30+ of the Best Google Docs Templates for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot

Whatever the task, odds are that there’s a time-saving Google Docs template to help. nonprofit-google-docs google-docs-templates Google Docs collaborationCreating a presentation for your board? Wading into end-of-project paperwork?

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20 Great Google Docs Templates for Non-Profits

Wild Apricot

Whatever the task, odds are that there’s a time-saving template, free at Google Docs, to help you do more with less effort. Tags: Non-profit technology General non-profit interest nptech Volunteers Staffing Non-profit Communications office collaboration websites surveys event management project management spreadsheets Google Docs print productivity documents templates Creating a presentation for your board? Wading into the end-of-project paperwork?

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The value of collaboration

SocialFish

John Stepper has an awesome series of posts about the value of collaboration, which I wanted to point you to if you haven’t seen it. The Value of Collaboration #1: Reducing internal service costs. The Value of Collaboration #2: Reducing how much your firm prints.

Google Docs Gets Better. Again.

Wild Apricot

Google keeps on turning out small but significant improvements to Google Docs, to streamline the editing tools, add useful management options, and make online collaboration with non-Google-users more convenient.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech office collaboration spreadsheets Google Docs

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New in Google Docs: Shared Folders

Wild Apricot

Two new updates for Google Docs make this very simple and free collaboration tool even more useful for a board or committee at any small non-profit — shared folders, and the ability to upload multiple files at one time.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech office collaboration Google Docs

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Google Docs in Plain English

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This one (above) is about Google Docs. Laura Quinn write s about her impressions using Google Docs for collaboration. Michele Martin has an excellent post detailing a suite of online tools for collaborative or team blogging projects which also makes use of google docs I discovered a new blog today called "Tools, Thoughts and Things." " and a long and thoughtful post called Village Green VS Walled Garden.

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Nonprofits Live Recap: Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

The October edition of Nonprofits Live examined the topic of online collaboration. Online collaborating requires an extra dose of the same skills we use when we collaborate in person and a number of tools to bridge the physical distance between collaborators.

Create, Edit, Share Docs Online with Free Microsoft Office Apps

Wild Apricot

You’re keen to collaborate online, but other members of your nonprofit team are dragging their heels? If they're simply leery of learning to use new software, the new (free) Office Web Apps from Microsoft may help you get past that collaboration roadblock.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech office collaboration Microsoft online storage project management PowerPoint application

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Reduce Travel with Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

This updated blog post from the campaign explores some ways to increase online collaboration and also reduce travel and work efficiency. Online collaboration is one of these generic terms that seems to lose meaning the more people use it. Why Is Online Collaboration Green? The environmental impact of working collaboratively online is to reduce travel. Cloud Services for Collaborating. Online Collaboration NPLive Recap. Collaboration Tools Chart.

Nonprofits Live: Collaborative Storytelling Recap

Tech Soup Blog

kicked off with a special edition of Nonprofits Live on the topic of collaborative storytelling. Collaborative storytelling refers to working with a team, sometimes distributed, to produce video. Starting a Collaborative Project. A production grid is easy to produce in a collaborative tool like Google Docs and is easily shared via email or file sharing. Borman's experience has taught her that team building is important to collaborative storytelling.

Software for Collaboration

Idealware

Everyone suddenly wants to collaborate! For some reason (I suspect it's related to the economy, though I haven't pinned down exactly how) my phone is ringing off the hook these days with people who want to talk about how software can help teams collaborate. Facebook or MySpace) Collaborative Documents: Users share and edit documents online, either in real-time or over time (i.e. Ning or KickApps) Wiki: Collaborative website, where all who can view can also edit (i.e.

More online than local: Why I love Google Docs

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A good deal of my work involves collaboration with remotes colleagues and includes tasks as writing articles, curriculum, research, etc. Not everyone I work with has moved away from Word/Excel -- so I'm finding myself with one foot in the web-based collaboration tools and the other foot stuck in Microsoft Office. So, I've used wikispaces, pbwiki, socialtext, jotspot, and writely (now google docs). You can easilyl collaborate with spreadsheets and docs.

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Case Study: NPower Michigan and Board Collaboration Tools

NTEN

What he envisioned was a single place for board members to go to find and add information, collaborate, schedule meetings and access reference materials, but he didn’t want the expense or effort of building a private portal like a larger organization could afford to do. “I He said the document-sharing capabilities of the site are limited, but sufficient for formal board book type collaborations. Google Docs will win out for collaborative document capability every time,” he said.

Tech Across Your Org: Social Media Collaboration Across the NYC Elder Abuse Center

NTEN

Read the complete issue on "Collaboration" when you subscribe to the journal for free! ] Established in 2008 as a collaborative response to the growing number of complex elder abuse cases in NYC, the NYC Elder Abuse Center helps professionals, organizations, and systems prevent elder abuse and improve their response to it. Risa sums up the value of a collaborative approach: "Our staff conversations about ways to utilize social media are creative and energizing.

