office 365 charity benefits

5 Benefits of Office 365 for Charities and Non-Profit Organisations

This article is part 1 in our Office 365 for Charities series.

We love working with charities and non-profit organisations to make their IT work for them. Those involved in the third sector do such brilliant things every day it’s great to be able to say we’ve made life a little easier for them through technology.

One of the best technologies that we would recommend to charities and non-profits is Microsoft 365. It’s cost-effective and can make things easier. Here are our 5 ways that charities and non-profit organisations can benefit from migrating to the Cloud.

1. Charity Licensing

Did you know that charities and non-profit organisations can get their Office 365 licensing for free or a discounted price? Microsoft has a charity support scheme in which it donates licenses. Charities looking at Microsoft 365 Business Basic (which comprises of Exchange, OneDrive and browser versions of Office applications) can get their licences for free for up to 300 users. If you want to have access to the full Office suite with Business Standard, then its currently £1.50 per user per month, compared with the standard price of £9.40.

2. Mobility

A lot of charity and non-profit organisations have mobile workers, always out and about. By migrating to Cloud Services, technology is no longer a barrier. Microsoft 365 allows for files and folders to be synced across all devices and accessed wherever you are. You could begin a Word document on your laptop in the office and then complete it on the train on the way to a meeting on your tablet.

3. Cost-Effective

By migrating your emails to the Cloud and Microsoft 365 you will no longer have the hefty hardware costs that come with replacing your Exchange server. Plus, you will no longer have to worry about paying for the heating, cooling or power of that server.

4. It Scales Easily

If you are taking on more staff or are taking on a group of volunteers for a single campaign then it is easy to get them up and running with new licenses. It’s also easy to close their accounts once the campaign is over.

5. Security

Having your data sitting in a Microsoft data centre, with its full James Bond style security, is much better than it being in a server on-premise protected by a locked door and the odd security camera. Cyber security is becoming a real issue, especially for charities, so it’s important to know that your data is being protected. You might have sensitive data like information regarding patients or clients that needs to be kept secure.

We have summarised this blog up below in a slideshare for you to flick through. If you are a charity or non-profit organisation interested in embracing the benefits of the Cloud then please call 01675 469020 or email hello@acutec.co.uk.

Part 2: Is Office 365 free for non-profits?

Part 3: Should your charity migrate to Office 365?

Part 4: Office 365 Charity Licensing Comparison