Microsoft has today announced an expansion to its commitment to help nonprofits and community projects. According to the company, it plans to double the number of nonprofits it helps over the next five years.
That will mean hundreds of thousands of nonprofits will benefit from Microsoft technology and discounts. In a blog post, the company explains in its fiscal 2022 (ending June 30, 2022), it gave over $3.2 billion in grants and discounts to over 300,000 nonprofit organizations.
To kick off its new expansion commitment, Microsoft says it is increasing technology pledges to public museums and public libraries around the world:
“Building upon our long history of supporting nonprofit museums, these newly eligible organizations, including over 2 million libraries across 99 countries, can further their mission by allowing technology to do more with less, to extend their reach, increase their engagement and leverage efficiencies in their workflow.”
Under the project, eligible nonprofits can get discounts on software products such as Microsoft 365 (including Outlook and Teams), Dynamic 365, Azure, and Power Apps. Microsoft also says there are discounts available on its Surface hardware.
Furthermore, Microsoft Advertising can provide a $3,000 monthly grant for ad platforms such as Bing. The
“Public libraries and public museums will also have access to on-premises licenses for computer labs and other public access devices. Grants of Microsoft Office Standard, Windows Professional, Project Standard, Publisher, Visio Standard and Visual Studio Pro are offered for shared-device scenarios (computer training labs, for example) and available only from TechSoup, an international network of 65 partner organizations that facilitates software grants for nonprofits, charities and NGOs in 236 countries and territories.”
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