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6 Best Free Fundraising Software for Nonprofits

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Fundraising software helps nonprofits increase donations for their campaigns.

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A business model that relies on the kindness of others can be a difficult one to manage. But that’s the model that all nonprofits swear to. Finding donors that care about the cause you represent is challenging, and even when you do find them, building trust and facilitating donations is another obstacle you need to overcome.

Fortunately, fundraising software for nonprofits can help you overcome the specific challenges associated with fundraising. These solutions help you form better donor relationships, resulting in more visibility for your nonprofit organization and increased donations for your campaigns.

Additionally, free fundraising software tools do not burn a hole in your pocket, which, to be honest, is a blessing for nonprofits. This article highlights the six best free fundraising software for nonprofits, listed alphabetically.

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Auctria: Host live virtual events

Auctria is a fundraising platform and auctioning software tool built for nonprofits and small businesses. The software helps you host live and virtual events, handle ticket sales, and facilitate purchases and donations through its portal.

Auctria provides an online platform you can use to manage donors. The software helps track the entire donation process and can organize donors by donation size, location, and payment type.

The software also helps you create a robust website to facilitate virtual fundraising. Additionally, you can market your donation campaigns on social media with the help of integrations with the Auctria platform.

Auctria offers email and live chat support. The tool is web-based and also has a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices.

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Key Features:

  • Absentee bidding
  • Auction management
  • Billing and invoicing
  • Contribution tracking
  • Donor management
  • Inventory management
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BiddingOwl: Ticketing and event management

BiddingOwl is an online fundraising software tool for nonprofits. With the software, you can create your website and start an online fundraising event.

BiddingOwl helps you manage tickets for paid events and offers a donor leaderboard to keep track of donors with the highest contributions. The software also integrates with multiple third-party payment processing software tools to simplify payments.

The software also features mobile bidding and donations to help you facilitate online fundraising programs.

BiddingOwl features phone, email, and live chat support. The tool is web-based.

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Key Features:

  • Auction management
  • Bid management
  • Billing and invoicing
  • Contribution tracking
  • Donor management
  • Event management
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Ticketing dashboard in BiddingOwl
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Bloomerang: Donor tracking

Bloomerang is a donor engagement, tracking, and fundraising tool that helps increase donor retention and boost revenue for your nonprofit.

The tool helps you create online giving forms that you can embed on your nonprofit website. Additionally, all the form responses are automatically captured and stored in a donor database.

Bloomerang also helps you create and schedule email newsletters and then provides analytics to understand the impact of your marketing campaigns. With the engagement meter, you can assess the engagement level of donors based on location and past interactions with your organization.

The tool also helps you monitor your organization’s social media presence and match online posts to donors in your database. It also identifies potential donors that mention you online so you can approach them.

Bloomerang offers chat, phone, and email support. The tool is web-based and also has a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices.

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Key Features:

  • Alumni management
  • Campaign management
  • Contact management
  • Contribution tracking
  • CRM
  • Email marketing
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Dashboard for donation management in Bloomerang
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Funraise: CRM and social media integrations

Funraise is a digital fundraising and donor engagement platform for nonprofit organizations. The tool offers a single platform for fundraising management and CRM.

With Funraise, you can create a donation form on your website to simplify online donation collection and even create crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising websites from scratch. With peer-to-peer fundraising, you can set goals for your existing donors and encourage them to fundraise on your behalf on social media.

Additionally, you can also reach out to donors on their preferred social media platforms.

As a Funraise user, you can host virtual events such as a Livestream fundraising campaign to increase revenue and capture new donor leads online.

Funraise offers chat, phone, and email support. The tool is web-based and also has a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices.

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Key Features:

  • Campaign management
  • Contact management
  • Contribution tracking
  • CRM
  • Donation tracking
  • Email marketing
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
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Task list for tracking donor interactions in Funraise
5

Springly: Simple and secure data migration

Springly is all-in-one membership and donor management software for clubs, nonprofit organizations, and associations. The donation platform helps you with donor management, communications, and event management.

The donation software helps you create customized donation campaigns for your nonprofit that get integrated into your website. Additionally, you can import an existing donor database to Springly, manually add contacts, and even invite donors to update their profiles.

