Google Workspace for Non Profits
April 23, 2021

Google Workspace for Non Profits

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Workspace (formerly G Suite)

Google Workspace is used by my organization for email (Gmail), office suite software (Docs, Sheets, Slides), cloud storage, scheduling with Google Calendar, and as an identity provider for other services logging in via Google SSO.

The main tools we use for remote collaboration are Google Workspace, Slack, and Zoom - without Google Workspace, collaborating and running our organization would be a lot more challenging. We heavily rely on Google Drive to create and file important documents for easy retrieval by anyone in the organization. Google Meet has been a good backup when Zoom isn't working, and we've used that platform for remote teaching as many schools find it more secure than Zoom.

One of the best things about Google Workspace is that many people are familiar with the Google suite of apps and Gmail, so onboarding my less technical team members was very easy and relatively painless.

  • Docs - creating a doc is as easy as visiting
  • Sheets - Google Sheets is a valuable tool for creating workflows in Zapier and storing small amounts of data in an easily accessible location.
  • Cloud Storage - We store a lot of PDF documents of sheet music, video files, and other large media. G Suite storage is relatively cheap and easy to access via the desktop Backup and Sync app which allows you to select which folders to store locally.
  • Drive - I have heard that the desktop Backup and Sync app will be deprecated soon. This app is a lifesaver for our org, so I'm hoping there will be other options besides the file stream app that doesn't allow for selective sync.
  • Drive - file ownership is tricky to change from a consumer user. Many of our files were originally uploaded by an user, and we'd like to bulk change the ownership to the G Suite company domain user. It isn't currently possible to transfer ownership from a consumer Gmail account to a paid G Suite user. The only means to do this appears to be downloading all the original files from the cloud and re-uploading from the local machine as the G Suite user at the company domain.
  • Passwords - it isn't possible to add a login to the Password Manager tool when logged in as a user in Chrome. The only way to add a password is to be on a site and wait for the automatic popup. This isn't a great user experience, so we use 1password instead. It also seems more secure to use a password manager that doesn't automatically fill in the password without prompting the user for a master password.
  • Drive
  • Docs
  • Sheets
  • Calendar
  • Gmail
  • For the cost of zero dollars, G Suite for Non-Profits has generated a significant positive impact relative to its cost. :)
  • G Suite makes remote collaboration a lot easier and empowers less technical team members to be productive and transparent with their work.
  • Drive makes it easy for us to share documents and files, transfer large media files, and track our organization's digital assets.

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G Suite for Non-Profits is free, so for any non-profit organization just getting started, I highly recommend G Suite. You get all the basic needs fulfilled - email, cloud storage, web-based document creation, spreadsheets, and more. This is a great package for starting an organization and managing your people with a simple suite of tools they will likely be familiar with and able to use.

I use Google Workspace in another much larger organization of 300+ employees, and it seems to have the same set of benefits. I'm not sure of a scenario where G Suite would not be an appropriate solution for the minimum of an office suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides), email, and basic cloud storage.