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List of companies offering free Web hosting to 501(c)3 nonprofits and other charities

List of companies offering free Web hosting to 501(c)3 nonprofits and other charities

  • In an effort to support the mission of the many nonprofits who are doing great work in the world, I'm compiling this list of current hosting providers offering 100% free web hosting services to 501(c)3 and other registered organizations.  Because the topic of web hosting is one that comes up often enough on the TechSoup forums, many organizations will hopefully find this list as a helpful starting point.

    NOTE: The companies listed below are not being endorsed or promoted in any way.  In addition, I do not have a current or past affiliation with any of the hosting providers listed below.  Please note that this is simply a list of hosting providers.  What this means is that it is up to you to research your web host and find out if they meet your requirements.  A good way to learn more about a web host is by reading reviews about them online.  Contacting the company directly to discuss your needs will give you a sense of the quality and responsiveness of their customer service/support.  Another good place to ask questions and read user reviews about a particular is at the Web Hosting discussion forum at  WebHostingTalk.com.

    Please post to this thread if you know of additional companies not listed here that currently provide 100% free Web hosting to the nonprofit community

    Here are the companies that currently provide free Web hosting to qualifying organizations:

    DreamHost
    Offers free Web hosting to US-based nonprofits and charitable organizations with proof of non-profit status.  The free plan includes unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and an unlimited number of hosted sub-domains. See this link for more information.

    A Small Orange
    Provides a free Tiny hosting plan or a free Small hosting plan to nonprofits and charities located in the USA and Canada (must provide proof of non-profit status). Nonprofits and charities can also get a 10% discount on any of their larger plans. The free Small hosting plan includes 5GB of storage, 50GB bandwidth, and an unlimited number of hosted sub-domains.

    Grassroots.org
    Offers free Web hosting to all registered US-based 501(c)3 nonprofits and registered Canadian charitable organizations. Free hosting for nonprofits is offered through a partnership with Bluehost. The free hosting plan includes unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and an unlimited number of hosted sub-domains (see the list of all included features). You must first sign up for free at Grassroots.org in order to receive free hosting for your organization.

     

    The section below lists companies that previously offered free web hosting, but they no longer provide this service to nonprofits and charities:

    HostGator
    Update: Hostgator no longer offers a free hosting plan for nonprofits.
    HostGator's Technology Grant Program previously made it possible for US-based 501(c)3 nonprofits and other charities to receive a free Business Hosting Plan with unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and an unlimited number of hosted sub-domains included.

    myhosting.com
    Update: myhosting.com no longer offers free hosting for nonprofits. "Applications Closed".
    Canadian-based company that previously provided free Web hosting to registered US-based 501(c)3 nonprofits and Canadian charities as well as educational and governmental organizations.  Free plan included unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited hosted sub-domains.

    EZPZ Hosting
    Update: EZPZ no longer offers a free hosting plan for charities.
    Company located in the UK that previously offered a free Junior Package Hosting Plan to any UK-based charity.  1 GB storage, 10 GB bandwidth, and unlimited hosted sub-domains.  

    Moonside Media
    Update: Moonside Media seems to have gone out of business.
    Another UK-based company that offered free web hosting to any charity or nonprofit located in the UK (organizations outside the UK also qualified for free hosting). As stated on their website: The free plan included a generous amount of storage space, monthly bandwidth, email accounts, and all other standard features you would expect with website hosting.  You must also display a link back to the MoonsideMedia.co.uk. site.

    Content Harmony
    Update: As of January 2014, Content Harmony no longer offers free web hosting to new applicants.
    US-based company offered free web hosting for selected charities and nonprofits located in the Pacific Northwest.  Free hosting plan included up to 1 GB of data storage, up to 10 GB bandwidth, and basic email accounts.  You must also display a link back to the company's site on your own site.

