COVID-19 and Remote Working for Charities

Many charities and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) are on the frontline when it comes to fighting the current pandemic, therefore, it’s important for volunteers to use innovative technologies that allow them to stay productive and connected.  

Right now, is the most crucial time to implement processes that can save your volunteers time to focus on what really mattersIn the following blog we’ll look at the solutions that can help your organisation maximise its offering and streamline its processes. We’ll also look at the various offers and trials available for you to try, for free 

It’s worth noting that all our Microsoft and Azure solutions mentioned in this blog post can be installed remotely, with no contact or access to your organisation’s office.  

Office 365 E1 

Microsoft have announced a free six month trial of Office 365 E1 for non-profit volunteers. This free offer is available for up to 2,000 seats within your organisation 

This offer is in addition to the nonprofit paid and donated SKUs available to all eligible nonprofits and the Office 365 E1 commercial offer currently in place.  

Let’s have a look at some of the key features you’ll have access to with Office 365 E1 and understand how they can help your organisation.  

Use Office apps on your tablets and phone 

With Office 365 E1, each user can install office apps on five tablets and five phones. Perfect if your workforce is often on the move, but still need to stay connected and keep things up to date.  

Email and calendars 

Your team can access Outlook email and calendar from desktop or a web browser. Each user benefits from a 50GB mailbox and can send attachments up to 150MB. 

File storage and sharing 

With Office 365 E1, you also benefit from OneDrive for Business which gives each user 1 TB of personal cloud storage that can be accessed from anywhere, on any device. OneDrive allows your team to easily share documents with others inside and outside your organisation and control who can see and edit each file. 

Microsoft Teams  

Microsoft Teams can be one of the most useful tools during this uncertain period. Whether you’re working remotely or you’re on the frontline, Teams can make it easy for you and your workforce to stay connected. 

With Microsoft Teams, you can chat, host online meetings with audio, HD video, hold web conferences and meetings online for up to 10,000 people who can join with just a browser on almost any devices. You can even download additional apps within Teams to help track projects or assign tasks to other volunteers.  

During this incredibly turbulent time where there is a limitation for physical communication, this is a fantastic way of staying just as connected, virtually and safely.  

You can also read our blog post on how to work remotely with Microsoft Teams for more information on its features and other tips and tricks.  

Find out more about Office 365 E1 here.  

Windows Virtual Desktop 

Windows Virtual Desktop can enable your organisation to securely access all their information remotely, on any computerBy using Azure technology rather than keeping data on premise, all information is securely stored in the cloud – which means your volunteers and charity workers can sign into any computer and pick up where they left off.  

It can also be a financially beneficially solution for most organisationsYou can find out more about Windows Virtual Desktop on the Microsoft website or by downloading our infographic. 

If you have any questions about Office 365 E1 or Windows Virtual Desktop, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today by emailing [email protected] 


Jennifer Wilson
Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson joined Phoenix in early 2020 as a Digital Marketing Specialist and has since progressed to a Digital Marketing Manager. Jennifer is responsible for the Digital Marketing Team and is passionate about supporting the business and its goals through creative marketing campaigns. Jennifer works closely with specialists within Phoenix and vendors to ensure all our marketing campaigns are educational, impactful, and add value to our customers.

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