Nonprofit organizations need to have a website to create awareness about their organization, collect donations, attract attendees to their events, and more.
Many of these nonprofits choose to build on WordPress because they can create and publish their site quickly with little to no technical experience and a small budget. WordPress themes are a particularly valuable asset in the design process.
With the right theme, you can customize the appearance and behavior of some elements on your WordPress website without needing to touch a single line of code. That might mean selecting a theme that supports a video background to draw visitors in, carousel sliders to display multiple donation campaigns, and an event calendar to boost sign-ups and attendance.
In this post, we'll cover themes with these features and more. Let's get started.
Best WordPress Themes for Nonprofits
You can use any of the themes below to create a professional and feature-rich website for your nonprofit organization.
As the name implies, Charity is a feature-rich WordPress theme specifically designed for charitable organizations.
Built on the Bootstrap framework, Charity has a responsive and SEO-friendly design so you can create a website that effectively connects users to your cause and collects donations on any device.
There are custom donation and multiple pledge options you can embed on the front-end of your site. You can also add a blog section, newsletter sign up form, a pricing table, and embed videos and social media feeds. You can find these and other design elements in the demo below.
Benevolence is a best-selling theme by WP Look Themes that was designed for nonprofits and churches to build high-quality websites.
Coded to WordPress standards, constantly updated, and compatible with the latest version of WordPress and most WordPress plugins, Benevolence is ideal if you're looking for a nonprofit theme that's optimized for speed and search engines.
With Benevolence, you can upload a custom logo, accept one-time and recurring online donations, create custom share buttons, add projects in a list or grid format, and include a progress bar to keep track of donations on your website. You can also schedule and publicize your organization's events, including recurring events, with the Event Manager Section.
You can see a few of these features in action in the demo below.
Astra is a highly customizable WordPress theme that is easy to use and trusted by over 1 million websites. It is a lightweight and fast theme, and has many features that make it perfect for building your nonprofit's website.
This theme is responsive, SEO-friendly, and works great with all major page builders and most WordPress plugins. So, if you are looking to add a donation plugin to your site, you can likely use it with Astra without any worries.
Astra also offers several flexible pre-built website templates for non-profit organizations that can be installed with a click. You can see one of those templates in the demo below.
Alone is a fully-featured, responsive WordPress theme that comes with everything required to create a modern charity website.
This theme comes with 37 pre-built demos with unique purposes within the nonprofit industry, including fundraising, volunteering, and events. You can install one of these demos with one click and then customize it with the built-in Visual Composer plugin.
With Alone, you get unlimited colors, custom backgrounds, advanced typography, and sidebar widgets to create a truly unique website. You'll also get the premium Revolution Slider plugin, which you can use to display announcements and other content in carousel sliders.
Below is the Charity demo for the Alone theme.
Chariti is a highly-rated premium WordPress theme by GoodLayers. Its responsive design and advanced features make it an ideal choice for nonprofit organizations.
For example, Chariti has a membership system that allows members to have their own unique user dashboards, where they can keep track of their donations, edit their profile, and view their transaction receipts. Admins also get a dashboard on the back end, where they can easily view and manage transactions.
To design your site, you get a powerful drag-and-drop page builder, unlimited color options, over 22 header styles, and a feature that allows you to create a section on one page and sync it across other pages. You also have a choice of three demos, any of which you can install with one click.
Here is a look at Demo 3.
Benevolent is a nonprofit WordPress theme that you can download for free from the WordPress directory.
Benevolent is both easy-to-use and flexible. It comes with several important features for creating a nonprofit website, including a custom menu with a call-to-action button, a full-width slider, statistics counter, and sections specifically for clients and community. You'll also have multiple footer areas, sidebar options, and custom widgets for displaying recent posts, popular posts, or social media feeds.
Check out the free demo below.
Please note there is a premium version available if you're looking for more features and design options.
Charity Foundation has all the features and design options you need to create a nonprofit website.
You get a custom post type for showcasing the causes of your organization. You also get the Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, and Events Calendar plugins bundled with the theme so you can easily create content by dragging and dropping elements on the page, including sliders and event archives.
