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Office 365 Nonprofit

There are many benefits for Nonprofit organisations to use Office 365 Nonprofit. In this article we discuss the differences.

Microsoft globally gives around $2 million dollars every day in software which is being used by nonprofit organisations. This is Microsofts way of supporting non-profit organisations which are usually charities.

Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit UK, ‘Microsoft 365 Business’ is now free for ten users and discounted for any above that.

What is Microsoft 365 Business?

Microsoft 365 Business is a subscription based, cloud service which is designed for small to medium sized organisations. It combines the familiar Office 365 with advanced security and device management which helps your team work anywhere with any device.

What’s included?

A Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit UK subscription includes;

Office apps
You get the premium versions of Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access which can be installed on all devices.

Email and calendaring
You receive business class email and calendaring software to define and coordinate your business.

Data protection controls
Admins can revoke access on devices incase an organisation device is stolen or lost as well as erase all data on the device.

File storage and sharing
An included 1TB of cloud storage means you can access your data anywhere and on any device.

Cyber-threat protection
Guard yourself against unsafe attachments, suspicious links and malware.

Administration and deployment
Admins can manage new PCs, users and devices faster than ever,

Dependability and support
Includes 99.9% financially backed up-time guarantee and 24/7 online and phone support.

What is the difference between Office 365 Nonprofit UK and Microsoft 365?

Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit UK has slightly more features than its predecessor mainly including better device management and security features.

Office 365 and Microsoft 365 feature comparison

Is my Nonprofit eligible?

To be eligible you need to be a registered UK charity to be enrolled onto any nonprofit programs. The exact words from Microsoft are as follows;

“UK organisations must be nonprofit or non- governmental organisations with recognised charitable status in their respective location: England and Wales, registered with the UK Charity Commission and/or registered with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as tax exempt; Scotland, registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and/or registered with HM Revenue & Customs as tax exempt; or Northern Ireland, registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) and/or registered with HM Revenue & Customs as tax exempt.” 

Check if you are eligible here

How do I register?

The process is very simple, you can visit the official Microsoft page where they explain the details here. You’ll be put into a queue where you await your validation. If you ticked all the boxes then you’ll receive an email with a link to your Microsoft Nonprofit Portal where you can begin assigning users and see any Nonprofit offers.

You can learn more about Nonprofit donations and discounts by visiting Microsoft’s FAQ page

Other plans

Microsoft offer free and discounted alternatives to non-profit organisations. To find out more then register your charity at Charity Digital Exchange.

There are currently three free plans and two discounted plans which meet the needs of various sized charities.

Free offerings;

  • Office 365 Nonprofit E1 (unlimited users)
  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Essentials (300 maximum users)
  • Microsoft 365 Business (10 free users)

Discounted offerings;

  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Premium (300 maximum users; includes the latest version of Office Desktop on 5 devices)
  • Office 365 Nonprofit E3 (unlimited users; includes the latest version of Office Desktop on 5 devices)


If you are a nonprofit charity based in the UK then choosing one of the options above is probably the smartest thing todo. Microsoft have shown their intentions to support charities in whatever way they can allowing charities to direct spending to better their cause.

There has never been a better moment for Office 365 Nonprofit UK organisations to take advantage of free and reduced services.

Call today to chat with one of our team members if your organisation would like more information and is interested in Microsoft’s nonprofit offerings. We’re always happy to assist!

We support all sorts of charities and offer all our services under our charity discount scheme! View more on how we support charities by visiting our charity support page.

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