Microsoft has Great News for Nonprofits

Sometimes being a nonprofit is difficult. Your team is usually spread across several areas and you definitely have a limited budget, especially when it comes to technology. Thanks to Microsoft, nonprofits no longer need to feel left behind in the world of technology. Qualified nonprofits can now receive Microsoft Office 365 at a reduced rate or even for free with the Microsoft nonprofit donation program.

". . . we (Microsoft) give, on average, over $2 million in software donations a day to nonprofits across the globe.” – Microsoft Corporate Citizenship site"

But why does your nonprofit need Office 365? Here are a few benefits that can take your nonprofit to the next level:

  • Always have the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote and Skype – all programs that your team is most likely very familiar with already.
  • Use business class email with your domain name to have a more unified look amongst your investors, peers and volunteers.
  • Nurture collaboration among your team with video conferencing and instant messaging.
  • Write and edit documents and contracts as a team with a multiple author feature.
  • Travel without fear of leaving all of your work behind in the office with remote access to all of your files – not to mention your teams’ files, too.
  • Always feel secure with the built-in spam and malware protection for your email and the protection of your data in the cloud.

It’s easy to find out if your nonprofit is eligible for this donation program. Visit the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship page to view the eligibility criteria. A few of the basic nonprofit qualifications are needed, like being recognized with charitable status in your country and having a mission to benefit the local community.

Of course, there is not just one option when it comes to Office 365 for nonprofits. Just like the variety of nonprofit sizes, there is also variety in the Office 365 packages that are offered. Here are a few of the features for each option. Read the full listing of all features on the Microsoft Nonprofit plans and pricing page.

Free Offerings for Nonprofits:

  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Essentials
    • 300 users maximum
    • Online versions of Word, Excel and more
  • Office 365 Nonprofit E1
    • 300 users maximum
    • Online versions of Word, Excel and more
    • Corporate video portal

Discount Offerings for Nonprofits:

  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Premium ($2.00 user/month)
    • Full installed Office applications on up to 5 PCs
    • Online versions of Word, Excel and more
    • Unlimited users
    • Office on tablets and phones
  • Office 365 Nonprofit E3 ($4.50 user/month)
    • Full installed Office applications (plus Microsoft Access) on up to 5 PCs
    • Online versions of Word, Excel and more
    • Unlimited users
    • Office on tablets and phones
    • Enterprise management of apps

Need help getting this process started or still not sure Office 365 is right for your nonprofit? Our IT team can help you understand Office 365 with your specific nonprofit in mind. They can also assist in installation, training and support. Call us to learn more.