27 Free Resources For Nonprofit Fundraising + More!

Nov 29, 2017


We rounded up 27 free resources that you can use to power through any fundraising campaign. From social media to graphic design to public relations, this list covers it all!


Let’s start with some free social media tools.

1. Canva

How it works: Create beautiful, branded memes for social media, for free, with Canva. You can also make posters, signs, or other branded materials for your nonprofit. Learn more.

2. Tweetdeck

How it works: Manage multiple Twitter accounts, track hashtags, organize lists, respond to notifications, schedule tweets, and more. Learn more.

3. Hootsuite

How it works: Manage all your social media accounts from a single dashboard. With Hootsuite’s free plan, one user can pre-schedule social media messages for up to three accounts. Learn more.

4. Later

How it works: Schedule Instagram posts ahead of time. Learn more.

5. ThunderClap

How it works: Get your supporters to “pledge” their social network to your campaign. This is a great way to amplify your message or year-end campaign launch. Learn more.

6. Hashtags.org

How it works: Track hashtags to see which are the most popular and relevant to your audience. Learn more.

These Freebies will help with writing and public relations!

7. Grammarly

How it works: A Google Chrome extension that checks your grammar and spelling anywhere you type on the Internet. Learn more.

8. Headline Analyzer

How it works: Write better headlines for your website that drive traffic, shares, and search results. Learn more.

9. Hunter

How it works: Find email addresses for journalists you want to reach. Learn more.

10. Sample Press Advisory

How it works: Learn how to write a press advisory to alert the local media about your year-end fundraising campaign. GlobalGiving has basically written one for you! Learn more.

Keep your head straight with FREE TIME MANAGEMENT TOOLS.

11. Trello

How it works: Helps you get organized, make to-do lists, track progress, and set deadlines. “The best list-making tool around! I can’t live without Trello and use it everyday,” says Acacia, GlobalGiving’s amazing Senior Graphic Designer. Learn more.

12. Pomodoro Timers

How it works: It’s been proven that the best way to focus and get tasks done is by working in 25-minute chunks, with 5-minute breaks in between (this is called the Pomodoro Method). Tomato timer apps and sites help stay focused and work your way through tasks efficiently. Learn more.

13. Headspace

How it works: “Meditation made simple.” This app is great for when you feel overwhelmed and need to re-center. Bite-sized meditations for busy schedules. Hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress to sleep. Learn more.

14. Slack

How it works: Create a virtual workspace for your team with Slack. You can message co-workers, build communication hubs for projects, share files, and store messages. Learn more.

And Make beautiful things with these FREE GRAPHIC DESIGN TOOLS!

15. Aviary

How it works: A tool by Adobe that allows you to adjust, edit, and crop photos within your browser very quickly. Learn more.

16. IconFinder

How it works: A site full of free (and paid) icons. You can search for any kind of icon you need, and download it in different file types. Learn more.

17. Font Squirrel

How it works: Find hundreds of free fonts to spice up your marketing. Learn more.

18. Hubspot Infographic Templates

How it works: Download a pack of infographic templates from Hubspot. You’ll get a 11 templates you can customize in PowerPoint or Adobe Illustrator. Learn more.

Before you quit this list, check out these FREE EMAIL TOOLS.

19. MailChimp

How it works: Create and send beautiful email campaigns with no coding experience required. MailChimp is free for users who have less than 2,000 email subscribers and send less 12,000 emails per month. Learn more.

20. Boomerang

How it works: Plugin for Gmail which makes it easier to manage your inbox and schedule helpful reminders, return emails for later, and stay on top of your to-do list. Learn more.

21. SenderScore

How it works: Planning to send fundraising emails from your organization’s email account? Make sure that your domain has a good reputation and that you’re not getting into spam folders by checking your SenderScore and looking for ways to improve your email deliverability. Learn more.

22. Evan’s Awesome A/B Testing Tools

How it works: Planning to run an A/B test to improve your website or fundraising calls-to-action? This great site takes the complexity out of statistics for you so that you can quickly see if your test is significant (chi-squared test) or how many people you’ll need (sample size). Learn more.

23. Sample Email Marketing Campaign

How it works: Download a super-simple, sample email fundraising campaign for nonprofits. You’ll get four, time-bound emails that you can customize to fit your campaign. Learn more.

Last but not least, here are a few free fundraising tools.

24. Paperless Post

How it works: Design beautiful email invites for any fundraiser, whether it’s a dinner party, film screening, bowl-a-thon, or something else. Learn more.

25. Imprint

How it works: Create a touching thank you video to thank you donors from your photographs, memes, or short videos. Learn more.

26. Digital Fundraising Strategy Worksheet

How it works: Learn how to develop a digital fundraising plan for your nonprofit that makes sense and gets results. You’ll find everything you need in GlobalGiving’s “Digital Fundraising Strategy Worksheet.” Learn more.

27. GlobalGiving Year-End Accelerator

How it works: Apply for a four-week, online training program that will lead you through your first crowdfunding campaign. Graduates secure a permanent place in the GlobalGiving community and are eligible for prizes. Learn more.

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