Free or lost-cost online communication tools for nonprofits

Dina Younis \
March 16, 2016

Our communications team compiled some of our favorite free or low-cost tools for nonprofit communications and put them to the test.

Canva:  provides templates so you can create and design graphics that you can use for flyers, social media posts, campaign and fundraiser announcements, graphics, and more. Nonprofit pricing is available   Never designed a graphic before? No worries, their tutorials are very helpful.

Add text to images: Posts and articles with images are more likely to attract readers.  Make a statement by adding text to your images with this tool. The drag and drop feature makes it very easy to use.

Piktochart: Infographics are graphic visual representations of information. They work especially well when you have a lot of data and statistics. Use them for presentations, reports, or online storytelling. Nonprofit pricing available.  Make your data look pretty with this data visualization tool. The templates are great for those who work with a lot of numbers and need to translate those numbers into charts and presentations that are easy on the eye.

Powtoown: Video marketing is one of the most effective ways to grab attention so use these on your website, in e-blasts, on social media or in place of a PowerPoint. Easily create animated videos to tell a story important to your cause. You can use start from scratch or customize an existing template. Although there’s no nonprofit pricing available, there are a number of free features.

Free stock photography: For Akron-centric photos, check out Akron Stock. We also love Unsplash.

Google Grants: $10,000 in adword support per month

Elevate Clicks:$99/per month service to manage and spend $5,000 in google grant ads

Vertical Response: 10,000 free e-mails per month

HootsuiteBasic social media service is free or discounted paid service