|Google for Nonprofits Newsletter August 2012|
|September 4, 2012|
|Fall is just around the corner! As the school year fast approaches, stay tuned to our blog, website and Google+ page for tutorials and tips around online fundraising in preparation for end of year giving. As always, visit our Google for Nonprofits tutorials section to find getting started guides and access tutorials to help get your nonprofit up and running with Google tools. Read on for more about Google Elections, Google Voice Search and more. Have a wonderful September.|
|Q. Why is Google for Nonprofits important for nonprofits?|
A. Nonprofits change the world, and Google’s committed to helping you use technology to further your cause. Whether you’re a power user or just starting out, our tutorials and resources at google.com/nonprofits provide an overview of which Google products are particularly useful to nonprofits, and step-by-step instructions for how to use them effectively.
We’re pleased to provide in-kind product donations to any nonprofit meeting our eligibility criteria, as these donated products can be incredibly beneficial to a variety of nonprofits. You’re probably aware of some of these benefits, but be sure to check out how else your nonprofit can benefit from this program. Nonprofits seeking to spread their message and connect with donors can receive up to $10,000 of free advertising credits per month and premium YouTube channel features.
Many nonprofits have multiple locations, and sometimes this makes collaboration difficult. Google Apps is a cloud-based suite of office productivity tools (email, calendar, word processing, videoconferencing, and more), which makes collaboration quite seamless. It’s free (up to 3,000 users) for nonprofits. Our professional geospatial software is also available at no cost, and can be useful for nonprofits involved in conservation and other environmental concerns.
Finally, I’m a huge fan of our Google for Nonprofits (or G4NP) community. This is a valuable resource for both G4NP-specific questions and also information about the overall space of nonprofits and technology. Through the G4NP Support Forum, the Community section of our website, and our Google+ page, it’s easy to connect with other nonprofits, ask questions and learn from experts.
To learn more, go to google.com/nonprofits.
Q. Can you share any cool stories of nonprofit organizations using G4NP products?
A. There are so many nonprofits doing cool work with G4NP products, it’s hard to pick just one story! But one great example is WITNESS, an international nonprofit that uses video and storytelling to expose human rights violations to the world. Not only is it super impactful work, WITNESS has also done an awesome job at meshing freely available and several donated G4NP products to further its mission. For example, it uses a Google Apps donation to maintain productivity and collaborate across borders. Its branded YouTube channel has received millions of views, and it uses donated advertising space to bring attention to campaigns. WITNESS also leverages freely available Google services to measure and communicate its impact, such as Google Maps, Google+ Hangouts, and Google Analytics. You can read more about WITNESS and other great stories on our case studies page.
Q. What are some new features in G4NP that nonprofits should know about?
A. We’ve just launched two awesome features! First, our new website contains a wealth of new content and tutorials on how Google products can be useful to nonprofits. We now have a number of great examples of nonprofits that have used our products successfully and creatively. Be sure to check those out if you haven’t already.
Second, G4NP members can now have more than one user designated to administer their G4NP account. It’s always a good idea to have multiple administrators of your account in case you’re travelling or on vacation. Please encourage a colleague to request access to your organization’s G4NP account.
And, please be sure to stay tuned for more new features coming soon!
Q. Where can nonprofits go to find resources and support for G4NP?
A. There are lots of ways to get resources and support! For general information about our program and Google products, the best first step is checking out the content we provide at google.com/nonprofits—it’s tailored just for you. Specific in-depth resources for each product (e.g. YouTube) can be found at each product’s website. If you’re stuck or want to bounce ideas off our community (or share best practices with your peers), you can also participate in our User Forum. For specific questions relating to your organization’s G4NP account, please don’t post personal information in the User Forum—instead, kindly contact our team via the help center.
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