September 11, 2013
Many nonprofits lack the resources to invest in state-of-the-art cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools. But now, thanks to Microsoft, charitable organizations don't need to carefully construct their budgets to afford such innovations. The software, services and technology solutions provider recently announced the global availability of Office 365 for Nonprofits for qualifying nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations through its donation program.
"Nonprofits operate in the same way as any other organization or business; however, many lack the resources to implement the latest technology," said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president at Microsoft International. "The donation of Office 365 allows them to be more effective and efficient in the work they do."
According to a survey by Microsoft's software donation partner TechSoup Global, nonprofits can greatly benefit from these tools. Sixty-two percent of charitable organizations can experience vast cost savings when using the cloud, 61 percent see higher levels of collaboration and 54 percent feel better about data security. Using Office 365 for Nonprofits may dramatically help nonprofits sustain higher levels of productivity among the entire team.
A blog post for JustMeans written by Lori Harnick, general manager of Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs, stated these tools can be especially worthwhile for nonprofits that have multiple locations, as well as staff members who work outside the office. A few of the helpful aspects of Office 365 for Nonprofits include the ability to access employees' calendars to plan meeting times, document-sharing opportunities to streamline collaboration and use to high-definition video conferencing to keep everyone in the loop when making important decisions.
Nonprofit decision-makers who are able to trust a cloud-based system can properly plan for risk management, while also ensuring that all members of their team are staying productive.
The Ensight Skills Center has enjoyed working with First Nonprofit for several years. We are enrolled in their Unemployment Savings Program and although we have not required a lot of intervention, there have been a few times. I know others have dealt with the same problem of unemployment fraud over the last year and in our case, a call to First Nonprofit (they actually answer their phones) cleared up the issue. They also sent us a letter to send to all our employees telling them what they needed to do to prevent this in the future and protect themselves. What a relief! Over the years if I have questions or concerns, they are happy to listen, advise and help if they can. Another BIG advantage of using First Nonprofit is that all the money that is paid into the Unemployment Savings Program lives on my balance sheet as an asset. The money continues to be Ensight’s not the governments. First Nonprofit has certainly given me peace of mind.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.
NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.
It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.
Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.
Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.