Is your staff spread across several locations? Do you have a limited budget for IT support like installations and upgrades? Do your staff and volunteers want to do their work on personal devices like smartphones or tablets? Are you tired of maintaining an in-house Exchange server? Then Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit may be right for you!
Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit allows you to have the full capabilities and secure environment of installed software along with the collaborative, anywhere, anytime availability of the cloud. If you have some questions about going completely online, especially if you're working with sensitive information, read on.
Eligible nonprofits and charities can receive donated and discounted Enterprise and Small Business versions of Office 365. All versions include powerful features that can help you run your nonprofit more efficiently, securely, and less expensively. And because nonprofits come in different sizes and have diverse technology needs, there are five plans to choose from.
Office 365 frees up IT staff time by making email maintenance, software upgrades, and insecure information storage a thing of the past. It also deepens the word processing, data analysis, communication, and productivity features of the traditional Office suite that your staff is already familiar with.
Here are some of its key benefits.
Nonprofits and charities vary in staffing and technical needs, so there isn't a "one-size-fits-all" Office 365 plan. Microsoft offers two fully donated plans and three deeply discounted plans.
The two free donated plans are:
These free plans do not include the full installed version of Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). To supplement these free Office 365 plans, you can request the latest version of Office through TechSoup.
Office Standard is available to eligible nonprofits for an admin fee of $29, and
Office Professional Plus is available for an admin fee of $40. Both will work seamlessly with the free Office 365 plans.
Microsoft also offers three discounted paid plans to eligible organizations. These plans offer the desktop Office applications and other additional features. Your staff can use the installed versions of the Office applications on up to five devices per user. The discounted plans are:
Please note that you can't install the Office applications from one of these discounted plans on the same device as Office products obtained through Volume Licensing. This applies to all Office products available as donations through TechSoup, including Skype for Business, Visio, and Project. You'll need to uninstall any Office products that you've received as donations through TechSoup before installing the applications provided through the discounted plans.
Office 365 is designed to make IT tasks as simple as possible so you can focus on your organization's mission. For nonprofits without IT staff, the Office 365 admin portal lets accidental techies configure settings and customize user licenses, permissions, and services according to their staff's needs.
Volume-licensed desktop versions of Microsoft Office requested through TechSoup are not compatible with retail or "click-to-run" versions of Office software, such as Office 365.
To find out if your organization is eligible to receive donated and discounted versions of Office 365 Nonprofit, visit
the Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit site.
TechSoup has developed a
list of consultants experienced in helping nonprofits and charities understand whether Office 365 Nonprofit is right for them. They can help you assess your current setup, help you migrate to Office 365, and provide ongoing support.
To determine if your organization is eligible to receive one of the Office 365 Nonprofit offers, see Microsoft's
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