Entry Level Donation Forms and CRMs

One of the most critical pieces of a nonprofit website is a way for folks to interact and support your organization. There are many tools out there to help you create forms, manage supports and communicate, with a variety of features and price points.

If you are just starting out, have basic needs or are looking for tools we recommend, we've put together a list of our favorite platforms that allow you to get set up easily with little to no interaction from skilled web developers (like us!) although we are always happy to answer questions. Another great resource is this guide on selecting nonprofit software for your organization.

Give Lively

Give Lively is a free option (that's right FREE) that is a great fit if you are looking for a fundraising specific platform that includes support for donation forms, P2P and events management.  The least customizable out of the recommendations listed, Give Lively comes with several templates that create engaging, custom looking landing pages and are easily integrated into your WordPress site.

Who is this good for? You want a centralized fundraising platform and don't have custom needs in terms of look or functionality and cost is of a high consideration when selecting a platform.

Action Network

Action Network is the most customizable as it supports custom CSS and Javascript (as a paid partner), while still being entry level and priced well. Action Network focuses on form management, with support for donation, advocacy, events and sign up forms, as well as email and text marketing to help you communicate with your supporters. Their integration with Wordpress is great as well so you can present a seamless digital presence.

Who is this good for? You want a way to manage supporter activity around advocacy based interactions and communicate with them. You may have some custom look or functionality needs, but still need to keep the cost low.

Network for Good

Network for Good is a good alternative to Action Network if your organization is more focused on donor relationships and cultivation as opposed to advocacy. Offering a robust constituent management system and elevated events management platform that supports registration and auction hosting, their out of the box templates offer a way to get pages created quickly, however offer limited options when it comes to customizations outside of these templates.

Who is this good for? You want a way to manage supporters in all aspects of how they interact with your organization utilizing a true CRM, and have a strong focus on donations and events, but your needs are straightforward when it comes to the look and function of your pages.


Keap is best for those whose focus is e-commerce, sign-up forms and marketing, while still being lower priced than some enterprise level tools that offer these features.

Who is this good for? Your organization has a focus more on e-commerce and wants to be able to manage supporters like customers, with robust marketing and constituent management tools to track their engagement and communicate with them.

Just need a donation form?

Fundraise Up

Fundraise Up is a great turnkey option that uses the power of AI to help in your fundraising strategy. A free platform (there is a platform fee per transaction, but 92% of donors choose to cover this fee), a donation form can be stood up in a matter of hours and integrated into our site seamlessly. Fundraise up is on the cutting edge of what donors expect, including a plethora of payment options (mobile, ACH, Apple and Google Pay, stocks, and even crypto) and is great if your donor base is international with its global fundraising features.  More information is available here.

Fundraise Up is easy to sign up for and get started using right away.  Click this link to get started!  

Who is this good for? If you want to be fundraising savvy, and either don't know where to start or don't have the time.

Gravity Forms

If you are just in need of a simple donation form, we can also set you up with a donation form managed in your WordPress site using Gravity Forms and a payment processor like Authorize.net, PayPal or Stripe. If you are interested in this option, please reach out to hello@cornershopcreative.com to talk to our team about your needs and for us to provide you an estimate.

Who is this good for? You need just one or two donation forms and don't want to have to manage another system outside of your website.

Make Your Donation Go Further - To make your donor's gift go further, you can also add on an employee gift matching tool.  NP Boost is a great option as it integrates into your site via a plugin, is light-weight and low cost for those just getting started.

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