You are only permitted to host the domain related to your non-profit organization on the free hosting service. If you host more than the approved domain listed on the 501(c)(3), the discount will be voided and removed.
DreamHost offers a FREE Shared Hosting plan (including email hosting) to non-profit, charitable organizations registered in the United States. This discount applies to a single Shared Hosting plan per non-profit, hosted within only one account, for US-based 501(c)(3) organizations. This discount remains active for the lifetime of the DreamHost account.
DreamHost also offers US-based 501(c)(3) organizations a discount on DreamPress, managed WordPress hosting. The discount offers 35% off on DreamPress plans and is good for the life of the plan. You can find more details about the DreamPress non-profit discount here.
A single qualifying domain registration is included free for the first year only. Additional domain registrations are not eligible for any discounts.
Is a credit card required to sign up for this offer?
No. Follow the instructions below to sign up. You are not asked for a credit card, but you must prove your eligibility for the free hosting to eventually apply.
How to apply
Due to the varying needs of non-profit organizations, DreamHost recommends that you assign your non-profit's chairperson as the actual primary point of contact/signup for the account at all times. Admin and technical staff should only be assigned account privileges as needed for the account.
Submitting a form if you're a new customer
- Fill out and submit the form here to sign up for service with DreamHost.
- Add your domain as Fully Hosted on the Manage Domains page.
- Make sure you've filled in and submitted a credit card billing address, as DreamHost uses that information to verify your identity. If you have any problems adding a billing address, please visit your DreamHost panel and submit your info there.
This is for verification purposes only and your card will not be charged.
- Submit a support ticket request from the Contact Support page and attach proof of your tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) so that the DreamHost non-profit team can get you approved as soon as possible.
Submitting a form if you're a current customer
Proving non-profit status
Whether you are a new customer or a current customer, in order to prove your non-profit status DreamHost must receive one crucial piece of documentation: an official United States IRS letter indicating tax-exempt non-profit status under the appropriate sections of the tax code. This is often called a 501(c)(3) determination letter.
A 501(c)(3) determination letter is the only documentation that DreamHost accepts. If you are a non-profit organization and do not have a determination letter, regardless of the reason, you will be denied free hosting.