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By Jane Meseck, Director of Citizenship
Back in September, we took a new step forward to help nonprofits more easily harness the power of technology to do more good. Significantly widening the scope of our Technology for Good program, we began donating Office 365 to nonprofits worldwide.
Originally launching the offer in 40 countries with plans to roll it out in up to 90 countries by July 2014, Office 365 is now available in an additional 14 countries. Nonprofits in Argentina, China, Colombia, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Tunisia, and Ukraine can now request a donation of Office 365. There’s no cap on the number of nonprofit employees who can get on board, whether the organization has 10 employees or thousands.
Seamlessly accessing information from anywhere across multiple devices is essential to allowing nonprofit Splash focus on what’s most important — providing clean, safe drinking water to vulnerable children around the world.
Splash provides clean drinking water to youth in Thailand and five other countries.
Before adopting Office 365, Splash was spending more time scheduling meetings and addressing inefficiencies than figuring out how to clean water for young people. With offices in seven countries, contact with international staff presented a particular challenge.
Office 365 changed all that for Splash, allowing the staff to worry less about technology and focus more on their vital roles in achieving the organization’s mission.
“Whether it's our country director in China, our bookkeeper in Seattle, or our hygiene team in Nepal, Office 365 gives all staff an easy way to communicate and stay connected,” says Lindsey Walsh, operations associate at Splash.
Lindsey loved the ease of getting Office 365 up and running. After adding Splash’s domain to the system, she was able to easily migrate everything to Office 365.
Office 365 also made a major rebranding easy for Splash. Formerly known as A Child’s Right, the organization was nervous about the change to Splash. Lindsey thought it would be particularly challenging with staff in different time zones all over the world.
“I was shocked with how easy and seamless the process was. It took almost no time at all and I didn't hear of one staff member having a problem. It was as if no change happened at all, which I think is a true testament to how easy it was,” says Lindsey.
For nonprofits with offices in multiple locations, Office 365 simplifies collaboration. Staff can view their colleagues’ calendars to find ideal meeting times, share documents without worrying about version control, and hold group meetings with high definition video conferencing. The added benefit of a cloud-based product is the ability to access documents from anywhere.
“In China, we're about to announce that every single orphanage in the country has clean water, and in Thailand we also have exciting visions to scale in children's institutions. Office 365 has enabled Splash to have a system in place that supports our achievement of these goals,” notes Lindsey.
If you work at a nonprofit, now is a great time to apply for a donation of Office 365 for Nonprofits. If you have a favorite nonprofit, please help us spread the news by sharing the video below.
This is such great news ~ and a smart choice for Microsoft both as a matter of good business and good philanthropy. My hat is off (yet again) to MSFT for excellent support of the nonprofit & philanthropic sector.
Thanks, Peter! It was excellent to talk to Lindsey and hear more about the fantastic work Splash is doing.
Office 365 simplifies collaboration.
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