Since its founding, Microsoft has championed and supported many UK charities. For a select few, this means a close working partnership that allows them to invest in the important work they do all across the UK.
However, for many more it means being a supportive ally; ensuring our products and services are available to appropriate charities at little or no cost, as well as providing an open door to new, not-for-profit initiatives that can deliver real social benefit.
Since 2006 Microsoft has worked with the Technology Trust's TT-Exchange service to help over 12,000 UK charities, including donating over £100 million in software.
Giving more than giving
Whether through donations, licensing programs, cloud services, technology solutions or professional services, we strive to help charities leverage technology that allows them to be more efficient, effective and innovative to their stakeholders.
Here are just some of the ways we support this vital 'third' sector:
- Microsoft Youth Hubs - For the past 3 years we have worked with our main charity partner, UK Youth, to turn over 75 youth clubs into Youth Hubs; creating local IT champions to inspire peer-led introductions to digital literacy, inclusion and employment opportunities.
- Office 365 for Charities - Microsoft's flagship office suite offers a variety of useful, money saving features to enable charities find new supporters, raise funds and deliver critical services more efficiently. It is available either as a free or discounted license for eligible organisations.
- Employee Giving & Fund-Matching - Microsoft has always encouraged employee fundraising and volunteering, as well as fund-matching all employee charity contributions up to £7,500. Since 2010, our people have spent over 2000 days volunteering for deserving UK causes.