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Five Tech Freebies for Nonprofits

Kristi-Lynn Jacovino
Kristi-Lynn Jacovino
Aug 7, 2019 • 4 min read
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As a registered 501(c)(3), there are a TON of free or discounted tech products and services available to you, you just have to look for it! Whenever I’m interested in a new product for my organization, I always do a quick Google search for the products name and “nonprofit discount.” You never know what deals you could be missing if you don’t check!

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Now let’s get to my top 5 freebies!

G Suite

This one is huge. If you’re familiar with Gmail (Google’s email service), then you’re probably also familiar with Google’s Calendar, Drive, Contacts, etc. Google bundles these into a great package for businesses where you can use your own domain name (e.g. mygreatnonprofit.org) for your organization’s email addresses, while getting everyone on a shared calendar, having all your business contacts in one location, and easily sharing files among the whole team (with live collaboration!)—and for nonprofits they give the basic plan away for free.

Now, there are some limitations here. From my experience, it looks like you’re limited to 10 accounts, so if you’re running a huge organization, this one may not work out so great (at least not the free for nonprofits version), but if you’ve got a small team and you’re looking for a little more consistency and collaborative tools, this is a great option!

I’m also doing a little disservice here because Google actually offers an entire suite (a different suite) of tools for nonprofits including getting Ad Grants, a YouTube Nonprofit program, Google Donations, and a bunch more stuff!

Check it all out here: https://www.google.com/nonprofits/

Slack

You know that messaging service that eeeeeveryone is talking about these days? Yep, that one. Slack is a great for teams that are both in house and remote. It touts itself as an email eliminator (sorry Google) since everyone can chat in real time. One of its best features is the ability to create ‘channels’ which are basically topical chatrooms, and you can have open channels or private channels and invite whomever you need, even guests.

Slack is free for nonprofits with up to 250 users, if you need more than that (which, damn, good for you) they offer an 85% discount which is still a great deal. The only stipulation is that to get the discount, you have to register with an organization called TechSoup, but even that’s not a bad thing. TechSoup has relationships with a bunch of other tech companies so once you’re registered with them, you’ll find a bunch of other great free services available for nonprofits.

Check out Slack for nonprofits here: https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/204368833-Slack-for-Nonprofits

Microsoft 365

If you’re a PC org, you might rely heavily on Microsoft’s suite of Office tools. Well, you’re in luck! You can also get Microsoft 365 for free for your nonprofit! It’s hard to tell what the limitations are from their site, and the approval process can take up to 20 days, but it’s a great deal if you want to be able to share files among the team and stick with Microsoft’s suite of products!

Check it out here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/nonprofits/microsoft-365

Dreamhost

If you’ve got a small nonprofit and a website that doesn’t get TOO much traffic, Dreamhost has just the web hosting plan for you! This is a great deal since even shared web hosting (which is generally the cheapest option) still adds up over time when you have to pay monthly or yearly. Dreamhost gives your nonprofit that shared hosting free for life!

It’s pretty straightforward to get approved, just send them your 501(c)(3) determination letter and you’re off to the races.

Check out the details here: https://help.dreamhost.com/hc/en-us/articles/215769478-Non-profit-discount


Canva

If you’re anything like me, marketing is one of those thing that I dread, but using a service like Canva makes it really easy (and actually kinda fun!) to create great looking graphics without having to buy expensive software or hire someone for every little graphic you need. It’s great for creating graphics to use for printed materials, social media, email newsletters and a TON more. They’ve got templates and tools that you can create all your graphics right on their website and you don’t have to be the world’s best designer to make great looking graphics to use on social media and in print.

It’s so easy to use, in fact, that I had 4th, 5th, and 6th graders creating graphics with it when I was teaching technology in Chicago. The best part, of course, is that Canva Pro is free for nonprofits!

Check it out here: https://about.canva.com/canva-for-nonprofits/

I love free stuff, and when you’re running a nonprofit, the last thing you want to do is waste your precious resources on services that you can get for free!

None of these services are particularly difficult to use which is why I love them, but if you need help getting set up or on-boarding your team, that’s what I’m here for! Check out my site at kristi-lynn.org to learn more about how I can help you grow your impact through better use of technology.

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Kristi-Lynn Jacovino

Kristi-Lynn Jacovino

I help organizations grow their impact through better use of technology. Also, I love cats and swing dancing and sleep.

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