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Greetings from South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Bulgaria, and Croatia!  In partnership with TechSoup, we are excited to announce that Google for Nonprofits is now available in these countries, servicing thousands of nonprofit organizations in the region.

Nonprofits can now apply to join the program (South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Bulgaria, and Croatia), which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:
  • Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
  • Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, and increased uploading capacity.

Many nonprofits throughout these regions are already taking advantage of these programs to recruit new volunteers, fundraise and raise awareness about their work. In South Africa, Hedley Lewis, Finance & Fundraising Executive Director at Smile Foundation spoke about how Google Ad Grants delivered a 25% increase in traffic to their website:

“Google Ad Grants has been an asset to our organisation as we have experienced a substantial increase in referrals to our website. Our online donations has been boosted generously and [corporations] have now been exposed to our brand and want to partner in our fundraising campaigns... Google has become our silent fundraiser.”

At Google, we’re inspired and humbled by such stories showing the amazing ways nonprofits make positive changes to our world using our tools. If you work for a nonprofit in South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Bulgaria, and Croatia, apply today to see how Google can also help your organization grow.

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Greetings from Turkey!  Today, we’re excited to announce that we are expanding Google for Nonprofits in Turkey. In partnership with TechSoup, Google for Nonprofits is now available and servicing nonprofit organizations in Turkey.


Nonprofits can now apply to join the Turkey program, which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:
  • Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
  • Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, and increased uploading capacity.

We're looking forward to partnering with organizations in Turkey starting with today's launch!

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If you publish anything online, one of your top priorities should be security. Getting hacked can negatively affect your online reputation and result in loss of critical and private data. Over the past year Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked. While we are working hard to combat this hacked trend, there are steps you can take to protect your content on the web.



Today, we’ll be continuing our #NoHacked campaign. We’ll be focusing on how to protect your site from hacking and give you better insight into how some of these hacking campaigns work. You can follow along with #NoHacked on Twitter and Google+. We’ll also be wrapping up with a Google Hangout focused on security where you can ask our security experts questions.

We’re kicking off the campaign with some basic tips on how to keep your site safe on the web.

1. Strengthen your account security

Creating a password that’s difficult to guess or crack is essential to protecting your site. For example, your password might contain a mixture of letters, numbers, symbols, or be a passphrase. Password length is important. The longer your password, the harder it will be to guess. There are many resources on the web that can test how strong your password is. Testing a similar password to yours (never enter your actual password on other sites) can give you an idea of how strong your password is.

Also, it’s important to avoid reusing passwords across services. Attackers often try known username and password combinations obtained from leaked password lists or hacked services to compromise as many accounts as possible.

You should also turn on 2-Factor Authentication for accounts that offer this service. This can greatly increase your account’s security and protect you from a variety of account attacks. We’ll be talking more about the benefits of 2-Factor Authentication in two weeks.

2. Keep your site’s software updated

One of the most common ways for a hacker to compromise your site is through insecure software on your site. Be sure to periodically check your site for any outdated software, especially updates that patch security holes. If you use a web server like Apache, nginx or commercial web server software, make sure you keep your web server software patched. If you use a Content Management System (CMS) or any plug-ins or add-ons on your site, make sure to keep these tools updated with new releases. Also, sign up to the security announcement lists for your web server software and your CMS if you use one. Consider completely removing any add-ons or software that you don't need on your website -- aside from creating possible risks, they also might slow down the performance of your site.

3. Research how your hosting provider handles security issues

Your hosting provider’s policy for security and cleaning up hacked sites is in an important factor to consider when choosing a hosting provider. If you use a hosting provider, contact them to see if they offer on-demand support to clean up site-specific problems. You can also check online reviews to see if they have a track record of helping users with compromised sites clean up their hacked content.
If you control your own server or use Virtual Private Server (VPS) services, make sure that you’re prepared to handle any security issues that might arise. Server administration is very complex, and one of the core tasks of a server administrator is making sure your web server and content management software is patched and up to date. If you don't have a compelling reason to do your own server administration, you might find it well worth your while to see if your hosting provider offers a managed services option.

4. Use Google tools to stay informed of potential hacked content on your site

It’s important to have tools that can help you proactively monitor your site.The sooner you can find out about a compromise, the sooner you can work on fixing your site.

We recommend you sign up for Search Console if you haven’t already. Search Console is Google’s way of communicating with you about issues on your site including if we have detected hacked content. You can also set up Google Alerts on your site to notify you if there are any suspicious results for your site. For example, if you run a site selling pet accessories called www.example.com, you can set up an alert for [site:example.com cheap software] to alert you if any hacked content about cheap software suddenly starts appearing on your site. You can set up multiple alerts for your site for different spammy terms. If you’re unsure what spammy terms to use, you can use Google to search for common spammy terms.

We hope these tips will keep your site safe on the web. Be sure to follow our social campaigns and share any tips or tricks you might have about staying safe on the web with the #NoHacked hashtag.

If you have any additional questions, you can post in the Webmaster Help Forums where a community of webmasters can help answer your questions. You can also join our Hangout on Air about Security on August 26.

