It’s not easy starting a nonprofit and getting it off the ground. And it takes a lot of tenacity to keep it going. While cutting corners is out of the question, streamlining and modernizing processes is not.

Take advantage of the digital age and consider using a few of these 20 essential apps to ensure your nonprofit has the best chance to thrive.

Nonprofit Support

More than anything, your nonprofit needs tools and resources that address the specific challenges of your sector. From donor database management to fundraising, consider some of these helpful tools to ensure your nonprofit succeeds. 


Keela is an all-in-one platform for email campaigns, project management, and online fundraising. With a price that won’t break the bank, Keela is a great solution for many small to medium-sized nonprofits looking to save money while still having access to a strong suite of management tools.


Donorbox makes it easier to collect donations on your website. Free setup and only a 1% platform fee for donations make it a good choice to consider when looking for ways to collect donations from your website.


CiviCRM is an open-source CRM software that allows donors to participate in peer-to-peer fundraising and stores contact information in a database. Not only that, but it can also integrate with popular content management systems like Drupal, WordPress, or Joomla. Since it’s open-source, you can customize CiviCRM to ensure it meets the unique needs of your organization.


Need expert help? Use Catchafire to connect with experienced professionals who can help move your nonprofit forward.

Multi-Purpose Apps

When running a nonprofit, every minute counts. You need tools that can help reduce your workflow and optimize your process. Explore these tools that can help you organize, present, track and automate so you can focus on the important work of your nonprofit.

G Suite

The G Suite gets you all the basics to keep your nonprofit running smoothly. Video chat in hangouts, send and receive emails, create presentation slides, write docs, build spreadsheets, store files, and more.


Need a way to organize all your notes? Use Evernote to keep track of your ideas. The basic version is a free way to get organized without putting pressure on the budget.


Zapier allows you to automate tasks and cut down on busywork. Enjoy a host of integrations with tools you already use.

Communication Apps

Communication is core to the work of nonprofits. From sharing your mission and vision with donors, setting goals with board members, or planning the next event with volunteers, there’s no shortage of communication happening when your nonprofit is thriving.


Unison connects and organizes your people. The ability to create action items, like signups and polls, makes it easy to streamline communication with all of your stakeholders and volunteers. Additionally, communication with members within your nonprofit as well as with donors is pain-free, as group members don’t need to set up a Unison account to receive texts or emails.


Slack is an easy way to stay in touch with your team. Enjoy connectivity with chats and video calls and the ability to share files and integrate many of your favorite tools.


Design and send emails to your subscriber list in Mailchimp for all your nonprofit’s email marketing needs. You can start free and increase to paid accounts (that are discounted) as your nonprofit grows.


If you need to get quick feedback from stakeholders, you can create a survey in SurveyMonkey to get the answers you need. Next, send it out with a link via social media, email, and other communication mediums.


Webinars can be a great way to build awareness for your cause, engage your existing donor base, or train volunteers, which is where Demio comes in. With Demio, setting up webinars is affordable and the intuitive interface makes it a user-friendly choice when you need to connect with an audience.

Project Management Apps

Multiple timelines, deadlines, and files require all nonprofit professionals to have project management tools to streamline workflows. The good news is that many of the top project management tools available are freemium apps, which means you can start small — and free — and scale as you grow.


Trello’s flexibility and easy-to-use features make it simple for teams to collaborate on projects together. Use it for your own personal workflow or to work together with your team.


In Asana, you can organize tasks as lists or boards. Check upcoming items in a calendar view to identify pending projects. Easily assign due dates and tasks to team members to ensure everyone knows what to do.


Airtable provides you with several workspace formatting options. Work together as a team or manage your own workflow. It’s easy to store and share files and other items that make project management easier. 


Among Wrike’s many features is a Gantt chart. This is especially helpful when your nonprofit is focused on technology and product development.


Basecamp lets you keep documents, communications, and more, in one place so that your team doesn’t have to try to track down important items. No more disconnected project communication.

Creative Apps

If you’re running a nonprofit, chances are you need to create professional looking materials quickly and affordably. Whether it’s just an eye-catching social media post or the cover of a report, consider these apps to help you make your nonprofit’s brand stand out.


When organizing a nonprofit, you’ll often have material to create: marketing, human resources, and fundraising pieces. Don’t let the lack of a designer stop you from creating top-of-the-line materials. Instead, try Piktochart.


Create cards, social media posts, and more with this freemium app that allows your brand to shine. Take advantage of their free courses on design to ensure you reflect your nonprofit’s brand professionally.

About the Author(s)

 Rotunda Software

Rotunda Software creates easy-to-use tools to help organize people while following their mission to help people do good things.

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