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11NTC Highlight: Collaborative Notetaking Saves Your Calendar!

NTEN

Every session page also includes a direct link to the Google Doc where you can review or contribute notes in real-time (and after the session is over). How to access collaborative notes from 11 NTC sessions: Use the QR code above Go directly to the Google Docs folders myNTC sessions include links to their specific doc Thanks, Jodi! The NTEN community is full of volunteers who go to the limits to help each other, create valueable resources, and share knowledge.

The Remote Office: Putting Free Video Conferencing Tools to the Test

Idealware

Being able to open up and view a Google Doc within the call was also nice because it often meant we could avoid sharing a desktop. Collaboration

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5 Essential Tech Tools for Virtual Teams

Idealware

It can be difficult to collaborate, interpret communication, build trust among team members, and more. Document Collaboration. Ideally you want collaborative editing that lets you see the edits as they are happening. We have used Google Docs for brainstorming—the way you might use a flip chart or whiteboard in person—and the experience has been interesting. Collaboration

Smartsheet: Frustrated with online project management no longer

Judi Sohn

Why aren’t you just using Google Docs?” ” Yes, some of what we’re doing in Smartsheet could be done in Google Docs. It’s an Excel/Google Doc-like online app that generates spreadsheets that are more dynamic than just rows & columns.

33 Free MS Office Templates for Non-Profits

Wild Apricot

You've heard about some time-saving free Google Docs templates that can save time for non-profits creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations – but did you know Microsoft.com has a bundle of free Office Suite templates that are designed especially for non-profits?

Comparing Google Apps to Microsoft Outlook

Idealware

Like Microsoft Exchange, it provides email, calendar and basic contact-management services, while Google Docs—another component of Google Apps—provides file-sharing. Google Docs also offers the ability to access a shared set of documents, but the mental model behind the two applications is fairly different—while Outlook offers a library, Google Docs provides an index of shared documents that can also be opened for easy collaborative editing. PublishDate: July 2011.

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Why Google Might Be the Answer to Your Problems

NonProfit Hub

Collaboration. Pretty much every Google Drive platform (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar) allows you to work on documents simultaneously with your coworkers. If you share a document with multiple people and you all have it open at the same time, you can see the changes people are making in real-time, instant message with them and collaborate on projects without needing to meet in person. At Nonprofit Hub, we use Google for everything—and I mean everything.

Google Wave: “what might email look like if we invented it today”

Idealware

If you are Lars and Jens Rasmussen, the core developers behind Google Maps, you apply yourself to a different way of thinking about collaboration and communication over the Internet. Some things get a bit closer to real time collaboration.

A Note About Those Notes

NTEN

A reveal of the magic behind the 15NTC collaborative notes URL creation. For a number of years at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), we have created “Collaborations Notes” for each of the sessions. This is a Google Doc that anyone can access and contribute to before, during, or after the session. Ash Shepherd. Education Director. NTEN.

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Letter from Participation Camp: The Digital Divide

Influence

Service providers should conduct training on free tools, such as Google Docs, that are more widely available for those on tight budgets. Raw, collaboratively-written notes from this session are also available. Tags: Influence Collaboration Events Government

Clearing Up the Cloud at NTEN's Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit

Tech Soup Blog

Full-fledged applications that live in the cloud: for example, Google Docs , Microsoft Office 365 , Zoho , or NetSuite. A few that I noted were: Cloud tools facilitate real-time collaboration. kind of experiment include project management, collaboration tools and online publishing.

Observations and Reflections on #TakeBackThePink

Amy Sample Ward

You can read the summary of how the free agent community came together to self-organize and create a public action as well as a full report of the lessons learned and reflections on the #TakeBackThePink campaign in this public google doc.

Cloud Computing for Small Nonprofits: Lessons Learned from 5 Years in the Cloud

NTEN

There's a tiny fine line between collaboration and distraction. Collaborative web applications that have to be loaded separately in their own environment with separate login credentials have been extremely difficult to adopt. When we first rolled out Google Apps in early 2008 I had visions of a Microsoft Word burning party as everyone embraced Google Docs. If someone prefers to create a Word file rather than a Google Doc, that's fine.

Cloud Computing for Small Nonprofits: Lessons Learned from 5 Years in the Cloud

NTEN

There's a tiny fine line between collaboration and distraction. Collaborative web applications that have to be loaded separately in their own environment with separate login credentials have been extremely difficult to adopt. When we first rolled out Google Apps in early 2008 I had visions of a Microsoft Word burning party as everyone embraced Google Docs. If someone prefers to create a Word file rather than a Google Doc, that's fine.

Making Facebook Groups Rock for Nonprofits – Guest Post by Miriam Brosseau

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Docs are like super-simple wikis, and probably the most truly collaborative aspect of a Facebook group. Because they are collaboratively editable, they are great for anything that requires a teasing out a group voice – agendas, statements or announcements, etc.

