6 April 2013
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20 Awesome WordPress Themes For Charities, Churches, and Non-Profits

Charities, religious organizations, and non-profits have their own sets of needs in a website. Some of those needs are similar to the needs of any organization, but some are more unique.

In this article, we shall be taking a look at some of the best free and premium WordPress themes specifically meant for charity groups, churches, and other non-profit organizations. Along the way, we’ll outline some of those special needs these organizations have, and give you a rundown on how each theme stacks up to those needs.

Charities, Churches, and Non-Profits

TL;DR — There are summary tables at the end of the article, comparing the features of each theme. 

WP themes for charities, churches and non-profit organizations have become quite popular — there are some theme makers that create themes meant especially for non-profits!

In this roundup, I have included themes for three separate, though loosely connected, types of websites: charity organizations, non-profit organizations as well as churches or religious bodies. The reason? Themes that cater to either of these organizations generally have a common set of features: fund raisers, custom post types for upcoming events, widgets for donations and sponsors, and so on. Of course, there are certain differences as well, such as special audio post formats for sermons (in case of church themes).

Three Types in One


Although related and at times interchangeable, we’re really talking about three types of themes here.

Before we check out the themes, let me clarify the classification in this article.

First up, you have themes that are meant specially for churches and other religious bodies. Such themes generally make use of custom post types and other tweaks to display information such as sermon times, sermon videos, and so on.

The second category of themes includes those that support a cause. Often, they have a separate section for donations, and by making use of custom widgets, post types and even shortcodes, they help you raise donations for your cause. You can show a sign seeking donations, as well as display the amount generated in the sidebar using a widgets.

The third type of charity themes includes, broadly speaking, all such themes that are meant for non-profits, and may or may not have special features for running donation programs, campaigns, etc. Such themes often follow the corporate/portfolio model: a custom homepage with text areas to help you display information about your organization, as well as separate sections for blog and other useful regions.

Free and Premium

In this roundup, I have included both premium and free themes. I will first begin with premium themes, and once done with the individual features of each theme, we shall put ‘em all together in a table. Thereafter, I shall focus on free themes.

I have attempted to follow a rather minimal and straightforward approach in this roundup. For each theme, be it free or premium, I have listed the major features or USP (unique selling proposition). Common features such as “support for custom menus” or “custom logo upload” have been omitted.

Another thing worth noting is the point related to “Major usage.” Unlike others, “charity themes” is a rather broad genre. You can club religious organizations under charities, alongside humanitarian aid groups as well as environment groups. In some cases, even certain political groups can be termed as non-profits.

Thus, wherever possible, I have attempted to grade or classify each theme under a given usage niche: environment, religious organizations, political groups, etc.

Certain themes, that cater to charity groups as a whole and do not differentiate between environmental groups or religious groups, have been labeled as “Non-profit, charity organizations.”

Premium Themes

1. Green Earth

  • Major usage: Environmental organizations
  • Responsive design
  • Localization ready
  • Four separate sliders
  • Drag and Drop page builder
  • Custom font uploader
  • Custom shortcodes
  • Pricing: $50 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

2. The Cause

  • Major usage: Non-profit, political causes
  • Custom page templates
  • 6 custom post types
  • WooCommerce ready
  • Google Fonts
  • Includes custom plugin for sliders
  • Pricing: $55 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

3. WordPress Aid

  • Major usage: Fund raisers, charity
  • Parallax main slider
  • Translation ready
  • Custom footer slider for sponsors, etc.
  • Custom page templates
  • Pricing: $45 for Regular License (10% of proceeds go to UN Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria eradication)

Demo | Purchase

4. Relief

  • Major usage: Non-profit, charity organizations
  • Responsive design
  • 5 color schemes
  • Events Management
  • Google Fonts
  • Localization ready
  • Pricing: $40 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

5. WP-Church

  • Major usage: Churches, religious organizations
  • Custom audio player and widgets
  • 6 color schemes
  • Google Maps integration
  • Events Calendar
  • Pricing: $45 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

6. Ray of Light

  • Major usage: Churches, religious organizations
  • Custom homepage with slider
  • Custom shortcodes
  • Custom widgets
  • Localization ready
  • Pricing: $40 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

7. Give

  • Major usage: Charity organizations, non-profit
  • Responsive design
  • Retina-ready
  • Custom widgets
  • Localization ready
  • Pricing: $40 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

8. WordPress Politico

  • Major usage: Political organizations
  • Localization ready
  • Custom homepage with slider
  • Custom page templates
  • Pricing: $40 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

