15 Free or Cheap Photo Sharing Sites Perfect for Nonprofits

Lori Halley 13 December 2007 16 comments

Photo Sharing Nonprofit Tools"Because a picture is worth a thousand words."

Using a photo sharing site is an easy way to share your nonprofit's event, conference, holiday, or member photos on the web.

Anyone can easily create an account, upload photos, add transitions and effects, and then share the slideshow on a website or social media.

I took some time to review a number of photo sharing and slideshow tools to find the best suited for nonprofits. You'll find that each of the 15 photo sharing sites I've listed:

  • work consistently across browsers
  • are easy to use
  • are free or inexpensive

In alphabetical order, here they are:

 

15 Free or Cheap Photo Sharing Sites Perfect for Nonprofits

 

Flikr Logo photo sharing nonprofit tools1) Flickr

  • Free
  • Pro version $5.99/month

One of the most well known photo sharing sites is Flickr. In addition to being a popular web site for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository. All you need to do is organize your photos into sets or collections, or just tag them and share the link.

 

Google Slides logo photo sharing nonprofit tools2) Google Slides

  • Free

If you’re more familiar with working with Google Drive, then this is the choice for you. If not, Google Slides works just like PowerPoint.  Easily add new slides, paste your pictures in, and send anyone the shareable link.

 

Haiku Deck logo photo sharing nonprofit tools3) Haiku Deck

  • Free 7-day trial
  • Plans start at $9.99/month, 50% discount for nonprofits

Haiku Deck offers an easy way to create any type of presentation on your browser, iPad, or iPhone. They have a free 7-day trial, but if you want to unlock Haiku Deck’s full functionality, you’ll have to upgrade to their paid version, which has privacy controls, printing options, 1:1 training, and many other options.

 

kizoa logo photo sharing nonprofit tools4) Kizoa

  • Free basic version
  • Premium version available for one-time fee of $29.99

Kizoa is primarily an online video creator, but they also offer collage and ecard tools and a great photo editor. After you finish your slideshow, you can easily share it by email or social media. If you’re a teacher or student, you can use Kizoa completely free for any educational use.

 

movavi logo photo sharing nonprofit tools5) Movavi

  • Free

Movavi is a free downloadable software to create and edit slideshows on your desktop. Movavi makes it easy to add slides, videos, images, music, and other types of files to your slideshow. You can also choose from over 90 different transitions and effects to make your slideshow more interactive and professional-looking.

 

photobucket logo slideshow software6) Photobucket

  • Free accounts have ads
  • Premium plans start at $3.49/month

Photobucket offers free tools for making slideshows of photos, videos and music. Plus, users can share their media with friends by email, IM and by mobile phone. If you're looking to print out your photos too, Photobucket makes the process super simple.

 

picovico logo slideshow software7) Picovico

  • Free basic plan
  • Premium plans start at $6/month

Picovico is an online platform that converts your photos into videos to help you make beautiful slideshows. Choose from themes like birthday, winter joy, and year book to give your slideshow a consistent look and feel.

 

powerpoint logo slideshow software8) PowerPoint Online

  • Free

Microsoft offers their popular presentation software online for free. Simply create a Live account and get started with your online PowerPoint presentation right away. Your presentations will be saved in the cloud directly into your OneDrive account, so they’re easy to share, collaborate, and there’s no worry about losing your files.

 

prezi logo slideshow software9) Prezi

  • Free basic version
  • Premium plans start at $4.92/month

Over 75 million presentations have been created with Prezi.  Prezi offers a unique and highly engaging way to share your slides that is easy for anyone to use. They offer a free account where you can create, collaborate, and present your slideshow presentation through their website, but if you want access to advanced features, you’ll have to upgrade. Here's a three minute video on how easy it is to add effects to your images in Prezi:

 

simpleviewer logo online photo10) SimpleViewer

  • Free basic version
  • Pro version is a one-time payment of $45

SimpleViewer is a free tool that allows you to create beautiful galleries of your photos. They offer a wide range of pre-built gallery templates ready to go, such as their SimpleViewer, TiltViewer, and PostcardViewer, as well as customizable options.

 

slidely logo online photo11) Slidely

  • Free basic account
  • Premium business account starting at $49/month

Slidely offers a comprehensive video and photo sharing platform that makes it easy to create a slideshow, collage, or gallery ready to share on the internet or any mobile device. Slidely also offers professional services for businesses looking to create slideshow promotions.

 

smilebox logo online photo12) Smilebox

  • Free basic version
  • Premium version is $3.99/month

Smilebox is an all-in-one slideshow software with a multitude of pre-built template themes for any occasion. Along with adding videos, photos, and music, they also offer tools to create collages, greetings, and invitations. When you’re happy with your slideshow, you can email it, share it on social media, or even burn it to a DVD.

 

smugmug logo online photo13) Smugmug

  • 14 day free trial
  • Starting at $3.95/month

SmugMug is a popular online photo sharing site that allows you to post photos and add captions and footers to let people know what's happening in each photo. Another key feature is the PhotoRank where viewers can give a photo a thumb up or a thumb down, which can help it become more popular in their site rankings so even more people see it.

