November 19, 2010

10 beautiful nonprofit WordPress themes

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Guest post by Lorna Li
Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Green Marketing TV

People who manage nonprofit organizations understand just how difficult it can be to make ends meet – especially in a tough economy where fewer people are donating. When every dime goes to spreading your green message, it can be difficult to find a spare $2,000 to $5,000 for a website.

The good news is, with WordPress, you can now create and manage your website without spending thousands of dollars for a web developer.  In fact, your new website may only cost your time!

How to choose your nonprofit’s WordPress theme

The most important thing to consider when selecting a WordPress theme for a nonprofit is layout. You want your visitor to understand what your nonprofit does in one glance. You will need dedicated real estate to showcase your mission statement, key programs & services, and most importantly have a donation box front and center.

Finding a WordPress theme with this layout takes some research, looking through curated lists, like this list of awesome green WordPress themes, or surfing through numerous WordPress theme directories. Finding the right theme for your nonprofit might seem like looking for a needle in a haystack. The good news is, we’ve identified some great WordPress CMS themes that work well with nonprofit organizations, as well as some great WordPress blog themes, for project specific blogging.

Green Stimulus

1Green Stimulus is a free WordPress theme with an animated content slider, customizable social media icons and the ability to embed videos. Green Stimulus is a great option for a sustainability nonprofit, or any nonprofit organization, especially since it was the only free WordPress CMS template we could find.

The nice thing about Green Stimulus is its versatility. You can use the theme as standalone nonprofit website CMS (content management system), with or without a blog. You can also choose to have blog entries published to your website home page – a steady stream of fresh content is good for search engine optimization. You can also completely customize the CSS so that the theme reflects the look and feel of your brand.

To see how easy this theme is to install, watch this video demo of a San Francisco cause marketing agency using Green Stimulus.

green-stimulus-wordpress-theme

Demo | Download

Charity Organization Theme

2Charity Organization template is a gorgeous WordPress CMS theme that includes six call-to-action areas where you can highlight campaigns and solicit involvement, all on the home page. Blog posts appear below the main campaign focus areas. At $55, this beautiful theme is a great value.

Demo | Download

Organic’s Nonprofit Theme

3Organic’s Nonprofit Theme is an attractive $69 theme that includes custom tables and a lot of space for information on your home page. This design will make an impression on volunteers and donors alike. The well thought out layout allows you to feature the most important information about your organization, such as your mission statement, contact information, programs, newsletter sign-up and donation widget.

nonprofit-theme

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Agency Theme

4Agency Theme is a nonprofit WordPress theme by Organized Themes. Designed with nonprofits in mind, Agency Theme is also a great template for religious charitable organizations. It comes with a featured content slider and prominent donation button on the home page, which can be easily removed.

Agency WordPress theme for nonprofits

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Organic Theme

5You have a choice between Earth and Ocean with the Organic’s Nonprofit Theme. From the earthy colors to the customizable portfolio, you will find this website theme has everything your nonprofit needs. Your $65 fee even includes a separate blog!

the-organic-theme

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Down to Earth

6Down to Earth is another theme that showcases earthy colors. You can use the content slider and two-level navigation to present a clean website to your volunteers and donors. The Down to Earth theme costs just $27.

down-to-earth-wordpress-theme

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Coffee Break

7Coffee Break offers you the chance to customize your home page and posts. These posts can include a slideshow from a recent volunteer event or mini features about important donors. Your $70 fee includes 17 styles and various customizable widgets.

coffee-break-wordpress-cms-theme

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EcoPro

8Your visitors will be impressed with this theme because 10% of your $79 fee goes straight to supporting the environment. This clean theme includes five color options, a content slider and customizable widgets to make your nonprofit organization really stand out.

Eco-Pro-premium-wordpress-theme

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Over Easy

9The Over Easy theme features a content slider page that gives you more room to tell the world about your organization. You can choose from seven color schemes, a variety of different home page templates and five customizable widgets – all for just $70!

overeasy-wordpress-cms-theme

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Charity Blog Theme

10The Charity WordPress theme is a professional clean cut blog theme in warm colors. There is a dedication section on the home page for your mission statement or project overview, below which your blog posts will appear. At $55 it’s an attractive, easy WordPress blog template to document specific projects and campaigns.
Charity wordpress theme

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If you are a nonprofit using WordPress and also have received free Salesforce CRM licenses for donor management, another useful thing to know is that you can use the WordPress-to-Lead plug-in to capture donor leads from your WordPress site.

