Qualified nonprofits can receive Office 365 Nonprofit as a donation or upgrade to advanced features at a significant discount. To qualify for Office 365 Nonprofit, you must hold recognized charitable status in your country and sign Microsoft’s non-discrimination policy. Microsoft reserves the right to verify eligibility at any time and suspend the service for ineligible organizations.

  • Currently Microsoft offers the below plans for non-profit organizations and NGOs.
  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Essentials (Donation-  300 users)

  • Office 365 Nonprofit Business Premium

  • Office 365 Nonprofit E1 (Donation-  Unlimited users)
  • Office 365 Nonprofit E3
  • Office 365 Nonprofit E5

Need more information follow Office 365 for Non-Profit and NGOs.

Eligibility and validation

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What types of nonprofits and NGOs are eligible for a donation?

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Eligible organizations: Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations must be recognized as charitable organizations in their respective countries in order to be eligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs. Eligible organizations must also operate on a not-for-profit basis and have a mission to benefit the local community, which could include but is not limited to:

  • Providing relief to the poor.
  • Advancing education.
  • Improving social welfare.
  • Preserving culture.
  • Preserving or restoring the environment.
  • Promoting human rights.
  • Establishing civil society.

For a detailed explanation of eligibility criteria and links to country-specific eligibility criteria, visit the Eligibility page.

How can an organization verify whether it qualifies to receive Office 365 Nonprofit?

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To be validated as an eligible nonprofit, you must register with the Microsoft Nonprofits program. Eligible organizations must hold recognized charitable status as defined in their countries in order to be eligible. Eligible organizations must operate on a not-for-profit basis and have a mission to benefit the local community. If an organization is not eligible for Office 365 as a donation, it may be eligible for other services depending on its legal status and mission. For a detailed explanation of eligibility criteria, visit the Eligibility page.

How long does it take to find out if my request has been approved for a donation of Office 365 Nonprofit?

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Microsoft works with its software donation partner TechSoup Global to determine if a nonprofit fits its broad eligibility requirements. We strive to make eligibility determinations as quickly as possible, and the process can take up to 20 business days. This time frame can vary depending on nonprofit responsiveness to requests for additional documentation. Required documentation may include the certification or registration provided the nonprofit’s governing body. For example, in the U.S. we require a copy of the IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.

For how long is the validation good?

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Organizations need to be re-evaluated for nonprofit eligibility every two years. We will be defining how this process is enforced and facilitated in the coming months.

Which persons affiliated with the nonprofit organization may receive Office 365 Nonprofit user licenses?

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Office 365 Nonprofit is intended primarily for employees of eligible nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit members or beneficiaries are NOT eligible for Office 365 Nonprofit licensing. Nonprofits may license volunteers that have significant fiduciary or managerial responsibilities for the organization, such as members of the Board of Directors. A volunteer of an eligible nonprofit organization can receive a license for Office 365 ONLY if they meet ALL THREE of the following tests:

  • The volunteer is accountable for specific activities and results within the nonprofit organization that are defined by a written volunteer position description.
  • The volunteer’s role with the nonprofit is a year-round ongoing role or is a seasonal or part-time role that reoccurs annually.
  • The volunteer will not use Office 365 for personal uses that result in income to the person who is volunteering.

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