For most nonprofit organizations (NGOs) around the world, the web is a vital platform for improving visibility, raising awareness, and connecting with their stakeholders, donors and volunteers. Often, one of the big decisions relates to the need to spend to acquire technology when there are so many competing demands for funding and resources.
As well as South Africa, the Google for Nonprofits programme is also available in Kenya and Botswana.
Google has announced its collaboration with TechSoup Global to bring Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) to South Africa! From today, South African NPOs that are registered with the Department of Social Development can now apply to join the programme, which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:
- Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising (up to USD $10,000 per month) to promote their websites on Google through keyword targeting.
- Google Apps for Nonprofits: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite (Gmail, Docs, Forms, Calendar and more), so they can run their email and important documents in the cloud and work collaboratively on documents while dramatically reducing IT costs.
- YouTube for Nonprofits: With premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, and increased uploading capacity.
Earlier this year, Google launched the Google Academy for NGOs in South Africa, where Google hosted a series of workshops in South Africa, training nonprofits on how to harness the power of the web to work smarter and better. Google met with more than 130 NGOs from Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, working on a range of issues such as youth empowerment, breast cancer awareness, gender equality, democracy and good governance .
You have a choice of three languages to use when signing up: English, isiZulu and Afrikaans.
Source: Google Africa