Eligible organisations can now receive donated and discounted versions of Office 365, allowing charities to take full advantage of the Cloud.

image_acrossdevices_558x272-p-500x244Is My Organisation Eligible?

Microsoft strives to make its software donation programme as accessible as possible to charitable organisations around the world. Globally, they give away more than $2 million worth of software to nonprofits every day.

You organisation must have a CHY number i.e. it must have been granted Charitable Tax Exemption status by the Irish Revenue Commissioners in order to be eligible for Microsoft Nonprofit programmes, and meet two other eligibility criteria:


Benefits Of Office 365

There’s a lot you can do with Office 365; here are some of its key benefits:

tickOffice Web Apps

With Office Web Apps, you can open, view and edit documents right from your browser on your home computer. With each Office 365 E3 subscription, your staff can install Office Professional Plus 2013 on 5 different devices.

tickHosted Email

With Microsoft Exchange Online, you can access your email, shared calendars and contacts from your PC, Mac, Smartphone or tablet without having to set up a VPN or remote access to your office. Office 365 provides users with 50GB of mailbox storage with attachments up to 25MB each.

tickDocument sharing

Easily share documents with your colleagues with SharePoint Online, which is like an online document repository in the cloud. You can even edit documents simultaneously with others, saving you precious time.

tickHigh-definition collaboration

Skype for Business is an all-in-one tool for video calls, web conferencing, instant messaging, and voice calls. With high-definition (HD) video conferencing, you can meet and collaborate with out-of-office staff and volunteers. Skype for Business includes a real-time note-taking feature so you can keep track of ideas and notes from your meetings.

tickSecurity and privacy

Along with built-in spam and malware protection for email, Office 365 also lets you add security to mobile devices. Your IT staff can manage and customise your organisation’s security options in a single console (a web-based admin centre). If your organisation deals with sensitive information, your data will be protected in the cloud. Office 365 is compliant with industry standards including HIPAA, FISMA, BAA, and others.

tick24/7 Support

Microsoft will provide 24/7 professional-level support no matter which plan you are on.

Choosing The Right Plan

*With Office 365 Nonprofit Business Essentials you cannot upgrade to the Enterprise plan (E1 & E3).

The free offerings don’t include the full installed version of Office (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). To supplement these free Office 365 plans, eligible charities can request donations of the latest version of Microsoft Office through Enclude.

More information on Microsoft Office Standard donations and Microsoft Office Professional Plus donations.

Alternatively, eligible organisations can upgrade to the discounted paid plans, which offer the desktop Office apps. With these plans, your staff can use Office apps on up to five devices per user.

To see up-to-date pricing and a full feature comparison of Office 365 plans for charities, just click the button below: View the different plans

How To Get Office 365

office-365-cloudThere are four steps for charities to get Office 365:

  1. Get your eligibility checked by registering for Enclude Tech Donations programme (which is free)
  2. (We’ll process your registration within five working days)
  3. Access your personal validation token in your Enclude Tech Donations Programme account
  4. Use your token to sign in on Microsoft’s website and download your licence