*They say people are losing their religion. And it might be true. Google Inc., which has been dishing out discounts and other great IT benefits including free products to qualifying non-profits for years, has decided it’s time to lose the God piece and exclude churches and religious organizations.
Christianity Today reports that Brian Young had big plans for his church’s IT strategy. But his vision suffered a serious setback this summer after the company changed its policies.
All of that changed in mid-March when the company launched “Google for Nonprofits.” The new initiative united a robust set of Google’s tools into one program, but it also came with new guidelines that excluded numerous entities, including schools, political think tanks, churches, proselytizing groups, and any organization that considers religion or sexual orientation in hiring decisions.
The shift caught church leaders like Young by surprise. As the IT director for Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Young spent two months researching Google for Nonprofits before applying on July 12. A rejection e-mail arrived the next day.
Read the full story at Christianity Today.