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Greetings from  Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam!  Today, we’re excited to announce that we are continuing to expand Google for Nonprofits in Asia. In partnership with TechSoup, Google for Nonprofits is now available in these countries, servicing thousands of nonprofit organizations in the region.

Nonprofits can now apply to join the program (Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam), which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:
  • Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
  • Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, and increased uploading capacity.
Many nonprofits throughout the region are already taking advantage of these programs to recruit new volunteers, fundraise and raise awareness about their work.

CanSupport was founded in 1996 with the vision of a caring and supportive society where cancer patients and their families live with dignity, hope and comfort. The organization provides home care for cancer patients in Delhi, counseling services and training in palliative care.

"Google Apps enables us to work on the go, while being rest assured about our data security”", said Sindhu George, Head of Resource Mobilisation at CanSupport.

Using the momentum that has been established by organizations such as CanSupport, we can’t wait to continue partnering with organizations in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam starting with today’s launch.

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When Laura Palmaro was 10 years old, she woke one morning to find that the central vision in her left eye had all but disappeared. She was not ill and had no genetic issues—it was completely out of the blue. When she was 14, the same rare condition struck her right eye, and she began her freshman year of high school legally blind. Suddenly she was forced to depend on other people to read everything aloud, from school assignments to menus. The toughest part, according to Laura, was losing her sense of independence—and not knowing when or how she would get it back.

Laura has since adopted technological solutions to her vision challenges, using a combination of screen-readers and magnification software to read, work and more. Now a program manager at Google, she is following her passion, helping Chrome and Chrome OS teams make their products more accessible. “Technology has truly transformed my life,” she says. “Assistive technology can tear down boundaries, and empower people to find their independence and fulfill their dreams.”

We agree with Laura about the power of technology to change lives. And in order to support more people like her—people who see obstacles as opportunities—we’re launching the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. We’re putting $20 million in Google.org grants behind nonprofits using emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities, and today we’re issuing an open call to identify new areas of opportunity atg.co/ImpactChallengeDisability.

We’re kicking things off with support for two remarkable organizations. Each of these organizations is using technology to dramatically reduce the cost of and access to prosthetic limbs and auditory therapy, respectively—which could be transformative for hundreds of millions of people.

  • The Enable community connects people who want prosthetics with volunteers who use 3D printers to design, print, assemble, and fit them, for free. This dramatically cuts costs, increases speed of distribution, and meets unmet needs. We’ll support the Enable Community Foundation's efforts with a $600,000 grant to advance the design, distribution and delivery of open-source 3D-printed upper-limb prosthetics.
  • Diagnosing auditory challenges can be a struggle in low income communities—the equipment is expensive, bulky and unrealistic, particularly in the developing world. With our support, and a $500,000 grant, World Wide Hearing will develop, prototype and test an extremely low cost tool kit for hearing loss using smartphone technology that’s widely available—and affordable—in the developing world.

The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities will seek out nonprofits and help them find new solutions to some serious “what ifs” for the disabled community. We will choose the best of these ideas and help them to scale by investing in their vision, by rallying our people and by mobilizing our resources in support of their missions.



But of course, we realize there’s always room to improve our products as well. We have a team committed to monitoring the accessibility of Google tools; and we provide engineering teams with training to incorporate accessibility principles into products and services. That doesn’t just mean improving existing Google tools, it means developing new ones as well. For example, Liftware is a stabilizing utensil designed to help people with hand tremors eat more easily, and self-driving cars could one day transform mobility for everyone.

Historically, people living with disabilities have relied on technologies that were often bulky, expensive, and limited to assisting with one or two specific tasks. But that’s beginning to change. Thanks to groups like Enable and World Wide Hearing, and with tools like Liftware, we’re starting to see the potential for technologies that can profoundly and affordably impact millions. But we’ll all get there sooner if we make it a team effort—which is why we’re launching Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities today. Together, we can create a better world, faster.

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Greetings from Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany,Austria, Switzerland, and Italy! Today, we’re excited to announce that we‘re expanding Google for Nonprofits in Europe. In partnership withTechSoup, Google for Nonprofits is now available in these countries, servicing tens of thousands of organizations in the region.

Google for Nonprofits offers nonprofits discounted and free access to Google products. These tools can help your organization go further, faster, whether it’s working more efficiently, finding new donors and volunteers, or getting supporters to take action.

Nonprofits can now apply to join the program (in BelgiumLuxembourgNetherlandsGermany Austria,Switzerland, and Italy), which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:

  • Google Apps: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
  • Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels

Many nonprofits around the world are already taking advantage of these programs to recruit new volunteers, fundraise and raise awareness about their work.

Het Vlaamse Kruis (The Flemish Cross), a Belgian nonprofit that has been active since 1927, aims to ensure that first aid is offered in the most efficient way throughout the Flemish region. Recently, they have been using Google AdGrants to support their outreach efforts. 

