Google Grants: Out On The Town (Detroit)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 | 1:57 PM


I recently had the pleasure of attending a valuable non-profit session in Detroit, presented by the NEW Center and CASA of Washtenaw County. This seminar, led by members of these two non-profits, offered demos of various Google products offered to non-profit groups free of charge. Most important, staff from CASA of Washtenaw County shared their first-hand experiences using Google products, especially Google Grants and Google Apps, to reignite their organization's online efforts.

of Washtenaw County has revamped their website, e-mail, proposal and document management system, online event management and other functions in less than three months using Google tools. By switching to Google Apps' shared documents, calendars and other collaborative features, Board President Marianne Clauw said they "swiftly implemented a sophisticated external and internal communications environment." CASA also had a great experience using Google Sites to rebuild their outdated website. Staff and volunteers at CASA found it to be a great tool with easy-to-use features, such as single-click page creation and templates to get started with. To hear CASA's story using free Google products first-hand, check out their video:

You can find out more about these free products geared for non-profit organizations at
Google for Non-Profits. If your organization is using multiple Google products and wants to tell your story, feel free to share it here. And you can always contact our team to share any Google Grants-specific successes. We love to hear how non-profits are using our tools, and who knows: maybe your organization will be featured next on our blog.