Posted on 16 September 2020

Microsoft offer free services for not-for-profit organisations: what are they and do you qualify?

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As a not-for-profit organisation (“NFP”) we know you’re used to receiving donations, but what if we told you that you could claim £3500 Microsoft Azure credits annually for free as part of Microsoft non-profit programme, alongside free or discounted Office 365 licenses? That’s right, for free. Read on to find out more.

Back to basics

Traditionally, businesses would have had to purchase servers on their own hardware as their businesses grew or pay a third-party company to host for them. That’s where Microsoft Azure comes in.

To put it simply, Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that operates applications and services through Microsoft managed data centres, so you don’t need to invest in the hardware traditionally required.

Microsoft Azure provide a scalable solution to hosting servers through their own data centres. This means businesses only pay for what they need, when they need it. With no up-front cost and no requirement to purchase expensive additional onsite hardware, Azure also helps with cost efficiencies and lets employees work from anywhere using cloud technology. Win-win all round, right?

What are the benefits for NFP’s?

Microsoft offer free and discounted products and licences for eligible non-profit organisations, including Office 365 cloud services. Charities can also benefit by receiving £3500 for free to improve their technology capabilities as part of Microsoft’s non-profit programme. Did we mention, for free?

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the discounts and benefits Microsoft Azure for non-profits has to offer, organisations must:

  • Hold a recognised charity number
  • Operate on a not-for-profit basis
  • Only use the licenses for their organisation and staff

More details regarding qualifying criteria and exclusions can be found here 

How can Infuse help?

As Infuse are certified Microsoft Gold Partners, you can be sure that your organisation is in safe hands. We can offer deployment and migration services delivered by a team of professional, friendly experts to ensure your organisation’s missions are driven with tech solutions that are right for you.

To get started, get in touch with Infuse today: [email protected]