Google for Nonprofits

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Is your organization using Google for Nonprofits? On March 16, 2011, Google launched their latest version of this program which offers several new benefits: Instead of applying to each Google product individually, you can now sign up through a one-stop shop application process. Google Google Docs nonprofit non-profit Non-profit technology nptech

5 Cloud Based Apps For Teams to Organize Events Better (and for FREE)


To help you keep track of files while keeping your sanity, here are 5 of the tools that will make organizing your conference a breeze. Many of us in the nonprofit space know how much effort goes into organizing large, annual events. Last year, our organization, Games for Change , put together the largest Festival in our 8 year history. Much of the organizing was done with new staff and new ambitions. Jeff Ramos. Community and Content Manager. Games for Change.

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Google Drive: Does It Matter?


Google Drive is still brand new and not without limitations, but its capabilities are pretty hard to ignore. On April 24, Google announced the much anticipated Google Drive service , a cloud-based "disk drive" where individuals and organizations can store there documents, spreadsheets and a host of other electronic files. That may sound like a big deal but organizations and individuals with Google accounts could do that already using Google Docs.

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Comparing Google Apps to Microsoft Outlook


The Google Apps donation program provides organizational email, calendaring and document sharing as a free alternative to Microsoft Outlook. Since Google introduced its Google Apps donation program several years ago, many organizations have adopted it as a replacement for the once-ubiquitous Microsoft Outlook. On the other hand, Google’s communications environment, Google Apps, is run entirely on Google’s servers. PublishDate: July 2011.

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Multiple Google Docs in same browser - Incognito mode to the rescue! (it's not just for porn)

Judi Sohn

Folks seem to be happy that Google is finally rolling out the ability to have multiple Gmail accounts in the same browser. All well and good, but it does't work for Google Apps or Google Docs, and it's driving me batty. I use 6 different Google Apps accounts.

"Google Was Our First Office": Managing a Worldwide Staff


"Google was our first office", Simi explains. They used Google docs to help share documents with the volunteers worldwide as they worked on the magazine. Social Media helps PresenTense manage their big community: they use Facebook , twitter and Google Apps.

4 Resources to Transform Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Strategy

NonProfit Hub

million tax-exempt organizations in the United States, comprised of churches, neighborhood associations, universities and charitable organizations. If you’re one of those nonprofits, you’re likely on a tight budget so you can use the most funds possible to achieve your organization’s goals. Fortunately, the internet is full of marketing materials that you can download and customize to suit your organization’s needs. Google Docs.

Guest Post by Seema Rao: How Museums Can Resist Racism and Oppression

Museum 2.0

Seema and I have started an open google doc to assemble ideas for specific things museums and museum professionals can do to resist oppression. please add yours to our open google doc.

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Join Our 2016 Digital Storytelling Challenge!

Tech Soup Blog

They become the means for nonprofits, NGOs, religious centers, and social enterprise organizations to reach out to customers and enhance their brand. May 3 – 4, 2016 — Around-the-world Twitter chat (sign up in this Google doc ).

5 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Care About Cloud Computing


Chances are good your organization is already using some form of cloud computing without realizing it. Mail, and Google Docs are all examples of cloud-based applications, also known as software as a service (SaaS). Image courtesy of entech.

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Aligning Your IT Needs With Your Org's Mission (or, Doc Brown to the Rescue)


In Back to the Future , Doc Brown gets the cable plugged in -- yes, just in time. While's it's not quite as exciting in real life, getting your IT aligned with your mission can be your sliding down the cable moment, just what you need to send your organization from 88 MPH to, well -- okay, so the metaphor isn't literal. And your mission is what makes your organization matter, so this really is a chance for you to help save the day. Intro to Google Analytics (9/24).

Survey: Less Than Half of Nonprofit Websites are Responsive

NonProfit Hub

Google recently announced it was altering its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites. Unfortunately, based on survey results conducted by Nonprofit Hub, nonprofits have a lot of work to do to make sure their websites still appear near the top of the search results on Google.

Observations and Reflections on #TakeBackThePink

Amy Sample Ward

Many Komen supporters expressed anger that an organization positioned to make such positive impact would allow for political influence and would make a decision that appeared to be going against the mission of serving women (especially low income women served by PP affiliates).

The Best Productivity Tools (Part 2): Favorites Revealed

Tech Soup Blog

We also showed how organizations can tackle the process of finding the tech that helps the most when you don't necessarily have the time to research. Nonprofits can also access Gmail for Business through Google for Nonprofits , or Outlook 365 through Office 365 Nonprofit.

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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.

5 Apps Doing Good for the World


This is a natural fit for the organization and they have plans for future apps focused on earthquake, hurricane, tornado, and flood preparedness. First Aid by American Red Cross - Google Play. It would also be great to allow users to ask friends to sponsor their personal fitness goals for the benefit of an organization the person is passionate about. Charity Miles - Google Play. If you regularly manage your organization’s Facebook Page this could be helpful.

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Nonprofit Engagement: Why Website Logins Matter


Think about the websites you most visit: Facebook , Google’s Gmail , Calendars and Docs , Yahoo , Netflix , NYTimes , Friendster –what, you don’t use Friendster anymore?

The Known Unknowns


I wasn’t all that picky about the tools I used—Microsoft Word was good, but Google Docs did just as well, and sometimes a pen and paper was preferable if I just needed to concentrate.

