Offers a suite of applications that includes documents, webmail, shared calendars, shared web sites (wikis), instant messaging, contact management and a Start Page for creating a customizable homepage on a specific domain.
Allows staff and outside contacts to communicate and collaborate online
It's all FREE and hosted "in the cloud" by Google, so there's no hardware or software to download, install or maintain. Email includes anti-virus software and spam filtering.
You can get up and running quickly, even if you don't have any technical experience, and if you don't have an internet domain yet, Google can help you register one when you sign up.
Google Docs http://www.google.com/google-d-s/intl/en/tour1.html
Provides a free web-based word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs that allow you to create and edit documents from anywhere and collaborate with multiple people at the same time.
Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template.
iGoogle lets you create a personalized homepage that contains a Google search box at the top, and your choice of any number of gadgets below. Gadgets come in lots of different forms and provide access to activities and information from all across the web, without ever having to leave your iGoogle page. Here are some things you can do with gadgets:
View your latest Gmail messages
Read headlines from Google News and other top news sources
Check out weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes
Store bookmarks for quick access to your favorite sites from any computer
Google Fast Flip is a web application that lets users discover and share news articles. It combines qualities of print and the Web, with the ability to "flip" through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. It also enables users to follow friends and topics, discover new content and create their own custom magazines around searches
Organize your schedule and share events with friends
See the big picture - With Google Calendar, you can see other schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online.
Share events and calendars - You decide who can see your calendar and which details they can view. Planning an event? You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar.
Stay on schedule - You can set up automatic event reminders, including mobile phone notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool.
Offers features for communicating with coworkers and the general public. Instant messaging — Chat with Google Talk and Gmail contacts in real time. Free PC-to-PC voice chat — Talk to anyone else for free who's online and has the Google Talk client. Send and receive voicemails — If the person you're calling isn't available, you can leave a voicemail.
Unlimited file transfers — Send files to your contacts. There are no file size or bandwidth restrictions. Gmail notifications on your desktop — Notification of new messages in your Gmail inbox.
Chat back Badge - Offer free live chat on your web site.
Picasa 3 http://picasa.google.com/ Organize: Manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had Edit: Eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more Create: Turn photos into movies, collages, slideshows and more Share: Upload seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to share with anyone.
YouTube - Nonprofit Program http://www.youtube.com/nonprofits
Video is a powerful way to show your organization's impact and needs, and with a designated "Nonprofit" channel you can deliver your message to the world's largest online video community. Benefits include:
Premium branding capabilities and increased uploading capacity
The option to drive fundraising through a Google Checkout "Donate" button
Listing on the Nonprofit channels and the Nonprofit videos pages
Ability to add a Call-to-action overlay on your videos to drive campaigns
The Basics - Best Practices from YouTube
Reach Out. Post videos that get YouTube viewers talking, and then stay in the conversation with comments and video responses.
Partner Up. Find other organizations on YouTube who complement your mission, and work together to promote each other.
Keep It Fresh. Put up new videos regularly and keep them short—ideally under 5 minutes.
Spread Your Message. One of the key features of YouTube is the ability of users to view its videos on web pages outside the site. Share links and the embed code for your videos with supporters so they can help get the word out.
Be Genuine. High view counts come from content that's compelling, rather than what's "hip."
Google Gears is an open source browser extension that enables developers to build web applications that run offline. With its local database, local server and multi-threading features, it can also improve application performance, especially with slow or unreliable Internet connections. Google Gears works across all major browsers and platforms and is currently available for beta testing and developer feedback.
Gears was designed to be used on both Google and non-Google sites. A number of web applications currently make use of Gears, including two Google products: Google Reader and Google Docs.
You don't need a computer, an Internet connection, or even the keypad on your phone or mobile device. GOOG-411 is voice-activated, so you can access it from any phone (mobile or land line), in any location, at any time.
Dial (1-800) GOOG-411. Say where. Say what you're looking for. GOOG-411 will connect you with the business you choose.
If you are calling from a mobile device, GOOG-411 can even send you a text message with more details and a map. Say "Text message" or "Map it."
Can even tell you the street intersections where a business is located.
