Creating a presentation for your board? Wading into the end-of-project paperwork? Or maybe you’re signing up a new crop of volunteers for your non-profit... Whatever the task, odds are that there’s a time-saving template, free at Google Docs, to help you do more with less effort.
Browse the Template Gallery, or narrow your search by Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, and Drawings. You’ll find thousands of templates – some by Google itself, and many unique templates that were contributed by users around the world, all free for you to use and adapt as you like.
Here are 20 useful Google-created templates we've found, for example, to give you an idea of the wide variety that's out there:
Illustrate your data with your own custom graphs, charts, maps and more. Yes, you can change the colors to match the style of your own documents and presentations.
This simple document template for recording the minutes of meetings is suitable for any type of organization that holds formal committee or board meetings. It should be a help for those who are new to the Secretary position!
A very simple document designed to collect and share (via Google Docs) notes from your team meetings.
Keep your project team all on the same page with a shared communication plan. When everyone knows what to expect, when, and what they are expected to provide, you can drastically cut down on potential misunderstandings and get the work done more efficiently.
Customize the wording to suit your organization and replace the embedded video with your own (got YouTube?), then email this cheerful greeting card to your volunteers, donors, supporters and friends – and encourage them to pass the greetings along to others!
This event feedback survey lets event organizers collect feedback from multiple-choice satisfaction levels to text-box comments and notes, such as suggestions for things that could be changed or improved the next time around.
This survey tool allows organizations to survey their volunteers about their interests, skills, talents, and availability.
Creating an online petition for your cause just can’t get any easier than with this very basic Forms template. Edit to add your own petition text, and Google Forms will collect the responses. (To learn more, see Data Collection Made Easier with Google Forms and Spreadsheets.)
This template is a complete business plan – and though it’s obviously designed for use in for-profit organizations, many non-profits will find the format useful as well. It includes sections for an Executive Summary, Industry Analysis, Marketing Plan, Competitive Analysis, Financials, and a Social Return On Investment Statement.
Customize this talking head or make your own comic strips using this simple generator. Youth group leaders and other educators should find plenty of uses for this fun little interactive template.
If you’re new to giving public presentations, here’s a basic “pre-flight checklist” to walk you through the basic steps of brainstorming, planning, making the deck, preparing, and presenting.
Designed for small businesses, this timecard template will be equally handy for small non-profit organizations to keep track of employee hours. The spreadsheet will automatically calculate overtime and pay for each employee, but you might also want to use this to track the contributions of individual volunteers.
If you sometimes get blog comments or website contact through your website in a language other than your own, it can be difficult to distinguish between spam and valid feedback, or to know how to respond. Here’s a Google form with built-in “Detect language” and “Translate” formulas to translate that feedback on the fly.
This simple template will calculate the performance of anything where there is a fixed rate, different activities, and a time period. Non-profits who want to track, say, the hours of volunteer work that goes into various projects or tasks in a month, can use this template to create a graph of volunteer trending by date. And if you’re a real stats wonk, you can create more advanced charts to further analyze your volunteer activity over time and set targets for the future.
You’ll find a number of business card templates in the Google Docs Template Gallery. This one, part of the “Red Blocks” style set, is an elegantly simple and professional-looking business card that should work for most organizations – just edit the text and add a logo to make it your own. Printing your business cards on an as-needed basis is not only an eco-friendly, paper-saving choice, but can save your organization both time and money when an employee or volunteer needs cards on a temporary basis or to take along to an unscheduled event.
No fancy forms or graphics here, but a reminder of how document templates can make it easy to maintain consistent branding for your organization. Customize this simple template with your non-profit’s name, logo, and contact information, then you’ll be able to quickly create and distribute a professional-looking press release whenever your non-profit has news to share with the media.
Project schedule template for project timeline tracking. This one is from the “Marine Theme” set which includes a variety of matching templates, but there are other looks to choose from as well.
This easy-to-use travel expenses calculator lets you quickly figure out who owes how much for what, when you’re travelling with your team. it’s set up for four people, and I like how Google explains that: “Why four? Because that's the ideal number that fits in a car, to save money, and above all, the environment.”
Again, there’s nothing fancy here, but a very practical fill-in-the-blanks template for a travel itinerary “that even sophisticated travelers will appreciate.” Fill it out and share it with your colleagues and family via Google Docs, so everyone knows where you are. The template helps make sure that no vital details are left out – and it’s easy to update as needed if a flight is cancelled or your travel plans are fluid.
This simple template lets members of your team sign up for various tasks – collaboration via Google Docs means they can see what others have already signed up for, and you’ll save a whole lot of time going back-and-forth by email. You might use this template to coordinate events, administrative tasks, etc. – even to organize the tension-fraught duty roster for your office lunchroom! Just fill in the appropriate dates, names, and tasks, then share the document with your colleagues or volunteers so they can fill in their responsibilities and contact details.
That’s a sampling – now, what would you add to the list?
What time-saving templates for documents, spreadsheets, presentations and forms are in your non-profit’s toolkit?