With the end of 2020, one lesson we all learnt was to expect the unexpected and then plan for it. The pandemic's financial impact is being felt across the board, including the not-for-profit and charity sectors. Although there is much positivity around the vaccine and the path to the "return to normal" it's fair to say that charities and NFP's need the digital world and some economic relief more than ever.
This article will discuss how your non for profit organisation can embrace digital and potentially access
Some key statistics as published by Pro Bono Economics1 this autumn painted the picture of where the charities top issues lay and they were all centred around financials.
In particular and in the digital space, the 193,000 registered charities in the UK are facing the below challenges:
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Source: Imperial College, Digital Transformation
Tech for Social Impact is a Microsoft scheme created to support Not-for-Profits. Grants and discounts are available for Azure, Office 365, Power BI, and more. Beyond being a nonprofit, there are five Eligibility criteria that you must meet to access these offers. For more information, you can access the dedicated FAQs page.
Leverage the $3,500 (at least £2,500) granted Azure services credits per year and access the complete portfolio of Azure cloud solutions and services. If you are thinking of using Modern Workplace (e.g. Office 365 and Microsoft Teams) there are further significant credits that you can claim.
Microsoft Philanthropies works with partners across their partner ecosystem to deliver solutions and services to drive nonprofit digital transformation. Navigating the scheme and applying, although very rewarding, is not straightforward. If you want to find out more and get your non-for-profit to start enjoying the benefits of the Microsoft Tech for Social Impact Programme you are advised to contact a Microsoft partner organisation to be guided on how to qualify and begin your cloud transformation journey. If your organisation is already on the Cloud, you can still benefit from the programme by applying as an existing customer.
Last year was tough for all of us, and the impact of Covid has been felt across all sectors, including non for profits. We are optimistic and looking forward to a healthy and prosperous New Year with Digital being an enabler for a better and brighter future.