Google Apps

How can I apply to use Google Apps?

  • GCFA has worked out an easy two step solution to make Google Apps available to entities in the group ruling.
  • Send your updated group ruling letter to  asking for the Google for Nonprofits.
  • You will then receive an email with the corresponding directions.

To apply as a branch organization please follow the steps below:

  • Go to this website: https://support.google.com/nonprofits/answer/1699858.  Please read all of the directions.
  • Then click on the Google for Nonprofits application page.
  • Sign in to your gmail account.
  • Enter GCFA’s EIN.
  • Scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on Create New Application.
  • You will enter your church’s information on the following page.

 The authority to use GCFA’s EIN is limited to the following:

GCFA has decided that organizations included in the United Methodist Church Group Tax Exemption Ruling are authorized to use GCFA’s Employer Identification Number (“EIN”) to enroll in the Google for Nonprofits Program as a “branch organization.”

(1)    The organization must have a letter from GCFA certifying its inclusion in the group ruling.  (If the letter from GCFA is dated within the past five years, that will be sufficient.) and

(2)    GCFA’s EIN may not be used for any purposes other than enrolling in the Google for Nonprofits Program.

We reserve the right to revoke this authority at any time and to notify Google that our EIN cannot be used for enrolling in its program.  We will do this if we become aware of abuse with our EIN.

We also ask that you refrain from publicizing GCFA’s EIN to the general public via any type of message board or blog.

We would be grateful for your assistance in complying with these guidelines because we believe these guidelines will enable us to achieve the two very important goals of making these Google products available to our Church organizations and protecting the legal interests of GCFA and these very same organizations.


January 6, 2013

From GCFA Legal:

I recently received email messages from you regarding the status of the Google issue.  But before I get to that, I want to emphasize again that GCFA shares your desire that annual conferences and local churches be able to benefit from Google’s generous program.  And we clearly communicated this in our recent letter to Google.  As I’ve said before, the issue for us is how to balance this desire with our obligation to protect the legal interests of GCFA and the denomination as a whole.

Unfortunately, Google has not yet responded to our letter.  Nonetheless, the letter clearly advised them of our concerns.  And until we hear back from them, we have developed a compromise solution.

Specifically, we have decided that organizations included in the United Methodist Church Group Tax Exemption Ruling are authorized to use GCFA’s Employer Identification Number (“EIN”) to enroll in the Google for Nonprofits Program as a “branch organization.”

This authority to use GCFA’s EIN is limited to the following:

(1)  The organization must have a letter from GCFA certifying its inclusion in the group ruling.  (If the letter from GCFA is dated within the past five years, that will be sufficient) and

(2)  GCFA’s EIN may not be used for any purposes other than enrolling in the Google for Nonprofits Program.

We reserve the right to revoke this authority at any time and to notify Google that our EIN cannot be used for enrolling in its program.  We will do this if we become aware of abuse with our EIN.  (For example, not so long ago GCFA had to obtain a new EIN because its improper use by United Methodist and other organizations caused GCFA (and those organizations) substantial difficulties with the IRS.)

We also ask that your members refrain from publicizing GCFA’s EIN to the general public.  (For example, at least one person has included GCFA’s EIN in a public posting in the Google for Nonprofit’s Support Forum.)

We would be grateful for UMITA’s assistance in encouraging United Methodist organizations to comply with these guidelines because we believe these guidelines will enable us to achieve the two very important goals discussed above of making these Google products available to our Church organizations and protecting the legal interests of GCFA and these very same organizations.

Sincerely,

Dan Gary
Administrative Counsel
General Council on Finance & Administration
The United Methodist Church