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Last updated April 2021

Top 5 free and discounted Microsoft benefits for Charities

Across the board, registered Charities of all types are facing the difficult challenge of still having to maintain secure and compliant systems, but with much reduced funding and resources. The recent hacks of the National Trust, the University of Birmingham and the Woodland Trust are prime examples.

This article supports a ‘Microsoft First’ approach by providing information on 5 services Microsoft offers to Non-Profits to assist in building a stronger, more agile environment and workforce. As the Account Director for Charitable Organisations, and since the company I work for is a Microsoft Gold partner, I’ve been able to collate many of the benefits for Charities that I present here.

1. The first 10 licences of Microsoft 365 Business Premium are free.

The Microsoft 365 Business Premium licence is the ideal licence for combining security and compliance with productivity and creativity. Access to all the standard and useful Office apps are included, along with Advanced Threat Protection and PC & mobile device management, meaning wherever workers are and whatever they are working on, they can be protected. The first 10 licences are free, with any additional licences benefitting from discounted pricing.

More information is available at Microsoft.com/Nonprofits.

2. Get $3,500 of donated Azure Credits per year.

Moving your services and data to the cloud has many benefits to both employees and the organisation, but the costs involved can be quite daunting, which is often enough to put people off doing it. As a non-profit organisation, you could receive an Azure grant of $3,500 USD per year to access the entire portfolio of Azure cloud services.

Discover more about the Azure Grant.

3.Boost your skillset with the Microsoft Digital Skills Centre.

As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and the more you can learn about your Microsoft environment, ultimately the better off you will be. To this extent Microsoft have partnered with Techsoup to provide a selection of free courses that will help employees boost their confidence and skills.

Check out the available Techsoup Courses.

4️. Save money on select Surface devices.

The past 12 months have seen a significant increase in the number of people working from home. There are signs this is set to continue in the future as most charities no longer need an office space. This in turn increases the demand for laptops. To support Charitable organisations Microsoft offer a 10% discount on select Surface devices.

Read more about the Surface Offers.

5️. Improve the Fundraising & Engagement Process.

Crucial to any Non-Profit is the ability to raise funds for their cause by engaging their donors in the best way possible and at a time where the usual routes of fundraising are restricted, intelligent use of existing data is critical. Microsoft offer grants for their Dynamics 365 package that will help to modernise donor engagement and operations.

Learn about Dynamics 365 and Power Platform for non-profits.


This list only scratches the surface of what is possible when you delve deeper into your Microsoft environment, as there are lots of ways Microsoft have committed to helping charities utilise the services and solutions they offer.

Softwerx champions a ‘Microsoft First’ to achieve a robust security and compliance profile. In particular, Softwerx has extensive experience in helping Charities better leverage their existing investment and subscription with Microsoft, to not only improve security and productivity, but also to realise tangible savings by not over-spending on alternate and unnecessary third-party security solutions.

Many charities such as Kidney Research and YMCA Trinity Group have benefitted already from adopting a Microsoft First approach to leverage their existing Microsoft investment resulting in dramatic savings.

“In terms of Microsoft, Softwerx really does have deep-technical knowledge, but what sets them apart is their ability to articulate and explain all of the technology in a clear and understandable manner.”

 - Anne-Marie McCarthy, Executive Director: Finance and Operations, Kidney Research UK

If you would like to learn more, please do get in touch to arrange a Free Microsoft Discovery Workshop for your Charitable Organisation.

You can also view this on demand webinar Softwerx ran in partnership with ACO on Securing your Charity in 2021 with Microsoft.