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Microsoft Announces $5,000 Azure Credit for Nonprofits

Microsoft Announces $5,000 Azure Credit for Nonprofits
Azure Credit for Nonprofits

Huge news for NGOs and nonprofits: Microsoft announced today that it will be offering a $5,000 annual credit for these organizations to use toward the complete portfolio of Azure services.

Announced at Microsoft Ignite 2016 as part of its larger $1 Billion “Public Cloud for the Public Good” commitment, Microsoft will offer a recurring $5,000  credit to qualified nonprofit organizations and users as it strives to bring 70,000 nonprofits to the cloud over the next three years.

$5,000 for Eligible, Qualified Nonprofits

From the announcement blog:

“As the reach and capabilities of cloud computing continue to expand, so too does its potential to better serve the people and organizations working to address vital issues facing our planet and its populations. More and more, we are seeing nonprofit organizations utilize the fuller capabilities of the cloud to pursue their missions. And, as the examples below demonstrate, the cloud is unlocking benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency that are enhancing nonprofits’ ability to help those who need it most.

That’s why I’m pleased to share that Microsoft is taking another step in fulfilling our $1 billion commitment to ensure that our cloud serves the public good. Today, through Microsoft Philanthropies, we are making Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible nonprofit organizations by offering Azure credits. Microsoft Azure’s cloud services help organizations accelerate innovation with integrated intelligence that powers insights and decision-making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security. This offer adds to the existing comprehensive suite of Microsoft cloud services that are available to nonprofits to empower their missions.”

In the blog, Microsoft highlighted two notable nonprofit organizations with whom they have worked: CONIN and Partners in Health, who have each saved a great deal of money (which went back into their mission) by utilizing the public cloud for their workloads, moving away from the costs and headaches that come from server maintenance and management.

Products and Services Available

Available to eligible* current, former, and prospective nonprofit Azure clients who meet organizational, mission, and anti-discrimination policies set forth by Microsoft and its partner TechSoup, nonprofit organizations will be able to tailor their services, features, and bundled suites from the following:

Azure IoT Hub App Service SQL Database Storage Cloud Services DocumentDB
CDN Backup HDInsight RemoteApp Batch StorSimple
ExpressRoute SiteRecovery Azure DNS Service Fabric Event Hubs Data Factory
Key Vault Service Bus Scheduler Automation Log Analytics Redis Cache
Search Load Balancer VPN Gateway Data Catalog HockeyApp Functions
Logic Apps Azure Monitor Encoding Mobile Apps IoT Suite Web Apps
Machine Learning Computer Vision API Emotion API Face API Recommendations API API Apps
Bing Speech API Web Language Model API Language Understanding Speaker Recognition API Bing Search API Bing AutoSuggest API
Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight Apache Storm for Azure HDInsight R Server for HDInsight Cortana Intelligence Live and On-Demand Streaming Azure Media Player
Insight & Analytics Stream Analytics Content Protection Blob Storage Accounts Premium Storage Text Analytics API
Virtual Network Media Services Security & Compliance Protection & Recovery Automation & Control Cognitive Services
Application Gateway Power BI Enabled SQL Data Warehouse Mobile Engagement Data Lake Store Data Lake Analytics
Azure Active Directory B2C Azure DevTest Labs Notification Hubs Security Center BizTalk Services Traffic Manager
Virtual Machines Azure Active Directory Visual Studio Team Services API Management Academic Knowledge API Multi-Factor Authentication
Visual Studio Application Insights Virtual Machine Scale Sets Azure Container Service SQL Server Stretch Database Operations Management Suite Azure Active Directory Domain Services
Bing Spell Check API Media Analytics Queue Storage File Storage Tables Storage Intelligent Service

 

Eligibility and Other Considerations

Those interested can determine their eligibility, calculate usage and which of the available applications they need as well as the total cost using Microsoft’s calculator, and read the frequently asked questions here.

Nonprofits who are looking to take advantage of this plan are provided “Developer” Azure Support, but are urged to purchase a more advanced support plan for substantial or significant mission critical workloads.

Conclusion

Wipfli has long been a provider of accounting services and technology for nonprofits of all sizes and missions. Our very own Ryan Risley was quoted in response to the event,

“This is very exciting news announced at Ignite this week.  Many non-profits leverage tech soup for substantially discounted licenses, but they did not have a way to host their applications in the cloud without paying market fees.  Our large base of non-profit clients combined with our expertise combine to create tremendous value to help non-profits focus their energy on their mission, rather than operations.”

For more information about the program, and to speak with a leading Microsoft Partner with vast experience in the nonprofit space, contact us at TechSales@wipfli.com.

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