It's easy to see why—Todoist is all about making it as efficient as possible for you to add, organize, and manage your tasks, either as an individual or as a team. The Todoist Business plan takes the team collaboration up a notch, helping teams to stay on track with additional project and collaboration tools, while still maintaining its ease of use.

With the hope of making life and business easier for nonprofits, Todoist is cutting the cost of Todoist in half to make it easier for you to organize your nonprofit and equip your team to tackle the world's problems more efficiently.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 50% off Todoist Business plan

  • See Todoist integrations on Zapier: Add starred Slack messages as tasks in Todoist, create Todoist tasks from Evernote reminders, add new Google Calendar events as tasks, and more

Communicate Efficiently with Twist

50% off Twist Unlimited

Nonprofit discount on Twist team chat app

Team chat can be more efficient than email—but it's also a lot more distracting. And when you're already dealing with a small team and limited resources, those distractions can really create a problem. Twist is a team chat app that's designed to be more productive and less distracting. It does that by removing chat.

Instead of the urgency of chats, Twist facilitates team communication via threads. To start a thread, you must set a topic, choose who to notify, and enter your first message. From there, everything is comments. The benefits? Not only do your communication archives stay well-organized, but your teammates are able to communicate within the context of the conversation, without jumping between multiple conversations and topics in one channel.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 50% off Twist Unlimited plan

  • See Twist integrations on Zapier: Add new Google Sheets rows as comments, post new RSS feed items to Twist, add new Typeform entries to Twist, and more

Find Top Staff and Volunteer Talent with LinkedIn

90% off for job postings

LinkedIn for Nonprofits

To make the biggest impact in your community, you need skilled, hardworking staff and volunteers. LinkedIn for Nonprofits wants to support your mission by helping you employ the best people possible. According to the company, 76% of LinkedIn members are interested in working at a nonprofit.

That’s why LinkedIn makes it possible for nonprofits to post volunteer and employment opportunities at barely a fraction of what it costs businesses to do the same.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 90% discount on job postings

  • See : Post new Eventbrite events to LinkedIn, share new blog posts on LinkedIn, share Facebook Pages posts to LinkedIn, and more

Share Knowledge and Connect Your Team with Evernote Business

75% discount on Evernote Business

Evernote Business for Nonprofits

Evernote Business is the workplace version of Evernote, the popular note-taking application that allows you to capture ideas, images, contacts, webpages, and anything else you want to remember. The Business version of Evernote centralizes documents, conversations, meeting or call notes, and more, all in one easily accessible hub.

Evernote Business has all of the features of the personal version, then additionally lets you share and discover team knowledge in shared notebooks and workspaces. Employees are given access to the Business Home, the central hub of your organization’s information. Here, users can see all their business notes, as well as notes shared by coworkers or those shared company wide. They can browse and join notebooks that are relevant to them, view coworker’s profiles, and see any recent activity.

For non-governmental nonprofits and educational institutions, Evernote offers a discounted version of Evernote Business, so you can keep your team in sync without breaking the bank.

To get your discount, create an Evernote Business account, invite 4 or more users, then reach out to Evernote’s support with the information listed here. Once eligibility has been confirmed, they’ll apply the discount retroactively to your first payment.

  • Nonprofit Discount Pricing: 75% discount on Evernote Business for teams of 5 users or more

  • See Evernote Business integrations on Zapier: Add new Trello cards to Evernote Business, add new Google Calendar events to Evernote, create Evernote notes from new Gmail, and more

Run Your Business in the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

$2,000 in AWS credits

Amazon Web Services for Nonprofits

Tens of thousands of nonprofits and not-for-profit non-governmental organizations worldwide have flocked to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the comprehensive suite of tools that allows organizations to build scaleable websites, host core systems, and manage donor outreach and fundraising.

It’s little wonder, either—Amazon’s powerful, secure cloud services saves organizations thousands of dollars on the physical infrastructure necessary for computing power, database storage, content delivery, and other key functions.

Amazon Web Services has two free tiers—a 12-month plan and an always-free plan—that may prove sufficient for smaller organizations. They also offer "NPO Office Hours" on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 2:00pm Eastern to answer questions and offer ideas.

Through Amazon’s partnership with TechSoup, you can get a grant for $2,000 in credits for AWS to help you get started.

Increase Conversion Rate with Visual Website Optimizer

50% off any VWO plan

Visual Website Optimizer for Nonprofits

If you want to increase your conversion rate (volunteer applications, donations, newsletter subscriptions), regular A/B testing and optimization is a must. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive. Hiring an expert, even a consultant, is beyond the budget of most nonprofits.

Visual Website Optimizer is doing things a little differently. Their conversion optimization platform makes it easy and intuitive to A/B test and optimize your web pages—with minimal IT help. Rich features like comprehensive analytics, clickmaps, and heatmaps give you deep user experience information, while the visual editor lets you tweak and test site optimizations with very little tech know-how.

With their intuitive tools and 50% discount, Visual Website Optimizer is lowering the bar to create attractive, optimized websites for nonprofits.

To get this discount, shoot an email info@wingify.com and ask for a discount on your preferred plan. Verification will be required.

Run Your Business with Zoho

Special pricing for nonprofits

Zoho for Nonprofits

The Zoho app family features dozens of apps ranging from sales and marketing tools to finance tools to helpdesk software to recruiting tools. Their goal is to bring together a wide range of apps in order to simplify the process of doing business while dramatically reducing the cost.

Many of Zoho’s products have great free plans, but they also offer special pricing to nonprofits (although their site does not list specific discount rates for every app.)

To get your discount, email sales@zohocorp.com to start the conversation.

Check out our Zoho integrations:

Organize Anything with Your Team in Airtable

50% off Plus or Pro licenses

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Airtable is a powerful database web app that's as easy to work with as a spreadsheet, so you can organize anything—from project timelines to content calendars to user research and beyond. With filtering, sorting, and multiple views (such as a calendar, gallery, and Kanban view), you can get to just the data you need quickly. And it's a collaborative app as well, so multiple people can edit or comment in real time.

If you're a nonprofit organization, you can get a 50% discount on Airtable's Plus or Pro licenses, which offer more records, larger attachment sizes, and more revision history storage, plus other features for the Pro license.

To get this nonprofit discount, fill out this short form with details about your organization, and Airtable will get back to you within 3-5 business days. The company asks for a review of Airtable in exchange for the paid license discount.

Disappointed that your favorite app wasn’t listed? While many apps don’t offer nonprofit discounts, you may be able to find the software discounts you want at TechSoup, a global network dedicated to helping nonprofits make a bigger impact through technology. Companies like Adobe, Intuit, and Microsoft donate software licenses to TechSoup, which are then made available to member organizations.

Want to learn how you can use all these great apps to save time and money? Read these Zapier strategies for nonprofits and learn 14 ways to do more on a limited budget.

Editor's Note: This post was updated January 2018 to reflect new discounts. We will continue to update occasionally as we come across more great discounts for nonprofits.

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