Find out how The Courtyard Trust was able to streamline operations and increase efficiency by moving from an on-premises exchange server to a cloud-based subscription service.
The Courtyard Trust is a large charity that operates The Courtyard Arts Centre - a space for art and performance that attracts over 250, 000 visitors a year. Based in Hereford, the centre was the first major new build Arts Council funded National Lottery capital project in England. With a large annual income and a wide base of supporters and service users, the charity needed dynamic and intuitive office software to meet their needs.
The Courtyard Trust gained access to discounted charity subscriptions to Office 365 E3 through the Charity Digital Exchange. This subscription, which is available to charities at a rate of £7.00 per user, per month is suitable for nonprofits with more than 300 users that need Windows, office desktop applications, mobile apps, and enterprise-level security.
Our customer service team can offer support and practical advice to charities looking to make the switch to a cloud-based subscription.
The software offers a number of features, including Office accessibility for mobile devices, document and email access control, and Office for the web through SharePoint. This is just one of a number of collaborative tools included - the Microsoft Teams app in Office 365 allows people to chat, share assets and pool resources. Microsoft Office 365 E3 also enables access to features to help host online meetings, facilitate professional digital storytelling and allow file storage and sharing through unlimited OneDrive storage accessible from any linked device.
Matt Coles, Commercial Manager of The Courtyard Trust, listed Office 365’s primary benefits as ‘easy access to email accounts, licensed Office software, security’, whilst praising the affordability of the subscription. The charity found that they no longer required an on-premises exchange server, which stands to provide a significant long-term saving.
The feature that the charity most frequently use is Outlook email software. It replaced their own onsite setup, and The Courtyard Trust benefited from Microsoft Office 365’s integrated service, which increased efficiency and allowed for collaborative work to be done more easily.
Matt suggested that charities would benefit from the option of a lifetime subscription to Microsoft Office 365 E3. He also felt that our website could easier to navigate (we’re working on it, Matt!)
The Charity Digital Exchange team offer a Cloud Manager Service to help with implementing your charity’s new Office 365 plan, helping you take the hassle out of set up and configuration. Contact our customer service team at email@example.com to find out more.
You can view discounted charity subscriptions to Microsoft Office 365 here.