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


What do you do five years after shaking things up with Google Maps. 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. Google Wave wants to change that.

New Book: How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” The book offers up advice and techniques on how to make your online channels – email marketing, web site, and newer tools like mobile and social media work together in a sophisticated strategy or your organization to reach its advocacy, fundraising, or community building goals.

Creating a Community Resource Guide for Visitacion Valley

Tech Soup Blog

At TechSoup, we're all about community organizations coming together to improve the quality of life for citizens. Curt organized a small community team of neighborhood residents, nonprofits, and other stakeholders. Designate a lead person or organization.

How Do You Inspire Visitors to Take Action After They Leave?

Museum 2.0

The front of each card shares the action, and the back shares the contact info for the person/organization to make it happen. We started a simple google doc to catalogue these reports.

Association Social Media: National Society of Accountants


1) First things first – in what department in your organization does your role sit? Currently, NSA has a presence on LinkedIn , Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest, Google+, Flickr, and Tumblr and they are absolutely interlinked.

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


Editor’s note: With almost half of our staff members working from home (not to mention in different time zones), it’s time to start thinking of Idealware as a remote organization. In the past, we primarily used Google Hangouts for meetings between in-office and remote staff.

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11 Ways to Make Conference Planning Easier


As a conference organizer, even when the conference finally ends, you breathe a sigh of relief only to realize that you have to update the conference website, send thank you notes, and put out your next ask. What advice would you give to newbie conference organizers?

How To Accelerate Innovation In Your Organization

FI Space

For example, in my organization we are taking a very hard look at our procurement procedures and we are looking for innovative ways to streamline them. In my division, we’ve also taken a look at ways we can use virtual meetings and other online tools (Adobe Connect to Google Docs to Zoomerang survey tools) to lower travel costs yet still be able to conduct team meetings. Do you want to accelerate the speed of innovation in your nonprofit?

4 Ways Nonprofits Can Benefit from the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

Many nonprofit organizations rely on outdated software and legacy systems, mainly because of low funds and generally restricted access to cutting edge technology. Cloud technology can act as a great simplifier for many organizations, including nonprofits.

Can Nonprofit Organizations Work More Like Clouds? How?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The illustration above comes from a book by Rob Cross called " Driving Results Through Social Networks " which is about how to leverage informal networks within your organization or cross-organizational teams. We use google docs, chat, spreadsheets etc.

Association Social Media: ASAE


1 ) First things first – in what department in your organization does your role sit? How do you manage monitoring and responding across the organization? With all the organizations that I have worked in with regards to social media, it would be the education factor.

Case Study: Moving to Google Apps


Annika Billqvist, Office and Technology Manager, HandsOn Bay Area When I started at HandsOn Bay Area in 2006, the organization didn’t have a long-term technology plan in place and used many different systems for communication, collaboration, and data storage. The cost for this would huge for our organization, soI started to look at solutions in the cloud in order to follow the visions and goals in the technology plan. My choice was to take on a migration to Google Apps.

Email in the Cloud: A Google Apps Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

Interested in Google Apps but not sure how it would fit in your organization? Switching to a new system is always a big step, so I got in touch with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) who have been using Google Apps for three years. Google Apps is a cloud system that can manage your organization's email, calendar, documents and sites. Why did OCASI move to Google Apps? How well has Google Apps been adopted by staff?

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70 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nonprofit staff often need to manage and organize large quantities of web links for later viewing, and bookmarking via browsers is becoming cumbersome. It’s a creative, visual way to tell your organization’s stories of protest to your online communities.

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DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Amy Sample Ward

When people who work in services, programs, grant writing and fundraising, for example, all share their view of the groups in the community, not only can you start mapping the network but you can also have really rich discussions about the way different parts of your organization view the community.

33 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

It must be downloaded and is available only to nonprofit organizations. Google Internet Stats :: Google Mobile ::

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Chromebook for Nonprofits: Are Web Apps All You Need?

Tech Soup Blog

Like most nonprofits, his organization is always struggling to make ends meet, and lacks the resources to support its technology as well as it would like to. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can be replaced by a free Google Apps for Education account. Hands-On with the Google Cr-48 Notebook.

Case Study: NPower Michigan and Board Collaboration Tools


By Chris Bernard, Idealware When [NTEN Member] Andy Wolber worked for NPower Michigan—first as a consultant, then later as executive director—the organization had a geographically spread-out board of 10-15 members. 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

Community is even better when it's face-to-face: Check out your local NTEN 501 Tech Club!


Tech Clubs are driven by local leaders who step up to organize and plan group events with the support of NTEN. For about a year, Debra and team took over organizing duties, planning events approximately every month that always are networking-heavy, and usually also offer content.

Member Round Up: Summer Learning!


Which means it's the perfect time to invest in your professional development, and seek out opportunities for your organization. A $15 monthly hosting fee will allow you to embed a customized map on your website that clearly shows the regions your organization is impacting.

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60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ideal for activist organizations, CrowdVoice allows organizers to create “Voices” of protest where users can monitor and contribute links, photos, and videos of protests worldwide. It must be downloaded and is available only to nonprofit organizations.

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Cloud Computing Tweet Chat Recap

Tech Soup Blog

People had a lot to say about the roles that cloud computing plays in their organizations. I mentioned one way the cloud has been transformational in my work : it makes it much easier to collaborate with people outside of the organization.