Charity Digital, the organisation that supports UK charities with digital, has become an official Microsoft cloud service provider. The organisation has launched a new service, ‘Microsoft Cloud Manager’ through which charities can now access and manage their Microsoft cloud products, licenses and subscriptions such as Office 365 all in one place. Charities who are already registered with the Charity Digital Exchange donation platform are validated for Microsoft Cloud Manager by Charity Digital, removing the need to go through Microsoft. This cuts out the extra steps needed for them to access and use the Microsoft Cloud. Charity Digital says this will streamline the process of getting started in the cloud, so they can start benefiting sooner from the flexibility, ease of use and control that the cloud gives them, freeing up valuable time to focus on their cause.
A charity organisation itself, since 2001 Charity Digital has helped over 35,000 charities and other non-profit organisations increase their impact through access to IT software, services and advice. Thanks to its extensive experience delivering tech for the third sector, the charity says it is ideally placed to help charities navigate the world of cloud services. The organisation has so far helped charities save more than £220m on software. It aims to open up further savings for charities by giving them tailored advice and access to Microsoft’s various non-profit plans and discounts. Charity Digital CEO Jonathan Chevalier said: “I’m excited about how this new service will enable charities to quickly and simply gain the benefits of using technology services hosted in the cloud.” “These benefits include reduced costs, increased access to information including for mobile users and higher levels of information protection. As such this service is a natural extension of the 17 years of support Charity Digital has been providing to charities and non-profits.”