What sets Charity Foundation apart from other nonprofit themes is the custom donation plugin that was built specifically for this theme. The Donations plugin enables you to add donation forms to any "cause page" (the custom post type) and accept those donations via PayPal. It also provides a registration form for donors who want to create accounts to manage their donations.
With this theme, you'll also get six demos to choose from, including the one below.
Goodwish is a feature-rich WordPress theme specifically designed for nonprofits, charities, and fundraising campaigns.
In addition to six header styles, Goodwish comes with "Cause" layouts, which have a list and slider shortcode for easily organizing and showcasing the causes your organization supports, and event templates. These templates include an event calendar and two single page layouts. That way, when a visitor clicks on a day in your event calendar, they'll be redirected to a page about that specific event. Goodwish is also compatible with the free version of the GiveWP plugin so you can easily accept donations on your site.
Getting started with Goodwish is easy. Simply choose from eight homepage demos, including the Volunteer demo shown below, and install it in one click.
Dreamer is a premium WordPress theme that can make your nonprofit website look professional.
With this theme, you can promote events, collect donations, feature blog posts, showcase a portfolio, and more. Using the theme options panel and Visual Composer plugin, you can quickly and easily build custom pages. You can also create an online shop since this theme is fully compatible with the WooCommerce plugin.
Dreamer is also fully responsive, which means your site will look great on desktops and mobile devices. Below is how the demo appears on a desktop.
10. GivingPress Lite
If you'd like to keep your design costs low, try GivingPress Lite.
This free WordPress theme is highly customizable and user-friendly so you can create a truly unique website for your nonprofit organization and manage it with ease.
Using the WordPress customizer, you can easily customize the demo by adding your own pages, blog posts, images, videos, slideshows, and donation forms. You can also upload your custom logo and change the color scheme, backgrounds, layouts, and more to reflect your unique organization and cause.
Below is the professional-looking demo you'll be starting with if you install GivingPress Lite.
11. Charity Hub
A lightweight and responsive WordPress theme, Charity Hub is designed specifically for charity, NGO, nonprofit, and fundraising organizations.
To help you raise funds for your organization's cause, this theme comes with a custom post type called "Cause" and a built-in donation system via PayPal and Stripe.
Charity Hub also includes many features to help you build your site quickly and easily so you can focus on other tasks. In addition to a demo importer and page builder, this theme includes multiple blog and portfolio layouts, unlimited color options, and shortcodes. It also supports parallax and video backgrounds, floating navigation bars, and the WooCommerce plugin.
The demo is shown below.
12. NonProfit Theme
Organic Themes developed the NonProfit Theme to make it easy for nonprofit and charity organizations to create a website that clearly focused on their mission and supported their fundraising efforts.
Designed to work seamlessly with the GiveWP plugin, NonProfit Theme allows you to create multiple donation forms and display them throughout your site, capture all types of donations (including recurring ones), and manage your donors. It's also designed to work with the WooCommerce plugin so you can sell products for an additional line of revenue.
NonProfit Theme comes with plenty of built-in design features as well to ensure you create a custom site that reflects your unique organization. For example, it comes with two custom post types. The Slide template offers you more control when creating a featured slideshow for upcoming events and fundraisers. The Team Members template lets you showcase each member of your team with their photo, contact information, and social media links. Other features include custom menu, color, and sidebar options.
You can see some of these features in the demo below.
Peak is a premium nonprofit WordPress theme. You can use several plugins to extend the functionality of this theme to create a website that looks and does exactly what you need.
Like other themes mentioned on this list, Peak integrates with the free version of the GiveWP plugin so you can create and customize donation forms for your site as well as the Events Calendar plugin so you can create and manage events just as easily.
Unlike other nonprofit themes that are bundled with Visual Composer, Peak comes with the SiteOrigin Page Builder. With over one million installations, this is one of the most popular and well-rated WordPress plugins. The theme developers of Peak made this builder even more powerful by creating the SiteOrigin Widgets plugin, which adds over 40 custom widgets for bar charts, pricing plans, team profiles, counters, testimonial sliders. All of these elements can help you build a custom website.