With Springly, you can segment your donors based on their donation history and send them personalized or mass messages for your next campaign.

The tool also offers a secure online payment platform you can use to record and receive donations in various payment methods such as cash, check, bank transfer, or online payment.

Springly offers email, phone, and live chat support. The tool is web-based.

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Key Features:

  • Alumni management
  • Campaign management
  • Contact management
  • Donation tracking
  • Donor management
  • Email marketing
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Free Trial
Free Version
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Donor profile in Springly
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Wild Apricot: Gives donors access to their profiles

Wild Apricot is a membership, donor management, and online fundraising platform designed for nonprofit organizations. You can use Wild Apricot to manage your contacts, process payments, and register event attendees.

The tool allows you to create a website with an automated application form for conducting donation drives and increasing the number of donors for your nonprofit.

Additionally, you can use Wild Apricot to create a contact database that allows you to view records of each donor instantly and send them personalized messages.

The software also integrates with multiple third-party payment processing tools to provide a secure payment process for your donors. A member portal gives your donors access to their profiles and allows them to contribute to your campaigns directly from your website.

Wild Apricot offers email, phone, and live chat support. The tool is web-based and also has a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices.

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Key Features:

  • Application management
  • Chapter management
  • Donation management
  • Donor tracking
  • Email marketing
  • Fundraising management
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Membership Directory: Set up searchable online member directories to help your members connect with each other in a directory that is always up to date.
Website builder in Wild Apricot
Read our fundraising software buyers guide to understand the benefits and common features of these tools.

How to choose the right free fundraising software for your nonprofit organization

The right fundraising software not only helps to increase your revenue but also helps you understand your donors better and helps you provide better donor care to them. Keep these considerations in mind in order to choose the right free fundraising software for your organization:

  • Choose a tool that doesn’t charge an additional platform fee: Most free fundraising software solutions have a payment processing fee on each donor transaction. However, some tools charge an additional platform fee as well. When selecting a free tool, make sure you choose one that doesn’t charge you an additional platform fee beyond the regular processing fee on donor transactions.
  • Assess the security parameters that the free tool has in place: Not only does your donor database store personal details, it also contains payment information for each donor. Therefore, before selecting a free tool, assess whether it provides security features such as two-factor authentication and controlled access for admins to protect donor data.
  • Choose a fundraising software built specifically for nonprofits: Nonprofit organizations have specific needs such as comprehensive donor profiles with user-defined fields and offline donation tracking and processing. When selecting a tool, pick one that suits your requirements and is specifically designed for nonprofits.

Common questions to ask while selecting free fundraising software for nonprofits

Here are some key questions to ask software providers before making a final purchase:

  • What kind of limitations does the free software have? Free fundraising software tools often limit the number of donors and even the donation amount you can manage within the tool. Additionally, a free tool might limit the number of users that can access it. Make sure to ask vendors about the kind of limitations present in the free tool.
  • Does the tool integrate with my existing tech stack? An ideal fundraising software should easily integrate with your current tech tools such as payment processing, nonprofit CRM, or accounting software, and seamlessly share customer data.
  • Does the unpaid version of the software offer tracking, reporting, and analysis? As a user, you should be able to view donor information, keep track of ongoing donation campaigns, assess the performance of each donation drive, and create reports that highlight the impact. Before selecting a tool, ask vendors whether such a feature is part of the free plan or limited to the paid version.

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About the Author

Ashish Upadhyay

Ashish Upadhyay

Writer @ Capterra, helping digital Davids beat Goliaths. I cover small business trends in CRM, accounting, real estate, insurtech, and emerging tech. B.A English, University of Delhi. Currently pursuing my master’s in English Literature. When I’m not working, I’m planning my next trek, playing video games, or working out.

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Comment by Jennie Freedman on

@Karen and @Jess you can try Causemo Insights. You can view all of your donors and giving over time and filter by geography, demographic, giving range and more. It’s free to sign up too. insights.causemo.com/register

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Comment by Jess on

Karen, I am looking for something similar. It would be great if you could share the results of your research.
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Comment by Karen K on

I am looking for very simple software that will track financial donations made to a non-profit mission and can also do mailings (for receipts, etc.). Can you help? Thanks.

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