 

soundslides logo online photo14) SoundSlides

  • One-time payment of $39.95 for the basic version

If you're looking to add music, or narration to a slideshow, Soundslides is probably the simplest way to do this. Once your file is complete, you can save it to your website, tablet, or mobile device.

 

Wild Apricot logo photo sharing15) Wild Apricot

  • Free basic plan
  • Premium plans start at $40/month

While Wild Apricot is an all-in-one membership management platform (database, events, emails, website, etc.), we've built an easy-to-use slideshow gadget that can be added to any Wild Apricot hosted website. To get started, simply sign up for a free trial and begin building your nonprofit's website.

 

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2007 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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Comments

  • Digital Photo Printing: Tips on Printing Great Photos » Top 10 easy-to-use slideshow tools for your conference and event … said:

    Thursday, 13 December 2007 at 9:44 AM
  • Carl said:

    Monday, 17 December 2007 at 4:08 AM

    While <a href="http://www.koffeephoto.com">KoffeePhoto</a> runs like a desktop photo organizer, it includes features for automatic generation of web pages and slideshows. Everything is done wihtout hassle. Free.

  • Jay said:

    Wednesday, 19 December 2007 at 10:25 AM

    I got our Youth Group up and running on Pixamo- You can set it to members only so that it is a private community where you can chat, share photos and videos, etcetc.  It allowed me to import my Yahoo address book so that all our members usernames and stuff were right there already.  It was real easy to get running.

  • Andrew said:

    Friday, 28 December 2007 at 11:54 PM

    Don't forget Picasa, Google's really well-designed product, which has an easy-to-use web album facility and albums can either be public or have limited access as you wish. The 'classiest' end product I've found so far is JAlbum who now provide free hosting too. Some work needed on their interface, though, which I found a little less than intuitive. One more - take a look at Splashcast. All are free and virtually ad free, which I find important. Slide is good but their ad links can be a problem for some group profiles.

  • me said:

    Monday, 31 December 2007 at 5:08 AM

    thanks for this great list! and nice work by other users, adding to the compilation :)

    i recently found picnik ( http://www.picnik.com ) - it's mainly a photo-editing site, but is great if you're on the road and need to resize, crop, rotate, or add text or some really cool special effects to a photo (on a jump drive, in a card reader, from your digi camera, etc).

  • Wild Apricot Blog said:

    Friday, 18 January 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Looking back on my posts for December 2007, these were the most popular posts according to Google Analytics:

  • laura said:

    Monday, 26 May 2008 at 7:44 AM

    Hey, another website to check out http://www.comboost.com/.

    Photosharing, great slideshows, and you can even download your albums as pdfs. Of course you can add your albums to your blog and website...

    Have a look!!

  • husac said:

    Monday, 02 June 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Hi!

    You can use my photos for free at http://freeartisticphotos.com  - all of them are taken by me and made Public Domain ; hope you enjoy them!

    Cheers, Husac!

    I hope that you found it interesting!

  • Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] said:

    Monday, 02 June 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Husac,

    Thanks for sharing! These are very nice pictures and I am sure our blog readers will appreciate that - many non-profits struggle to afford commercial photos.

  • Prateek Jain said:

    Sunday, 10 August 2008 at 2:52 PM

    bubbleshare.com is another good website which I use.

  • Nikk Ganey said:

    Tuesday, 07 October 2008 at 10:26 AM

    I am not sure if anyone has heard, but there is a new photo sharing and photo product creating website that just launched and it's really cool, it's called RocketLife. The URL is a demo site that someone else sent me and I can not believe how cool it is and how user friendly it is. It's faster than Shutterfly and let's you do more than any other photo site.  I hope everyone get's to see how great of a product this is.

  • Craig Maunder said:

    Wednesday, 24 December 2008 at 3:47 AM

    Smugmug is an excellent option for non-profits, amateurs and pros alike.  Beautiful galleries that take no effort to setup, no advertising, total security for your photos if you need it (no one can simply steal them like on Flickr) and excellent customer service.

    The $40 fee for an entry-level account is more than justified by the ease of use and can be reduced to $15 for your first year (way less than the Flickr pro account) with the following codes:

    promo code: YAHOO (1/2 price on all memberships)

    referral code: XYIzvlyAxTPgo ($5 off)

    This $15 then gets you unlimited uploads and downloads and an excellent means of storing your photos offsite.

  • Mika said:

    Wednesday, 04 March 2009 at 4:10 AM

    I really think that you should add Joomeo (<a href="http://www.joomeo.com">http://www.joomeo.com</a>) to this list

  • Phographer said:

    Saturday, 04 April 2009 at 4:18 AM

    I have been using Phocentral.com for many months and i am entirely satisfied with it. Its free, simple and secure. You can create albums of type public, private and password-protected. There are also sharing tools available to publish your photos on blogs/sites. http://www.phocentral.com

    With many features like slide show, easy-to-remember links, mail to friends, gallery view, etc. I love it!

    I think you should add this too

  • Karen Smalls said:

    Friday, 17 April 2009 at 11:16 AM

    I just found this one. Super easy just email the photos/video:

    www.randump.com

  • steve caturan said:

    Thursday, 23 April 2009 at 3:13 PM

    if you're looking for an alternative service using the Gallery 2 (open-source) platform, have a look at http://www.pixi.me/

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