How non-profit organizations go Google

Thursday, October 29, 2009 | 10:46 AM


Each day, thousands of companies, schools and organizations go Google by switching to Google Apps to manage the way they communicate and collaborate, eliminating the traditional cost and frustration associated with IT. While IT infrastructure can be hard work for any organization, these costs and frustrations are often especially overwhelming for non-profit organizations with limited resources – which is why we offer Google Apps for registered 501(c)3s in addition to our solutions for schools and for-profit businesses.

Google Apps for Non-profits includes email (with integrated IM, voice, and video chat), Google Calendar, and online document and site creation, letting entire non-profit organizations share information and ideas more easily. Organizations with up to 3,000 users qualify for the free version of Education Edition, and non-profit organizations with more than 3,000 users are eligible for Google Apps Premier Edition at a 40% discount ($30/user/year).

USA Water Polo is one non-profit organization that has made the switch to Google Apps and was able to provide their 35,000 staff, volunteers, and players with improved email and advanced collaboration tools while re-allocating costs toward funding for their players, teams and members. Chris Ramsey, CEO of US Water Polo says: "With Google Apps for Non-profits we are able to provide a really high quality product at an incredible value, and this empowers us to run our own network without the cost and upkeep synonymous with a dedicated IT department." They have since moved away from their previous faulty mail system plagued by spam and server limitations and instead have found a cost-effective way to keep everyone in their global organization on a central network where they can share calendars and documents.

With over two million businesses using Google Apps, this is a great opportunity for non-profits to harness the power of cloud computing to improve the way they work, while cutting costs. Learn more about how to go Google for your non-profit organization.

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