"Creating visibility and promoting our goals is an important part of our mission since we need a continuous influx of new volunteers, financial gifts and other forms of assistance. By using Google AdWords we’ve been able to increase our visibility enormously resulting in a significant increase in website visits and requests for information via our website. Google AdWords for Non-Profits has enabled us to use a world-class service at zero cost to our organization," said Peter Jensen a representative from Het Vlaamse Kruis.

Using the momentum that has been established by organizations such as Het Vlaamse Kruis, we can’t wait to continue partnering with organizations in Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy starting with today’s launch. 

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Hola! Greetings from Mexico and Chile! Today, we’re excited to announce that we are continuing to expand Google for Nonprofits in Latin America. In partnership with TechSoup, Google for Nonprofits is now available in these countries, servicing tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations in the region.


Nonprofits can now apply to join the program (in Mexico and Chile), which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:

  • Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
  • Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, and increased uploading capacity.
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Many nonprofits around the world are already taking advantage of these programs to recruit new volunteers, fundraise and raise awareness about their work.

Vifac is an organization that offers women and their children shelter, food, nutritional advice, psychological help, medical service and certifications at no cost. Vifac has helped thousands of women with unexpected pregnancies in vulnerable situations. However, the organization was looking for help finding a way to connect with the women who needed them. This problem led to a partnership with Google.

“Thanks to the  AdWords Google Grant  today we have been able to reach over 500,000 direct beneficiaries and their families,  and help thousands of women in a desperate state of abandonment, poverty and hopelessness” said Gabriela Tejeda, National Director of Vfiac.

Using the momentum that has been established by organizations such as Vifac, we can’t wait to continue partnering with organizations in Mexico and Chile starting with today’s launch.

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Szia! Cześć! Ahoj! Dobrý den! Greetings from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic!  Today, we’re excited to announce that we are continuing to expand Google for Nonprofits in Europe. In partnership with TechSoup, Google for Nonprofits is now available in these Central European countries, servicing tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations in the region.

Specified Nonprofit Corporations, Public Interest Corporations, and Social Welfare Corporations can now apply to join the program (in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic), which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:
  • Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
  • Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, and increased uploading capacity.

Many nonprofits around the world are already taking advantage of these programs to recruit new volunteers, fundraise and raise awareness about their work. Google Ad Grants, for example, is one great way to drive more traffic to your site through AdWords.

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UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is a global humanitarian organization that develops programs to help children in more than 150 countries and territories. The most significant effort is targeted on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children everywhere. Through Google Grants, UNICEF has been able to increase traffic to the website, the charitable online store, and the amount of online donations by over 100%.
"Since we are a humanitarian organization whose activities are funded entirely by voluntary contributions, Google Grants has opened the door to new online fundraising opportunities that would have otherwise been financially unattainable. AdWords allows us to reach a large portion of the public that we previously weren’t able to reach. Thank you for these wonderful possibilities in digital fundraising", said Hana Čermáková, UNICEF Czech Republic Fundraising Manager.

We’re impressed already by how nonprofits are raising awareness for their organizations using technology. Using the momentum that has been established by organizations such as Unicef, we can’t wait to continue partnering with organizations in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic starting with today’s launch.

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Calling all Francophiles! What do you love about France? The wine? The cheese? The art & culture? Us too! But did you also know that France boasts more than 1.6 million nonprofits and 3,899 foundations? That’s why we’re excited to collaborate with TechSoup Global to bring Google for Nonprofits to France.


Eligible nonprofit associations and foundations can now apply to join the program, which provides access to a suite of free products and tools, including:

  • Ad Grants provides a $10,000 grant for nonprofits to raise awareness and target new audiences online.
  • YouTube for Nonprofits and Google Earth Outreach provide rich opportunities for nonprofits to create interactive content and visualize their impact.
  • Google Apps provides a range of enterprise tools -- from email to Google Docs -- that reduce technology costs and encourage collaboration.


Many nonprofits in France are already taking advantage of these programs to recruit new volunteers, fundraise and raise awareness about their work. Google Ad Grants, for example, is one great way to drive more traffic to your site through AdWords.


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S.O.S Amitié is an anonymous listening service for those who suffer from loneliness, unhappiness or depression and who may be tempted to take their own lives. Volunteers are listening on the phone and the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The organization is comprised of 1600 listeners who respond to 700,000 calls per year in France (that’s a call every 40 seconds).  Through Google Grants, S.O.S Amitié is able to gain better visibility on the web, attributing approximately 80% of their site traffic to Google Ad Grants Campaigns -- nearly 7,000 visits per month. S.O.S. Amité also has increased web applications for volunteers from 18 percent in 2009 to 46 percent in 2013. In addition, the organization has seen an increase in donations thanks to an ad campaign launched through Google Ad Grants.


"This greater visibility on the web, the ability to easily adapt our messages to reach our goals, is a great help to fulfill our mission," said Maxime Bonin, S.O.S Amitié President.


We’re impressed already by how nonprofits in France are raising awareness for their organizations using technology. Using the momentum that has been established by organizations such as S.O.S Amitié, we can’t wait to continue partnering with organizations in France starting with today’s launch.

Visit Google for Nonprofits to learn more about the tools and join the program.