We are recommending that parishes set up their domain for email hosting with either Google Workspace for Nonprofits or Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits, both of which are available for FREE after registering with an organization named TechSoup. Please follow these steps:
1) Register as a Nonprofit with TechSoup
Register for an account with TechSoup to get started.
TechSoup is an industry standard for nonprofit technology services. They are the official authorizing agent for many technology companies to verify that an organization is a registered nonprofit, and it is the first step for you to take in the migration.
a) For GOA Parishes ONLY
GOA parishes may use the following special sign-up form:
To complete this form, you must enter your parish’s tax-exempt EIN. If your parish does not have its own, you may enter the Archdiocese EIN in its place.
b) For Non-GOA Parishes and Other Nonprofits
All non-GOA parishes and other nonprofits should register directly with TechSoup directly on their website:
You will need your organization's EIN to continue. If you are a parish of another jurisdiction, you must have a unique EIN for your parish, not the shared EIN of your jurisdiction.
Account approval may take up to 10 days.
2) Register as a Nonprofit with Google or Microsoft or Both!
After your TechSoup account is confirmed, register for a nonprofit account with either Google or Microsoft:
As part of the set up process for Google for Nonprofits, you will be asked to enter the TechSoup Validation token, which can be found here: https://www.techsoup.org/support/validation-tokens
You can learn more about TechSoup’s other free and discounted products at: https://www.techsoup.org/services
3. Sign up for Google or Microsoft's Email Service
Once the Nonprofit account with either Google or Microsoft is verified, you'll then need to register your domain for using Google Workspace or Microsoft 365 email hosting. Continue reading the following articles .
Next Steps: Google Workspace
Next Steps: Microsoft 365