9. Mission

  • Major usage: Charity organizations, non-profit
  • Responsive design
  • Custom post types for Causes, Staff and Events
  • Localization ready
  • Custom widgets
  • Custom page templates
  • Contact form included
  • Pricing: $45 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

10. InCare

  • Major usage: Environmental organizations
  • Responsive design
  • Shortcode generator
  • Google Maps integration
  • Localization ready
  • Custom page templates
  • Contact form included
  • Pricing: $45 for Regular License

Demo | Purchase

11. Non-Profit Theme

  • Major usage: Non-profit, Environmental organizations
  • Responsive design
  • WooCommerce ready
  • Google Fonts
  • Custom page templates
  • Pricing: $69

Demo | Purchase

12. Charity Theme

  • Major usage: Charity organizations
  • Custom ad zones (header and footer)
  • Custom widgets
  • Localization ready
  • Pricing: $39 for Standard License

Demo | Purchase

13. Hopefull

  • Major usage: Non-profit, motivational/Psychology organizations
  • Custom hompage slider (uses custom post types)
  • Custom widget for Donations
  • 5 color schemes
  • Pricing: $50

Demo | Purchase

14. Progress

  • Major usage: Non-profit, charity organizations
  • Responsive design
  • Custom widgets
  • Localization ready
  • Donations section
  • Pricing: $49

Demo | Purchase

15. Foundation

  • Major usage: Non-profit organizations, fund raisers
  • Responsive design
  • Custom widgets for Donations, Videos and Sponsors
  • eCommerce ready (WooCommerce and JigoShop)
  • Pricing: $49

Demo | Purchase

Putting ‘em Together…

And now, before moving on to the free themes, how about we take a final look at all the premium ones?

Serial Num. Theme Name Genre Responsive Localization-ready Documentation eCommerce Pricing
1. Green Earth Environment Yes Yes Yes (with video tut) No $50
2. The Cause Political No No Yes WooCommerce $55
3. WP Aid Fund Raisers No Yes Yes (with video tut) No $45
4. Relief General Yes Yes Yes No $40
5. WP Church Religious org Yes Yes Yes No $45
6. Ray of Light Religious org No Yes Yes No $40
7. Give General Yes Yes Yes No $40
8. WP Politico Political No Yes Yes (with video tut) No $40
9. Mission General Yes Yes Yes No $45
10. InCare Environment Yes Yes Yes No $45
11. Non-Profit Environment, General Yes No Yes WooCommerce $69
12. Charity General No Yes Yes No $39
13. Hopefull Motivational, General No No Yes No $50
14. Progress General Yes Yes Yes No $49
15. Foundation General Yes No Yes WooCommerce and JigoShop $49

Free Themes

Now that we have covered the premium themes, let us take a look at 5 free themes as well. When it comes to releasing free themes for WP-powered charity and non-profit websites, Vandelay Design seems to be doing a commendable job. They have numerous free themes meant for churches and other non-profit organizations.

1. Green Grunge

  • Major usage: Churches, religious organizations
  • Green textured background with grunge border
  • Custome homepage template with slider
  • Media player for sermons and audio files
  • Events calendar

Demo | Download

2. Zion Church

  • Major usage: Churches, religious organizations
  • Audio and Video support
  • Adaptive layout
  • 4 color schemes
  • Custom homepage with slider
  • Events Calendar

Demo | Download

3. Danko

  • Major usage: Non-profit organizations, fund raisers
  • Custom widgets for advertising, Twitter stream, etc.
  • Custom page templates
  • Contact form included
  • Shortcode generator
  • PayPal integration for fund raiser mechanism

Demo | Download (registration required)

4. Stylish Church

  • Major usage: Churches, religious organizations
  • Custom homepage with slider
  • Custom post type for audio posts
  • 4 color schemes
  • Events Calendar

Demo | Download

5. Simple Non-Profit

  • Major usage: Non-profit organizations
  • 7 color schemes
  • Custom homepage with slider
  • Events Calendar
  • Custom post type for News/Press Releases, etc.

Demo | Download

Putting ‘em Together…

Here you go — your 5 free themes, head-to-head:

Serial Num. Theme Name Genre Responsive Localization-ready Documentation
1. Green Grunge Religious org No No Yes
2. Zion Church Religious org Adaptive No Yes
3. Danko Fund Raisers No No Yes
4. Stylish Church Religious org No No Yes
5. Simple Non-Profit General No No Yes

Which of the above themes is your favorite? Have your say in the comments below!

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