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Tools I use: basic workflow

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I love the collaboration features. And, like all consultants, workflow involves documents and spreadsheets, and for that I mostly use LibreOffice , although sometimes using Google Docs makes sense for collaboration. I was perusing Social Source Commons (something I don’t do nearly often enough,) and catching up on the SSC blog , and I thought it might be worth sharing with this audience what tools I use for basic consulting workflow.

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July Is Web Conferencing Month

Tech Soup Blog

Web conferencing excels where rich collaboration and close interaction are needed and teams are dispersed. Audio, video, application, and screen sharing (jpg, ppt, pdf, flash, mp3, doc). Don't forget – this month only, you can upgrade your remote collaboration with BetterWorld Telecom's nonprofit pricing for Adobe Connect and audio conferencing for 19.9 This post was authored by Salem Kimble, social media development manager with BetterWorld Telecom.

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Are you designing for findability?

SocialFish

Whoe LOC team helps add metadata to online docs #uxredux. Jill MacNeice – Design for Findability: metadata, metrics and collaboration on LOC.gov.

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Internet Strategy in a World of Ubiquitous Tools: Sometimes You Just Gotta Launch and Learn

Influence

Nowhere is this truer than in the online collaboration space. In cases where an organization wants to engage in collaboration online but doesn't know exactly how, they could certainly evaluate the options and do a detailed software selection to find the "right" solution. Tags: Influence Tips & Trends Collaboration Internet Strategy Tips & Trends Tools & Software

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The Launch Ticker = Awesome Way to Get Your Tech News Fix

SocialFish

It’s basically a Google Doc, continuously updated and curated by Kirin Kalia and other researchers. At first glance it’s just an overloaded Google Doc with a bunch of tech news summaries and links streaming down the page.

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Intenet strategy in a world of ubiquitous tools - sometimes you just gotta launch and learn

Influence

Nowhere is this truer than in the online collaboration space. In cases where an organization wants to engage in collaboration online but doesn't know exactly how, they could certainly evaluate the options and do a detailed software selection to find the "right" solution. Tags: Influence Tips & Trends Collaboration Internet Strategy Tips & Trends Tools & Software

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Open Source vs. Proprietary: Desktop Productivity

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

For most of that time, except when I was doing heavy collaborative editing with colleagues who are using MS Office, it is my Office Suite of choice. Google docs will take a good long time to make it to the point where the functionality begins to match either MS Office or OOo/LO, so OOo/LO is a very good alternative to MS Office if you don’t need MS Access, and have folks able and willing to make a small adjustment to use this tool.

The Social Sector Cloud

NTEN

Chances are you probably already do this with Yahoo Mail or Google Docs or Flickr or Salesforce or Twitter or Facebook. Tags: cloud computing Collaboration Infrastructure lucy bernholz Mobile Newsletter NPTech NTEN Web Sites Program Lucy Bernholz, Blueprint R+D. Once upon a time, just a little more than a century ago, every factory that wanted to run its systems on electricity had to build its own electrical generating system.

The Social Sector Cloud

NTEN

Chances are you probably already do this with Yahoo Mail or Google Docs or Flickr or Salesforce or Twitter or Facebook. Tags: cloud computing Collaboration Infrastructure lucy bernholz Mobile Newsletter NPTech NTEN Web Sites Program Lucy Bernholz, Blueprint R+D. Once upon a time, just a little more than a century ago, every factory that wanted to run its systems on electricity had to build its own electrical generating system.

Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts

NTEN

As we all know, the nonprofit tech community is loaded with smart and thoughtful organizers who give their time and efforts to help the rest of us do the good work we do. We recognize NTEN’s 501 Tech Clubs (local in-person groups) and Communities of Practice (CoPs) (online affinity groups) organizers are one clever and innovative bunch! We learn new community organizing tips and tools from them all the time.

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Attention #NPdataNerds: Report back from the first-ever Do Good Data Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

After much discussion about Etherpad, Piratepad, okfnpad, Storify, and other tools, we settled on good old Google docs. By the time we all arrived at the event, Heidi had created a separate collaborative note-taking doc for each session, and one that served as a table of contents.

Association Social Media: ASAE

SocialFish

3) Can you describe the internal collaboration workflow with other areas of the association (e.g. The content collaboration process is something we are working to streamline to not only make it easier for the social media manager, but also for the content owners/submitters.

Webinar Recording: Google Apps 101

Tech Soup Blog

615 KB DOC). TechSoup Webinar Recording: Online Collaboration Tools. During the month of October, join TechSoup.org and the TechSoup Global Network for our Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. Check back throughout the month for blog posts, webinars, and dispatches from around the world on cloud computing for nonprofits, NGOs, and public libraries. Earlier this year , TechSoup Canada hosted a webinar on Google Apps for nonprofits.

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Cloud Computing Tweet Chat Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Many participants agreed that sharing documents in the cloud over services like Google Docs simplifies working together: you can access your documents from anywhere and don't need to worry about the headaches that can arise from sending documents back and forth via email.