Google Workspace (formerly known as Google Suite or G Suite) is free for nonprofit organizations. What great news for nonprofits around the world! This collection of collaboration tools and software provides innovative solutions to assist organizations in reaching their goals. As an added bonus, many of these solutions are ready to go, meaning more time for your nonprofit technology helpdesk to focus on other pressing tasks.
A Google for Nonprofits church user may find the calendar feature excellent for organizing volunteer schedules, or a newer user may be happy to finally have official nonprofit email addresses. Wherever your organization is on its journey, Google Workspace for nonprofits has much to offer.
Before looking at all the features Google Workspace has to offer, you first want to make sure your organization meets Google Workspace for nonprofits eligibility. Thankfully, the qualifications are fairly straightforward. Let’s take a look.
Your nonprofit must be registered as a charitable organization in the country it is located in. For the United States, some examples of this criteria include:
Every country has its own rules, so it’s also important to confirm the specifics of the country your organization is in.
We mentioned a few of the requirements that U.S. nonprofits must fulfill before they are qualified to use Google Workspace. Still, this second requirement is important to note because each country will have a variety of different conditions. For example, in Canada, nonprofits must be designated as one of the following:
And in Australia, here are some examples of qualifying nonprofits requirements:
As you can see, each country has its own provisions, so be sure to review these before applying for Google for Nonprofits.
If you’re good to go on the other eligibility criteria, the last step is agreeing to the Google Terms of Service and Google for Nonprofits Terms. The nonprofit terms include a few points that you must be able to verify you are in compliance with, such as its anti-discrimination clause. This asks you to ensure your organization does not discriminate against any person or group in your regular course of work, including employees, volunteers, and people and communities served.
It’s important to read through both agreements thoroughly to ensure you understand what you are agreeing to. If you’d like a little help in this regard, our team at Computers in Ministry (CIM) is quite familiar with Google terms, and we’re happy to walk you through these terms and the whole Google for Nonprofits application process.
Now that we’ve gotten past the tricky part of qualifying, let’s talk about Google Workspace for nonprofits features and how it all works.
G Suite, now Google Workspace, increases the collaboration, productivity, and efficiency of nonprofits. The possibilities are endless, but here are some of our favorite benefits:
Even with all those features, you may not feel ready to move your whole organization over to a new set of tools. This is where you must decide if Google Workspace is right for your nonprofit.
Here’s the thing…it’s free for nonprofits, so why not give it a try? If it doesn’t work for your organization, there are plenty of other options available. At CIM, we frequently have partners who need to change the system they use for a multitude of reasons. It’s all about what’s working for you and what isn’t, as there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.
If you enjoy using Google but find that you want a little more out of your virtual workspace, Google offers similar upgrade options as to what they offer their business customers. These upgrades are not free, but they are offered at significantly discounted rates for nonprofits. Currently, each upgrade tier is around 70% off from Google’s business upgrade costs.
Our dream has been the same since CIM was founded in 1996: align appropriate and affordable technology solutions with our nonprofit partners’ objectives. There are so many free and discounted options available for nonprofits nowadays, but finding them and navigating how to use them can still pose a challenge. That’s where CIM comes in. We assist our partners by offering comprehensive:
If you’re looking for tech support that understands nonprofit purpose and drive, look no further than CIM. Contact us today to talk tech solutions for your organization!