Experience with O365 for Nonprofits?



  • Has anyone successfully moved a nonprofit to O365 with hosted Exchange, access to the Office suite, OneDrive, etc.? I was thinking about encouraging the church I attend to make a move to use the domain they own for e-mail rather than using addresses with their ISP. I know they have to prove they are 501(c)(3) and some other qualification requirements, but I am curious as to how well nonprofits enjoy using the service or if there is a risk of losing nonprofit status with Microsoft on a whim.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/philanthropies/product-donations/eligibility/

    I would love to hear anyone's experiences with any of the nonprofit plans.


  • Banned

    There is no such thing as a non profit plan. You get the exact same plans as businesses, you just get a different pricing rate after you prove eligibility.

    So, you can Get E1 free of charge.
    E3 is maybe $2 a month per user.

    There are no differences in features, you get the exact same thing.



  • I did this for a one man shop about a year ago and it was surprisingly painless.

    I think it took MS less than 2 days to get them approved once they sent their proof of status.



  • @Breffni-Potter said in Experience with O365 for Nonprofits?:

    There is no such thing as a non profit plan. You get the exact same plans as businesses, you just get a different pricing rate after you prove eligibility.

    So, you can Get E1 free of charge.
    E3 is maybe $2 a month per user.

    There are no differences in features, you get the exact same thing.

    I was going to say I think its the same thing except the company is expecting it to be free.
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  • Very easy to do. Fill out the correct form online and wait for approval. Not painful at all 🙂



  • O365 is O365. Of course MS has the discretion of revoking status. But there is no reason to fear that, no one has ever reported it happening ever before. Once approved, they'd be in a pretty PR pickle if they took it away.



  • @Minion-Queen said in Experience with O365 for Nonprofits?:

    Very easy to do. Fill out the correct form online and wait for approval. Not painful at all 🙂

    agreed - I moved two NPOs to O365 - Very painless and easy... and while there are no 'NPO Plans' there is the NPO Pricing. Basic services are free.



  • Based on past experience with licensing I imagine It should be painless... I got my last church approved for 501c3 licensing with very little effort. I can't imagine the approval for O365 is any different



  • I have done it for G-Suite for one of the churches that was our customer and it worked well and did not take much work and I migrated them in a week from Exchange 2007. They did need to get the 501c3 license first but then afterwards it was easy, Office 365 for nonprofits is pretty much the same way.



  • I have a number of non profits on the free E1 plan. Everything is the same except the bill. 🙂


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