Office 365 for Non-Profit Organizations

by Arman Obosyan 10. September 2013 16:38

Microsoft will donate Office 365 services to Non-Profit Organizations at no cost. This is business class Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online, and Office 2013 Web-based Productivity Suite.

If you operate or work for an eligible non-profit organization in one of the 41 countries (not sure about Georgia) the program is offered in & would like the full benefits of:

  • Professional email
  • Shared calendaring
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • HD video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • Online storage
  • Web-based version of Office 2013 Apps

And for a discounted price, upgrade to the full Office 2013 productivity suite across 5 devices per person, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Lync.

Announcement:

“Today we are donating to nonprofits and NGOs access to Microsoft’s best-in-class cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, enabling them to spend fewer resources and time on IT and focus on their missions addressing global issues, such as disease eradication, education and literacy, and environmental sustainability,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International. “Nonprofits operate in the same way as any other organization or business; however, many lack the resources to implement the latest technology. The donation of Office 365 allows them to be more effective and efficient in the work they do.”

“In many of the countries served by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), connectivity can be unreliable and equipment disproportionately expensive. Our Digital Divide Initiative aims to build professional capacity across our global network and help Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies that work in challenging environments to introduce technologies, such as cloud-based email servers, that are suited to their needs,” said Edward Happ, global chief information officer, IFRC. “Building on this, we’ve made available Office 365 as our cloud-based solution. The technology just works; it helps people do what they need to do. This means that the time and energy of the National Society is devoted to helping the vulnerable, not to managing its IT systems. It makes a real difference to humanitarian delivery at minimum cost.”

“Microsoft has a long-standing history of philanthropy, providing nonprofits with software donations and cash grants for the past 30 years,” said Lori Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft. “Office 365 for Nonprofits is a new, critical investment Microsoft is making in the global nonprofit community so nonprofits can streamline their IT and focus on doing more good.”

 

For more information and to apply for a donation, visit http://www.microsoft.com/office365nonprofits .

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