Did you know that Not for Profits receive a tonne of resources from Microsoft for free? If you’re a Not for Profit and you’re not taking advantage of these Office 365 options, you’re missing out.
Here are the Microsoft resources available to Not for Profits:
Non Profits Get Microsoft 365 Business Premium, Absolutely Free
Microsoft 365 brings together the best-in-class productivity of Office 365 with simple device management and security to connect people and information in an intelligent new way. Microsoft offers a free version of Business Premium to Not for Profits, which is free for up to 10 users. If you need more than 10 users, they offer a discounted rate at $5 per user per month.
What you will need to sign up for Microsoft 365 for Not for Profits
You will need to provide proof of your organization’s eligibility.
Some examples include:
• Tax identification number
• Registered documentation from government entities (like a charity commission).
Check out the Microsoft Eligibility page to learn more about eligibility requirements and proof options.
Best Uses of Microsoft 365 for Not For Profits
Cloud Mail (Microsoft Exchange Online)
Microsoft Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It gives users access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks from PCs, the web and mobile devices.
It integrates fully with Active Directory, enabling administrators to use group policies, as well as other administration tools, to manage Exchange Online features across their environment, so it’s a wonderful email option for a Not for Profit! Since it’s hosted on the cloud, you can access it anywhere, and you don’t have to worry about your on-premise servers or downtime.
Files and Storage
The ease by which we access files and information is important to the efficiency and flexibility for any businesses, but especially important for Not for Profits. Utilising the Microsoft Office 365 cloud for all file storage, access and management directly assists flexibility and efficiency.
Telstra Calling for Office 365 is a cloud-based voice calling service for Microsoft Office 365. Make calls to landlines or mobiles from Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams – tools you know and trust. Empower your people to work more effectively when and where they need to, and provide a consistent, intuitive experience every time
Device Security Management (Microsoft Intune)
Modern businesses seek to give employees a flexible work environment with the ability to work on desktops or mobile devices, from in the office or out in the field, which can be especially important to Not for Profits. IT Managers and service providers have had to find new ways to manage and secure their equipment that is no longer restricted to use in a single location in the office.
Intune now allows Managed Service providers (such as Calibre One), to provide customers management tools to provision, deploy, manage and secure endpoints such as desktops, mobile devices and applications – across an entire enterprise. Intune integrates with both Office 365 and Azure AD to give superior integration, control and deduplication of infrastructure to manage devices.
Why Implement Through a Microsoft Partner?
Rather than get these services yourself, we recommend going through a Microsoft Partner. In addition to being a Microsoft Partner, Calibre One is also a Telstra Partner, which is a huge advantage if you want to implement Telstra Calling through Office 365, which we highly recommend for your VOIP and telephony needs.
You can signup via Calibre One on the Telstra bill, or direct with Microsoft. We provide professional services for consultation, design, implementation and support, so that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. Calibre One has been working with NFPs for years.
Northern Territory’s key health care provider, Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NT PHN), was struggling with poor network and application reliability, security and stability, with up to 50-70% downtime for 3-4 weeks running. Through a complete infrastructure migration to Office 365, Calibre One was able to maintain overall network and application service availability at 100%. See the full story here.
If you’re not using your free (or heavily discounted) version of Microsoft Office 365, you’re missing out on a powerful tool and huge opportunity for your Not for Profit. If you’re using the tool, but not utilising a managed services partner, you may be missing out on full functionality and capability.
Contact us to speak with a member of our team, and we’ll happily go over how we can help your Not for Profit take full advantage of the tools available to you!