If you’re operating a not for profit organisation you can take advantage of free offers that are generally not available for individuals and for-profit businesses. Microsoft actually offers non-profits free funded services, such as access to Microsoft Office 365, including Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Azure. 

This post will take a look at some of the software and services available for your not for profit organisation so you and your team members can start taking advantage of these free services today. 

Microsoft Office 365 for Non-Profits 

Not for profit organisations can gain access to Microsoft Office 365 E1 completely free with no limit on the number of users. Your team can use the web versions of the applications, which are comprised of Word, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook. For those NFPs with limited budgets or those just getting off the ground, this is a great entry-level option to get you started.   

For more established NFPs Microsoft 365 Business Premium will likely be a better fit. With this upgraded version, the first 10 users are completely free, then you only need to pay around $6 per month for each additional user beyond the first 10. The price is normally nearly $30 per user per month so close to an 80% saving. 

With Business Premium you can access all the apps and services the Microsoft Office Suite provides with no limitations. This also includes mobile apps so you can manage your files from anywhere, comprehensive security to defend against cyber-threats, 1 TB of cloud storage on OneDrive, and encryption to protect sensitive information. 

Access To Microsoft Teams Is Included In Business Premium

Microsoft Teams is a fantastic collaboration tool that’s included in the Office 365 Business Edition. Not only does the service offer the ability to add a VoIP phone system, but your team also collaborate in the following ways with ease:

  • Group chat
  • Sharing of information
  • Document sharing
  • One-on-One chat
  • And more…

If you’re operating VoIP phone systems, then Microsoft Teams for a non-profit organisation is a must-have solution for collaboration, teamwork, and streamlining your operations. With VoIP calling, you can literally replace your non-profit organisation’s entire phone system with Teams’ managed cloud-based service. This will save you money on your telecommunications expenses, which is always great news for non-profits. 

It works by using a feature of Office 365 called the Microsoft 365 Phone System. Members of your team can send and receive calls from landlines as well as mobile phones. All the standard phone features are included, such as call waiting, forwarding, voicemail, and so on. You can even video call with Microsoft teams. 

For not for profit organisations, taking advantage of everything Microsoft Teams has to offer will not only make life easier for everyone but save you money as well. 

Up to $3500 USD In Azure Credit Every Year

If the donations from Microsoft outlined above weren’t enough, they also provide NFPs the ability to use the range of services as part of their Microsoft Azure platform with up to $3500 USD in credit every year. From cloud server hosting to advanced analytics and machine learning, you’ll have the ability to unlock a multitude of innovative tools to help your organisation succeed. 

Microsoft Office 365 Training Courses For Non-Profits 

Microsoft offers product training courses for all of their software. Non-profit organisations have access to all the training modules at reduced prices. This is an incredible opportunity for every single person on your organisation’s team to become confident in using any Microsoft software you utilise. 

It can be daunting loading up unfamiliar software and everyone has to try and learn it from scratch. It’s so much easier when people are shown how it works in a logical, step-by-step fashion. 

Just some of the Microsoft training modules for non-profits includes: 

  • Office 365 Bootcamp 
  • Microsoft teams 
  • Power BI 
  • Excel 
  • Microsoft Word 
  • PowerPoint 
  • OneDrive 
  • SharePoint 101 
  • And more… 

With the best in business software available for free or at vastly reduced prices and quality training to back it up, you’re not for profit organisation will be well-placed to exceed well into the future. 

Discuss Your Options With Future IT Services 

For all your IT solutions in Cairns and Townsville, get in touch with the expert team at Future IT Services. It can be confusing to determine what’s best for your organisation, so call us to discuss your Microsoft Office 365 software requirements and we’ll be able to guide you on your options. Our IT experts specialise in both for-profit and non-profit businesses and organisations, so get in touch today and chat with our friendly staff. 

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