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April, 2011

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Google for Nonprofits and NTC Takeaways

By Heather Fignar

Does your nonprofit use Google? That may be a more complex question than you imagine, because Google’s reach is extensive: YouTube, Adwords, Google Analytics, Blogger, etc.

If you don’t know what some of these are, visit the Google landing page for descriptions of all the options.
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On March 16 (just in time for NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference - NTC), Google announced the new Google for Nonprofits program.

In the past, you had to apply separately for a Google Grant or YouTube nonprofit status. Now, according to Google’s website, nonprofits will be able to take advantage of the exclusive offers through a one-stop application process. If approved, they can get up to $10,000 a month in Google AdWords advertising, free or discounted use of Google Apps and access to premium features on YouTube and Google's mapping technologies.

This program includes:

  • A forum for nonprofits to share information with one another
  • Case studies detailing how other nonprofit organizations used Google tools to meet their needs
  • Educational videos
  • The Google for Nonprofits Marketplace, which connects nonprofits with professional service providers who have agreed to offer their services for a free or discounted rate

Once you’ve applied and been accepted, we can help you create a plan that makes use of the tools provided.

Other NTC Takeaways:

At NTC, we participated in the conversation about how nonprofits are using technology to communicate, lead, fundraise and change the world. Here are our primary takeaways:  

  1. Focus on successes – your fundraising program is already experiencing bright spots. Identify those and hone them rather than spend a lot of time trying to identify problems. This was the message from keynote speaker Dan Heath, author of Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.
  2. Listen to your audience and donors – what they have to say can be valuable in creating a message that resonates with other donors and prospects. We have seen this principle work just recently when a scholarship organization asked supporters to send messages of inspiration to students. The messages were so touching and provided some great content ideas for our copywriters.
  3. Integration is imperative - it helps you raise more money from more people. It also leads to multi-channel donors who are proving to have a higher life-time value.




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