Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 11:44 AM
As regular readers of this blog and Google enthusiasts know, Google offers a non-profit version of Google Apps, a suite of communication, collaboration, and publishing tools. One valuable component of Google Apps is Google Docs; Google Docs gives your group the ability to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, all without managing attachments. This can help your organization be more efficient internally and externally, while also saving money.
You can check out real user examples on the Google Docs website. We love this story from a New Orleans volunteer organization that is putting Google Docs to work for their needs:
"We are using Google Docs to share info with other volunteers in our neighborhood association in New Orleans. We have "Block Captains" who each compile data on infrastructure issues related to Hurricane Katrina so that we can accelerate rebuilding our homes and our lives. One person uploads the data into Google Docs regarding the issues we find (like leaks and broken catch basins, missing street signs and stop signs). The spreadsheets are then shared with other members of the association, the Water board and the City so they can view the issues and address them."
This group concludes by saying, "Google Docs makes it easy for us to enter & is the ONLY way for us to share the up-to-date data." Read this story and other use cases from students, teachers, and more on the Google Docs site. When reviewing these stories, think about ways your organization could benefit from using Google Docs and the entire suite of Google Apps for Non-Profits to better meet your mission.To learn about other products Google offers to non-profits, please visit our Google for Non-Profits page.