     

    [Last Updated by Yann: May 2015]

      Yann Toledano, Digital Marketing Strategist
      YTConsulting.com
      Host, Web Building Forum, TechSoup.org
      Twitter: @webmanyann

    • Yann, this is awesome! I volunteer w/ several nonprofits and this is an issue that comes up all the time! I plan on pointing many to your list. :)

      Megan Keane

      Follow me on Twitter: @penguinasana or connect with me on my website.

    • Excellent, Megan!

      If others reading this are aware of other hosting companies that currently provide free hosting to nonprofits, please tell us about it here.  I'm looking forward to adding more names to the list!

      Yann Toledano, Digital Marketing Strategist
      YTConsulting.com
      Host, Web Building Forum, TechSoup.org
      Twitter: @webmanyann

    • Yan thanks for information about free webhosting.. where i can got information about freewebhosting in places like africa..

      thanks

    • Most companies on the list above will provide free hosting to nonprofits/charities that can prove they are located in the USA or Canada.  It's possible these same hosts will be able to offer free hosting to organizations located outside of North America.  Best to call them directly to find out.

      Another thing you can do is to search on Google for web hosting in Africa, or web hosting in whatever country, and contact any company you find.

      Yann Toledano, Digital Marketing Strategist
      YTConsulting.com
      Host, Web Building Forum, TechSoup.org
      Twitter: @webmanyann

    • Great timing, Yann. I just posted TechSoup Snapshot: Voices from the Community: Web Host-ess with the Mostest that compiles many of the discussions we've had in the forums about web hosting services.

      Do you have another to add to the list? Let us know here!

      Best,

      Megan

      Megan Keane

      Follow me on Twitter: @penguinasana or connect with me on my website.

    • Hi Yann! Thank you for this excellent post! The new charity we are working on is actually registered in the UK. I wonder if there are any other web hosts such as EZPZ Hosting that offer free web space for charities located abroad too. I will try giving the American ones a call first, perhaps they can make an exception. If anyone else knows any UK-based ones, please do let me know!

       

       

       

    • kutcherj

      Hi Yann! Thank you for this excellent post! The new charity we are working on is actually registered in the UK. I wonder if there are any other web hosts such as EZPZ Hosting that offer free web space for charities located abroad too. I will try giving the American ones a call first, perhaps they can make an exception. If anyone else knows any UK-based ones, please do let me know!


      Glad you've found the list helpful!

      Actually, in addition to EZPZ Hosting, MoonsideMedia is another UK-based web host that offers free hosting to charities and nonprofits based in the UK.  So you might want to check them out, too.

      I'll be adding this host to the list shortly.

      Yann Toledano, Digital Marketing Strategist
      YTConsulting.com
      Host, Web Building Forum, TechSoup.org
      Twitter: @webmanyann

    • This is a very good list.

      I use Dreamhost, and while they have their ups and downs, they are a very good deal for the price.

    • Just chatted with HostGator agent who informed me they no longer have nonprofit grants.  So, take them off the list

    • Be very, very careful going with a free web host. Such a host may not allow you to have your own URL, or they may require that they actually own the URL, and if you decide to move web hosts, may not want to give it up. They may require you to post advertising on your site which, IMO, makes your site less sticky and even less credible. Support can also be poor - what you are getting is free, therefore, you aren't a paying customer, nor a priority if there's a problem.

      I know Hostgator no longer gives nonprofit freebies, but at just $5 a month, it's a fantastic deal, and the tech support is absolutely outstanding.

    • Has anyone here tried grassroots.org? I'm looking for feedback or recommendations.

    • I am looking carefully at myhosting.com for remote storage and redirects. I posted a specific question on remote storage on WebBuilding Forum.

      Thanks for the listing of all these hosting companies.

    • Your list is great! I for one didn't know that half of those companies offer webhosting for free to non-profit organizations. This is a good deal if they also offer the full service with all the extras for no money. Because usually I'm not a big fan of free hosting as they then are full of ads.

    • this is nice i have use myhosting.com