We are recommending that parishes set up their domain for email hosting with either Google Workspace for Nonprofits or Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits. Validation of Nonprofit status for both products are done independently by third-party companies. Microsoft uses TechSoup, while Google uses Percent. You can register with either or both organizations for free. Please follow these steps:
1) Microsoft for Nonprofits
a) Register 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 a special sign-up form to register quickly and easily with TechSoup. Please email us at [email protected] and we will send you the link to the form.
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.
You can learn more about TechSoup’s other free and discounted products at: https://www.techsoup.org/services
b) Register with Microsoft for Nonprofits
To register with Microsoft for Nonprofits, visit https://nonprofit.microsoft.com/ and click "Register Now". Follow the steps to complete the registration. Once approved, you will hear back from the Microsoft Nonprofits team
2) Google for Nonprofits
a) Register with Percent
Register at the Powered by Percent portal to get started. Your parish MUST have its own EIN to register. You cannot use the Archdiocese EIN when registering. Here is an important article about the registration process:
b) Register with Google for Nonprofits
After your Percent account is confirmed, register for a nonprofit account with Google for Nonprofits: https://www.google.com/nonprofits
Click Sign In. Use any Google account to sign in. The system will then walk you through the steps to request access.
Percent will contact you for more information or documentation so they can verify your organization so be sure to look for emails from the domain @poweredbypercent.com. Most requests are reviewed within 3-5 business days. If you don't receive a contact from Percent during this time frame check your spam folder and then contact Percent customer support.
3) Sign up for Google or Microsoft's Email Service
Continue reading the following articles .
Next Steps: Google Workspace
Next Steps: Microsoft 365