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 you’ve never applied for non-profit discounts for your church, you might need an IRS letter with your church’s name on it to prove the non-profit status. The entire United Methodist denomination is covered by one group ruling from the IRS. To request a letter stating that your church is covered by the group ruling visit: http://umgroupruling.org/(S(rbvbk55ihqycruc5j0o3rq1c))/Default.aspx.
Below are several solutions you probably heard of before. If you’re not already using them, you’re missing out.
Zoom licenses through DSCUMC
DSC churches can purchase Zoom licenses for ministry much cheaper than almost anyone else. The cost is $120 for the year. That price is 50% off of the Pro License price, but the license gets upgraded to an Enterprise-level License. It also comes with Webinar for up to 500 people and toll-free calling. If you weren’t purchasing through the DSCUMC account the same features would cost:
- The Enterprise license is $360/year.
- The Webinar license is $1,400/year.
- The toll-free calling license has several pricing options depending on use so I can’t quote what it would have cost, but you get the picture.
If your church decides to purchase a license, you can do so in January using this link: https://dscumc.org/secure/for-desert-southwest-conference-churches/. Use the same link to renew for 2022 if your church already has a license or wants to purchase additional licenses.
TechSoup – Technology for Nonprofits
- TechSoup – Incredible offers for nonprofits from leading brands at low rates (even 50% off).
- Remote Work Solutions – Read about and find the links to nonprofit resources for remote work during the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to YouTube’s press page, with over one billion users YouTube is watched more than any television network by 18-34-year-olds. 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. Visit https://support.google.com/nonprofits/answer/3367463?hl=en to find out more.
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! Visit https://www.canva.com/canva-for-nonprofits/ to find out more.
Grammarly for Nonprofits
This is like your personal editing assistant. Write better emails, blogs, social content, and church e-news with Grammarly reviewing every word you write. Grammarly is more than just a spell checker, it makes your writing much more readable and to the point. Non-profits can get free access to all the Business features. Visit https://support.grammarly.com/hc/en-us/articles/360042140032-Eligibility-requirements-for-nonprofits-and-NGOs to find out more.
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.