Office 365 for Charities is Now Free

Office 365 for Charities is Now Free

That’s not a typo in the headline. If you’re running a not for profit organization that is a registered charity, you now have a huge opportunity to use Office 365 to improve your IT infrastructure. Office 365 for charities is now free.

Microsoft has announced it will be providing Office 365 for free to charities. If you’re running a not for profit, this is a huge opportunity for you.

Here’s the Opportunity with Office 365 for Charities

1.Upgrade your team’s effectiveness – Many not for profits run on substandard IT infrastructure and the efficiency of their teams is damaged as a result. Using Office 365 can allow you to implement a best practices email, calendar and mobile access approach without any ongoing licensing fees.
2.Get rid of Servers – we’ve seen many not for profits running Exchange servers in house for their email. These need to be replaced every 3-4 years at big costs. You will eliminate this and dramatically simplify your IT services.
3.Implement new software – Office 365 includes Lync and SharePoint which are two great opportunities to improve your organization’s effectiveness by using new software.
4.Everyone on MS Office 2013 – you likely don’t have everyone on the same version of Microsoft Office across your office. Going to Office 365 will change this and eliminate annoying compatibility issues. (Note: to use the desktop versions of MS Office, you will need to pay about $5/month per user which is a fraction of the cost most businesses have to pay)

In order to qualify for this, you do need to be a registered charity in Canada and apply to Microsoft as part of their “Technology for Good” program. If you are interested, please let us know and we can guide you through this process and the implementation.

Not for profit organizations are also eligible for a wide range of inexpensive other Microsoft software. If you don’t use this already at your organization, let us know because you’re missing another opportunity!

Storing Data Offsite in Another Country as Part of Office 365
We have been asked repeatedly about privacy implications of storing data, particularly health data, offsite in another country as part of Office 365. We have received information from the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office in Ontario that this is not an issue. We’re happy to share that, just give us a call or send us a message.

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