As a nonprofit its sometimes tough to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the tech world. We've put together 10 sites (in no particular order) every nonprofit should check out to help get you started:

image1. Google Grants

Straight from the mouth of Google: "Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. We support organizations sharing our philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts."

Its a great program but make sure you have someone who can help you optimize your ad program (shameless plug: like our team here at Bivings) so you can take full advantage.

image2. TechSoup

Techsoup is awesome: "TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. As part of that goal, we provide technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries."

Basically your organization can browse free or extremely reduced cost hardware and software that TechSoup has put together. This is great for any NPO, but especially for ones just getting of the ground.

image3. Salesforce Foundation

Here is one that I recently stumbled across that is pretty exciting. Most people know about Salesforce in the business world but it can be a hugely powerful tool for a nonprofit as well. The Salesforce Foundation offers up a donation of 10 enterprise licenses of their cloud based product for qualifying organizations and deeply reduced costs for those organization's needing more license seats. 

image4. YouTube for NonProfits

YouTube gives eligible NPOs some pretty nice tools including: Premium branding capabilities and increased uploading capacity, The option to drive fundraising through a Google Checkout "Donate" button, Listing on the Nonprofit channels and the Nonprofit videos pages, Ability to add a Call-to-action overlay on your videos to drive campaigns

If your organization has some content in the form of videos or is planning on creating it in the future, this is the way to go.

image5. Causecast

"Causecast's first mission was to give nonprofit organizations an effective and aesthetically-pleasing forum to promote their ideas, raise money and increase awareness on the internet. It slowly evolved into an inspired community of leaders and individuals, news and media, and tools used to take action like donating, volunteering, petition-signing and creating original content."

This is a great one to just browse around and learn. You can also apply to become one of Causecast's nonprofits and receive some great benefits as well.

image6. The Case Foundation

The mission says it all: "Our purpose is to expand giving, promote everyday philanthropy, deepen civic engagement, and broaden the use of new technologies to make giving more informed, efficient, and effective. We seek to do this while emphasizing the value of collaboration across all sectors, individual and organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship."

image7. Craigslist Foundation

"We're an operating foundation using our experience as a community connector to bring together nonprofit leaders, business, government, philanthropy and craigslist community members to take greater responsibility for where they live, play and work. "

Make sure to checkout the podcasts and blog. If you can make it, I hear their Bootcamp event is pretty amazing as well.

image8. Idealist

"Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

Idealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect. "

This is one of my favorites. Great job listings, events, blog, and resources for NPOs among many other things.

GuideStar9. Guidestar

Guidestar is a massive database of NPO information including overviews, financial statements, programs, board profiles and news. This is a great place to start building your NPO's donor reputation – put as much information as you can up on the site, your donors (and potential donors) will appreciate your transparency.

image10. Google Apps for NonProfits

Google apps is great – Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, etc. all modeled to work specifically for your organization. Even better is that Google gives it away free to qualifying organizations under 3,000 people and at a 40% discount to those over 3,000. Say goodbye to email hosting headaches and say hello to the simplicity of Google.


Here's one to look out for in the future from the co-founder of Facebook Chris Hughes. Jumo promises to "connect individuals and organizations working to change the world, Find issues and projects you care about, Follow the latest news and updates, and Support their work with your time, money, and skills." Certainly a tough task but they definitely look like they are on their way. 

Of course, these are just building blocks. There are countless other donations, helpful sites and resources out there just waiting for your NPO. The key is to keep searching for new ways to further your mission, believe in your cause and fight for what you, and your organization believe in.

Have more sites for NonProfits to share? We'd love to hear from you, drop us a line in the comments.