Below is the Peak demo.
14. TS Charity
TS Charity is a free WordPress theme designed to simplify the website building and management process for nonprofits.
This theme has all the standard features you need for a nonprofit site, including a responsive design, testimonial sections, social media integration, and multiple page layouts. TS Charity is also compatible with third party plugins, including the WooCommerce plugin.
Check out the demo below.
There's also a premium version available, which has even more design options like Google Fonts, image galleries, and shortcodes.
For charities and nonprofits looking for a modern WordPress theme for their website, Elephant is a great option.
In addition to its mobile-friendly design, Elephant works perfectly with the WordPress customizer so you can choose from and customize multiple header layouts, blog layouts, color options, and other design preferences. It's integrated with the GiveWP plugin and the WPForms plugin so you can easily collect donations and add contact form and newsletter subscriptions to your site.
When you purchase Elephant, you get three other popular charity themes by Anariel Design.
If you are looking for a responsive and modern WordPress design for your nonprofit organization, Nonprofit is a great option.
It offers all the features and customization options you need to create a successful nonprofit site, including a drag-and-drop page builder, a powerful theme options panel, and one-click demo installer. Once you set up your site, you can easily customize it with Nonprofit's unlimited color options, Google Fonts library, Font Awesome icons, smooth parallax scrolling sections, background videos, and more.
Take a look at the demo below to see what's possible with this theme.
Callista is a fully responsive charity and fundraising WordPress theme.
Built by Template Monster, it comes with the drag-and-drop Power builder. Power has over 25 modules, including blog, countdown timer, call-to-action, and bar counter, which can help you create effective landing pages for converting visitors into donors.
Callista also provides multiple layout options and custom widgets for sliders, post carousels, and social media sharing so you can create an engaging and interactive website.
Take a look at the demo below to see some of these elements in action.
Divi is a premium multi-purpose WordPress theme that can be used to build any type of website, including a nonprofit site. It offers a specific layout pack called "Charity," in fact.
You can import this pack in a few clicks and then begin customizing them with the Divi front-end website builder. This builder offers over 40 modules, including calls to action, sliders, testimonials, forms, and a blog. This will allow you to build and customize a website in no time, so you can focus on promoting your cause and getting donations.
You can see the demo of the Charity Donate page below.
Bethlehem is a beautiful and highly flexible WordPress theme created for churches, charities, and other nonprofit organizations. It comes with a number of powerful features that will help you to create a modern website for your unique cause.
Using Bethlehem's advanced theme options panel, you can customize your headers, footers, typography, blog, and other elements on your site. You can also create a mega menu option to enable visitors to quickly and easily navigate around your site.
This theme is fully compatible with the WooCommerce plugin so you can sell products as an additional revenue line for your organization. It also comes with the Event Calendar plugin so you can display your upcoming events, the Slider Revolution plugin so you can easily add carousel sliders, and the Visual Composer plugin for easy drag-and-drop functionality.
Check out the default demo of the Bethlehem theme below.
LoveUs is an excellent choice for nonprofit organizations looking to raise funds for multiple campaigns, promote recurring and one-time events, and get volunteers.
Built on the Bootstrap framework with HTML5 and CSS3, LoveUs is lightweight and fast. It comes with nine homepage layouts, three header styles, and all the page sections you need for a nonprofit website: About, Event, Cause, Blog, Contact, Donate and Shop. You can embed your Instagram feed, videos, and progress bars under each donation campaign to create an engaging and informative site.
Check out the demo below to see for yourself.
Selecting a Nonprofit WordPress Theme
The above-mentioned WordPress themes will enable you to create a modern and feature-rich website for your nonprofit organization. You can also use these themes to create any other kind of business site you want.
Most of these themes are compatible with WordPress plugins, including WooCommerce so that you can create online stores to raise funds for your charitable organization. That means, once you have a theme, you can start installing plugins that add needed features to your nonprofit site.
Originally published Jun 29, 2020 7:00:00 AM, updated January 07 2021