After years or decades of operation, your organization has likely carved out an operation style that works pretty well. But what if this process were overhauled to not only make your organization more successful and efficient, but still operate at a cost-effective level? This might sound too good to be true, but with the technological resources available today, there is no reason that your organization can’t automate portions of your team. Implementing the right technology would allow your team to focus on what is most important: your mission.
Organizations can miss out on technology services for nonprofits as they focus intensely on the mission and their service to the community. The organizations we partner with are so dedicated to their mission that it is pretty reasonable to see how they may not have the time to adopt new software, let alone have someone or a team manage the system by themselves.
While Microsoft is one of the largest for-profit organizations on the planet, they offer various services for nonprofits to be more successful. Microsoft nonprofit pricing is also affordable as they offer discounted and sometimes free services in some cases. There are also grants from Microsoft that all nonprofits can apply for with ease. If you are interested in getting your nonprofit more integrated with technology, you’re in the right place as we will explore all that Microsoft’s nonprofit portal can do for your organization.
Microsoft has made the ability to use its nonprofit portal easy for anyone. Before you can access the portal, you need to register with Microsoft as a nonprofit. Microsoft will review your eligibility, and this review process can take up to seven days. After you are approved, you will receive an email notification stating that your registration was successful, and you can access the nonprofit hub. In this hub, you will be able to use services at a discounted price. These services include Microsoft 365, Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365, all by downloading them right from Microsoft. If this process appears overwhelming, our team at Computers in Ministry will be able to help get your team set up with everything you need.
A realistic worry for nonprofit organizations is being able to afford the technology necessary to assist in its day-to-day operations. As Microsoft offers its 365 business basic plan entirely free for up to 300 users, there is no need to worry. This free plan only includes web and mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. If this is not enough for your team, the paid plans in this range are pretty affordable. The standard plan is three dollars per month per user, and the premium plan is only five dollars per month per user. These plans include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
If you are a larger organization, Microsoft still has you covered. Their E1, E3, and E5 plans are priced at $2, $8, and $22.50 per month, respectively. These plans offer a more significant number of licenses, allowing more people on your team to access the technology. The E5 plan, while the most expensive option, offers advanced eDiscovery tools, analytics, security, and other services to enhance what your team is currently capable of doing. No matter the size of your budget, there is a plan that can work for you. The biggest difference between the plans is the scalability. Larger organizations will benefit from being able to support thousands of users at a time. While the standard plans are better for more general day to day tasks of smaller nonprofits.
If your organization needs other assistance, Microsoft grants for nonprofits are available. Microsoft offers grants for their software through their partner TechSoup. As of April 4, 2022, Microsoft is changing its grant program. The grant will include 50 Windows professional licenses and ensure that nonprofits have access to the latest operating system and access to the Microsoft 365 Business Premium grant. Our team is also available to help you with navigating TechSoup, so there is no need to worry about any step of the process.
The nonprofit accelerator enables an organization to develop solutions based on attributes related to their business, including donor commitments, transactions, disbursements, delivery frameworks, and benefit recipients, to name a few. The accelerator also provides data models for nonprofits to keep accurate records of their key metrics. This tool is valuable for its ability to help nonprofits eliminate data silos. Using Microsoft’s services to allow data access to other teams so that everyone stays on the same page. Condensing all of this information into a single location is the primary function of the 365 nonprofit accelerator.
We do not want to be just another vendor your organization works with regularly. Instead, we want to be a partner in your work. CIM offers a range of services, from IT consulting to training your staff on using the technology you have implemented. There are a lot of options when accessing Microsoft’s nonprofit options, and we want to help guide your team through every stage of the process. If you want to launch into the future of what nonprofits are capable of, contact us today to get started.