For now only available in the US and Canada in English.
GOOG-411 uses listing information provided by Google Maps. To edit your business information in GOOG-411, you can edit the information in Google Maps.
Googe News gathers information from nearly 10,000 news sources worldwide and presents news stories in a searchable format within minutes of their online publication
Personalized News: Enables you to get news tailored specifically to your interests. You can personalize your own Google News homepage by creating new sections from your favorite searches and mixing and matching existing standard sections from the regional and language editions of Google News .
Google Alerts http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
TRENDS: Compare the world’s interest in your chosen topics. Enter up to five topics and see how often they’ve been searched on Google over time. Google Trends also shows how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News stories, and in which geographic regions people have searched for them most.
INSIGHTS: Compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, time frames and properties. Narrow data to specific categories. Could be used to broadly anticipate demand for service . See how search volume is distributed across regions and cities.
Google Custom Search http://www.google.com/coop/cse/
A Custom Search Engine is a tailored search experience, built using Google's core search technology, that prioritizes or restricts search results based on websites and pages you specify. Your Custom Search Engine can be tailored to reflect your point of view or area of expertise. With a Custom Search Engine, you can:
Apply your website's look and feel to the search results page.
Provide search refinements within results pages to make it easier for searchers to find the information they're looking for.
Invite friends and trusted users to co-edit and contribute to your search engine.
Once you've defined your search engine index, Google will give you a simple piece of code for a search box to place on your site or blog. You'll then have the option to choose various customization options to make the look and feel and functionality of your search engine your own.
Area Code: To see the geographical location for any U.S. telephone area code, just type the three-digit area code into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.
Local Time: To see the time in most cities, type in time and the name of the city.
Weather: Type weather followed by the city and state, U.S. zip code, or city and country.
Calculator: Simply enter the calculation you'd like done into the search box.
Unit Conversion: Convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and volume among many others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box.
Dictionary: To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word define then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type define: followed by a word or phrase.
Spell Checker: Automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”.
Google AdWords enables advertisers to reach the people who are interested in their products or services. Advertisers use our automated tools, often with little or no assistance, to create ads, place bids to serve their ads, select the types of sites where they'd like their ads to appear, and set daily spending budgets.
The Google Grants program provides free AdWords advertising for selected non-profit organizations to help them promote their websites via advertising on Google. In-kind online advertising account can be used it in a variety of ways, including general outreach, fundraising activities, and recruitment of volunteers.
Google Earth is a virtual globe that lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, data sets and more. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
Google Earth Enterprise and Google Earth Pro enable businesses and organizations to harness the power of the Google Earth platform to integrate, organize and publish their organization's location data, and/or support strategic decision-making based on locational datasets. Google Earth provides a powerful, intuitive platform for supporting government agencies and empowering citizens in sharing and accessing geographic information for critical needs such as disaster relief and emergency assistance. A FREE upgrade to Google Earth Pro (valued at $400) is available to qualified non-profit organizations.
Google Earth - examples Real Time Earthquakes More map examples - http://earth.google.com/outreach/showcase.html US Unemployment 2008 Appalachian Mountaintop Removal
Google SketchUp Pro http://sketchup.google.com/
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.
Get started right away: Most people get rolling with SketchUp in just a few minutes. Dozens of video tutorials, an extensive Help Center and a worldwide user community are available.
Model anything you can imagine: Then export an animation and share it on YouTube.
Get models online for free: You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need.
Google Wave is a real-time communication platform. It combines aspects of email, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking, and project management to build an in-browser communication client.
Real-time: See what someone else is typing, character-by-character.
Embeddability: Waves can be embedded on any blog or website.
Applications and Extensions: Developers can build their own apps within waves.
Wiki functionality: Anything written within a Google Wave can be edited by anyone else, because all conversations within the platform are shared.
Open source: The code will be open source, to foster innovation and adoption.
Playback: You can playback any part of the wave to see what was said.
Natural language: Google Wave can autocorrect your spelling or auto-translate on-the-fly.
Drag-and-drop file sharing: No attachments; just drag your file and drop it inside Google Wave and everyone will have access.