Franklin Wordpress Crowdfunding Theme

Franklin Wordpress Crowdfunding Theme - Activism Nonprofit

About Franklin

Franklin a fundraising theme for WordPress, lovingly crafted from the ground up to be 100% responsive, elegant and bloat-free.

Franklin currently features built-in support for Easy Digital Downloads and the original Crowdfunding plugin by Astoundify. However, please note that this is going to change in the future. You can read the update below and the complete announcement at

Important Changes: August 11, 2014

The Crowdfunding by Astoundify plugin was removed from the plugin repository last week. We will continue to support the plugin’s integration with Franklin, but we are actively developing a new fundraising plugin which will eventually replace Astoundify’s Crowdfunding plugin.

For the complete update including information on where to receive plugin updates in the interim, please read the update on our blog:

Updates to the theme demo: You may notice that we have updated the theme demo. This is to better reflect the primary purpose of the theme, which is to enable activists, non-profits and other individuals and organizations to raise money for campaigns. We are not stripping out any of the current functionality related to community-driven crowdfunding websites and will continue to support the community features for every customer who has purchased the theme prior to August 11, 2014.


raggar says:

Hi Eric,

Just wanted to say that we had our event on Sunday and we raised $3,646.09 with the help of your incredible theme. You and your team are amazingly talented and I just wanted to thank you for all of your help!


chuckmanley says:

I just finished my first crowdfunding campaign by raising over $1000 for a trip to India. I’m pumped!

smartconcepts says:

Having tried the other crowdfunding themes, I would strongly recommend this theme to those looking at crowdfunding themes. It is by far the most professional looking theme, and well supported. A five star rating from me.

Moosehockey1 says:

Great theme!

Eric couldn’t have been more helpful in helping getting it to work on my server!

golden786 says:

This is a beautifully crafted theme with professional and prompt support!

andyhoodified says:

GORGEOUS theme. Love the clean flat color look.

chrisack says:

Love the design, great job. This would be perfect for our nonprofit.

About Franklin WordPress Fundraising Theme


  • Supports Easy Digital Downloads and Crowdfunding by Astoundify
  • Create as many campaigns as you’d like
  • 100% responsive design, built with a mobile-first approach
  • Crisp retina graphics
  • Unlimited colours
  • 6 preset colour palettes
  • 8 optional textures, and the ability to load your own
  • 6 custom widgets: Campaign Author, Campaign Updates, Campaign Video, Campaign Pledge Levels, Campaign Backers, Sofa Posts
  • Custom user profile template
  • Embeddable widget for easy sharing of campaigns.
  • Widgetized campaign page
  • Full-featured blog, with support for every post format: video, gallery, image, audio, aside, status, chat, link, quote
  • Allow anonymous backers
  • Contact page template
  • Supports Ninja Forms
  • Demo content included
  • Multilingual ready. WPML support and .mo/.po files included

Photos used in the demo site are not included.

Supported plugins

Note: You need to purchase a license for WPML and Layer Slider separately.



1.5.10 — June 27, 2014
  • Documentation update.
  • Improved drop-down navigation.
  • Added HTML5 form validation to the registration form.
  • Improved support for sub-categories on the campaign creation page.
  • Fixed a bug encountered when Easy Digital Downloads is not installed.
1.5.9 — June 5, 2014
  • Multiple improvements to the CSS.
  • Improved handling of stylesheet caching between versions.
1.5.8 — May 16, 2014
  • Fixed a CSS bug causing the menu button to be un-clickable on small devices when the site uses a large logo.
1.5.7 — April 30, 2014
  • Fixed a nasty timezone error message.
  • Fixed several minor CSS bugs.
1.5.6 — April 2, 2014
  • Fixed a bug encountered under certain campaign configurations.
1.5.5 — April 2, 2014
  • Added caching to campaign countdown to help boost performance in high traffic websites.
  • Fixed gallery CSS bug.
  • Fixed incorrect countdown time.
  • Improved handling of donation-only campaigns and other campaigns without rewards.
1.5.4—February 24, 2014
  • Fixed a bug with the campaign countdown in Safari.
  • Fixed broken links in campaign author widget.
  • Fixed a couple of bugs experienced after saving and previewing campaigns.
  • Updated demo content to reflect latest changes.
1.5.3—January 16, 2014
  • Improved pledge widget for donation-only campaigns.
  • Fixed a bug causing erroneous “Campaign was successfully completed on January 1st, 1970” message when WePay extension is activated.

1.5.2 —December 2, 2013

  • Fixed bug in author campaigns query that caused all campaigns to be shown.

1.5.1—November 29, 2013

  • Fixed issue with login/register modal on larger screens.

1.5—November 26, 2013

  • NEW: Bonus homepage template with support for Layer Slider
  • NEW: Campaign creator widget
  • IMPROVED: User profile page is greatly improved and shows the number of campaigns a user has created or backed, as well as a list of their created campaigns and blog posts.
  • Removed default lightbox mode. If you want to activate lightbox on an image in your post, add the `lightbox` class to the anchor element (i.e. …).
  • Improved SSL support.
  • Many other minor bug fixes and improvements.

1.4.5—October 11, 2013

  • Pagination for homepage campaigns.
  • Improved styling for WePay extension.
  • Fixes Javascript error in countdown script.

1.4.4—October 7, 2013

  • Minor update for po/mo files.

1.4.3—October 4, 2013

  • Improved styling of campaign preview.
  • Fixed issue with editing saved campaigns.
  • Fixed a bug in pledge widgets that made it possible to still pledge to a campaign after it’s finished.
  • Fixed a bug in the terms field in the campaign creation page.

1.4.2—September 16, 2013

  • Abstracted login/register modal to provide an easier way for child themes to override the default.
  • Fixed a bug causing the incorrect page template to be used when campaign page settings have not been set.
  • Fixed bugs in campaign creation process.

1.4.1—August 30, 2013

  • Updated to be compatible with latest version of Appthemer Crowdfunding. Upgrading Appthemer Crowdfundin is not absolutely necessary as the theme still supports version 1.6+ of the plugin.
  • Added tags and categories into campaign creation page.

1.4—August 14, 2013

  • Updated to be compatible with latest version of Appthemer Crowdfunding. Note that starting with this release, Franklin requires Appthemer Crowdfunding version 1.6+ (the current version). DO NOT UPGRADE if you do not want to upgrade to the latest version of Appthemer Crowdfunding.
  • Added the ability to hide the Campaign Backers widget if a campaign doesn’t have any backers yet.
  • Fixed a bug in the Campaign Pledge Levels widget to do with limitless pledge levels.

1.3.1—August 12, 2013

  • Fixed issues from 1.3

1.3—August 7, 2013

  • Added WPML support.
  • Allow users to share your campaigns with an embeddable widget.
  • Share to Pinterest and LinkedIn.
  • Improved navigation positioning when title and tagline are hidden.
  • Made the logo clickable.
  • Improved support for expired campaigns.
  • Added masonry layout to campaign category archives.
  • Many more minor code improvements.

1.2—July 6, 2013

  • Added a website stats widget.
  • Added extra PSD file.
  • Fixed a bug in the Sofa Posts widget.

1.1—July 4, 2013

  • Community campaigns functionality added!
  • New page templates: Campaigns homepage, Single campaign page, Featured campaigns page
  • Improved navigation styling
  • IE8 bugs fixed
  • Improved customizer preview
  • Added Spanish translation, courtesy of SoyJimmy
  • Expanded documentation

1.0—June 26, 2013

  • Initial release