5 best business plan software for nonprofits for great results


PlanWare Free-Plan & Exl-Plan

As I have space for one more program, I’d like to include one that has a freebie and a paid option. In general, and especially if you want to be taken more seriously, free business planning software is not a great idea.

Having said that, if you have a limited budget and you want to download something to get you started, then the two programs offered by PlanWare may be a good option for you.


Included in Free-Plan is a template which has everything you need to write a respectable business plan with sample texts, tables, and charts. In addition, there is a pretty good guide (split up into sections) that helps with the template. The sections include:

  • Executive summary
  • Strategy and mission
  • Profiling target markets
  • Marketing strategies
  • Sales plans and projects

While the software isn’t specifically designed for nonprofits, I reckon it is pretty good option, especially if you are just starting out.

There are two variations of the free version, but I would just use this one as it’s the most up-to-date.


As I said above, there is also a paid option available to download called Exl-Plan. It is the premium version of Free-Plan and comes with many extra features.

It also comes in different variations and each variation has a different price. Therefore, before ordering, you will want to consider:

  • The size of your business
  • The amount of revenue streams you have
  • How many years of projections you want
  • Your country’s accounting conventions

Surprisingly, what also makes this a good choice is the free version of Exl-Plan. Admittedly, you can’t do as much as you can with the paid versions, but you can download it and get an idea if it is the right software for your nonprofit

Download Exl-Plan

And there you have it. Obviously, this is far from an extensive list, but it gives you a fair idea of what types of downloadable business plan software for nonprofits is out there.

If you have a downloadable business plan software for nonprofits that you think is a good alternative to the software mentioned above, let us know in the comments section below.