WordPress is a terrific web publishing solution for frugal nonprofits. If I’ve missed any great nonprofit WordPress themes, feel free to add them in your comments.Lorna Li is an online marketing consultant who writes about home solar and green business. Follow her on Twitter at @lornali.

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  • http://www.kingjason.co.uk Jason King

    These are good choices. I've used Organic's Nonprofit theme and can vouch for it being well coded and easy to modify (it includes instructions on how to add a jquery slider).

    Almost any WordPress theme might be suitable for a particular nonprofit's needs. An environmental campaigning organisation would want to present a very different image than an organisation involved in domestic violence support, community housing or arts.

    Fortunately the prices of premium WordPress themes are easily within the reach of small charities, especially compared to the cost of design from scratch. Quality tends to be good too – I've bought themes from StudioPress, Woothemes and Organic and been impressed. I wouldn't recommend using many of the free themes, even thought they can seem like a tempting option.

  • http://www.organizedthemes.com Bill Robbins

    Great list and thanks for including Agency in the list. Organized Themes has a new non-profit focused theme called Foundation you might like as well http://www.organizedthemes.com/foundation-theme/.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ocala.me Ocala Web Sites

    I find it interesting you came up with 10 paid themes for NON-profits and I wonder if you can help me find 10 free themes to use for a great not for profit organization like http://ocalajaycees.com

    • http://www.socialmedia.biz/ JD Lasica

      There are hundreds (or thousands?) of free themes that WordPress offers, and I believe it’s easy to cruise their nonprofit themes section. For more advanced themes, paying an independent developer 40 or 50 bucks doesn’t seem excessive.

  • Neeraj

    For Non Profile You can also visit. http://www.inkthemes.com

  • Erika

    Have you actually tried these? We bought the Community Organization theme after reading your review and it has been a nightmare and essentially our org just lost $60. None of the images or logos or things are customizable. I really do NOT recommend it, despite how gorgeous it is.

  • Kyhaskins

    Why don’t you have support of step by step instructions on how to configure any of these themes? I’m pretty web savvy but still have to weed through a lot of code, trial and error just to figure it out. It’s wasting a lot of time.

  • http://www.zephanos.com/ Macauley

    Cool. Thank you

  • http://prolificcreative.com James Schellhorn

    Has anyone used the Charity organization theme? Any issues with implementation? Does it have good commenting support?

  • Grant Laird Jr

    Is down to earth theme still available?

  • http://www.smartgeekx.com/ Annamalai

    I like the charity organization template,try to provide some more templates like that and the theme stimulus is excellent.

  • John

    I love how these themes, directed at non-profits, can cost substantially more than some really impressive and gorgeous themes from say, ThemeForest. ?

  • Christian charity

    Charity donations and services must provide to the poor families as well as other countries
    http://www.ukchristiancharity.org/

  • IFIND WHOLESALERS

    Ihttp://www.ifindwholesalers.com is looking for a theme to take part in their association of Wholesalers

  • http://etin.vn/ etin

    I can’t download. Can you share me?

  • http://twitter.com/capnsmoozshaff Rob Lozano

    it is not a crime to charge a non-profit for work done. Embezzling a non-profit or any other entity is shameful. Non-profits DO get income and pays it’s employees accordingly. If it was a volunteer organization, then THAT is another deal. Even Pay-Pal charges non-profits! you want free? Get over it!

  • Shopeco

    Charity Blog Theme is very nice theme for me.. http://www.shopeco.co.in/

  • Shopeco

    John and Bill you both are right…..http://www.excluzy.com/

  • Kamal

    Savitur Startup Essentials could be a better option for non-profits http://www.savitur.co.in
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  • http://templendo.com/ Chris Brown

    This theme is great for nonprofits.

    Here are some more that I found: http://templendo.com/charity-and-non-profit-wordpress-themes/

  • https://www.mysolarinstaller.com/ My Solar Installer

    Those are some great looking themes for non profit organizations.