Google for Nonprofits: Free Church Emails Overview

It’s Free

Unlimited free email accounts for churches! As a registered 501c3 Google offers you Google Suite for free.

So what is Google Suite?

Formal Answer: “G Suite is a suite of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google…”[1]

Practical Answer: Instead of using [email protected] as your church’s email address you can use your church’s website for all members of your church staff!

Which seems more professional and organized to you?

More than just email.

If you have ever used Google services for personal use before you are probably familiar with other products that they offer including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, etc…. all those really awesome apps! Well your church’s G Suite account is simply an enterprise version of what you’d use personally!

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Goole Docs, Sheet, and Slides are Google’s cloud-based document authoring suite. Like Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint respectively these three applications together allow you to author documents anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection. Major benefits for utilizing these apps is that two or more users can edit documents at the same time and they are always backed up and saved safely online.

Google Drive

Your thumb drive in the sky. Google Drive allows you to store all your church files online be it photos, graphics, documents, if it’s a file on your computer chances are you can store it here. Unique elements of G Suite over your standard user account is the ability to create shared file spaces so multiple members in your church can store and access the same files with their own user accounts. For example, you can create a folder for Photos and Videos so members of your church staff and marketing ministries can easily save and share photos they take over the year and access them for future promotions without having to bug each other for who has what.

Ad Grants

Have you ever made a Google Search and noticed that usually, the top four listings are ads? This could be your church! On top of providing your church with free email, document suite, and file storage you can also get $10,000 a month in free ad credits!

If done properly you can send thousands of user’s per month to your church’s website to engage them further.

How to get started

Ready to get started? We are! The process to signup for Google Nonprofits is fairly straight forward but can be daunting for the first time user. There are three ways you can proceed from here.

  1. Go Alone if you have what it takes simply go to Tech Soup and follow their signup process. You’ll need your church’s EIN, non-profit status paperwork, configure your domain DNS servers, and wait about 2-3 weeks.
  2. Reach Out you don’t have to go in alone. We have guided many churches through the complete setup process from application to setting up all the technical server stuff.
  3. Wait though not the most exciting of all the choices we plan to write a comprehensive signup guide in the future on how to self signup.


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