Here are three solutions you probably heard of before. If you’re not already using them, you’re missing out.

TechSoup – Technology for Nonprofits

  • TechSoup – Incredible offers for nonprofits from leading brands at low rates (even 50% off).
  • Zoom.us – Livestream your sermon, host church meetings, or hop on a video or conference call for a quick chat using this resource. Apply for a 50% off account discount through TechSoup. 
  • Remote Work Solutions – Read about and find the links to nonprofit resources for remote work during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Google for Nonprofits

It’s free. Collaborate better with your church staff and volunteers by using apps like Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive, and Hangouts Meet, so you can focus on what matters. G Suite for Nonprofits provides access to G Suite Basic, using your domain. Once your church has enrolled, here’s what comes with your account.

  • G Suite for Nonprofits – Help your staff/volunteers work together more effectively for free with tools like Gmail and Drive.
  • Ad Grants – Raise awareness, attract donors, and help people around the world using Ad Grants. Non-profits are eligible for $10,000 in in-kind advertising every month!
  • YouTube for Nonprofits – Tell the story of your organization’s work through video and enable Link Anywhere cards for your cause.
  • One Today – Simplify giving & matching with a streamlined mobile experience, engaging donors across social media platforms.
  • Google Maps Platform – Receive credits to further enhance how your organization displays community or donor location data on Google Maps Platform.

YouTube for Nonprofits

According to YouTube’s press page, with over one billion users YouTube is watched more than any television network by 18-34-year-olds. Those young people need to know how God is at work through your church. With a nonprofit account you’ll get free access to the following premium features:

  • Link anywhere cards let you link supporters to any external URL.
  • Call-to-action overlays can direct viewers to your website.
  • Donation cards can help with fundraising and to rally supporters.
  • Creator Academy offers lessons tailored to nonprofits.

Canva for Nonprofits

You can use Canva for Work for up to ten people in your organization at no cost. Saving you hundreds of hours and dollars each year. Your team can do anything from creating social media graphics, website banners, newsletters, presentation materials, print banners, and so much more on this premium service!

  • Upload your own photos and logos.
  • Share your designs with your Canva team members to preview or edit the design.
  • Create brand consistency by setting your organization’s default fonts, colors, and creating templates for your team.
  • When you’re ready to design print pieces, Canva will walk you through the process showing you how to fix things like keeping your design within the safe zone of the print borders.
  • You can even order your prints through Canva or download the print-ready artwork and order through your favorite printer.

What else do you need?

There are several tools available to non-profits at no or low charge. These are only three recommendations that are easy to use and will bring your church a huge impact. If your church is already taking advance of these or other like offerings, please contact Christina Dillabough, Director of Communications at cdillabough@dscumc.org to share your success story and how it’s made an impact in your ministry setting.

Click on the title of each item to open the webpage that brings you directly to how to enroll. Scroll through the whole page on each site and explore it. This kind of binging is a good thing! You’ll find that they offer excellent step-by-step tutorials and examples.

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Author: Christina Dillabough

Director of Communications for the Desert Southwest Conference.

The Desert Southwest Conference is a diverse and loving organization with open doors to a variety of people and partners in ministry. Celebrating our connection and diversity, we offer various resources. Content on this site includes information from other organizations that may not reflect the official policies or Social Principles of The United Methodist Church or the Desert Southwest Conference.

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