By now, you’ve probably heard about the technology offerings for nonprofits that have been coming from Microsoft. In case you haven’t, we’ve written about the growing potential of Microsoft solutions for nonprofits, and we continued to keep tabs on the latest offerings from Microsoft for nonprofits.
You might be like many nonprofit professionals who have become interested in exploring the benefits that moving to Microsoft Dynamics 365 as the customer relationship management (CRM) platform for their organization might offer.
To help you answer this question, here are some key aspects to consider about Microsoft pricing for nonprofits:
Microsoft offers consumption-based license fees. This means that you pay only for the licenses you use on a monthly basis. So, for example, if you reduce your user count for a few months because a staff member leaves your organization (and you deactivate that user account), then you do not have to pay for that unused license.
For comparison purposes, Salesforce offers a contract-based license, sandbox, and storage fees, and typically does not reduce those fees mid-contract.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform for building, testing, deploying, and managing Microsoft-based applications and services. With Microsoft, you must have an Azure tenant, and there are things that must be set up in that Azure tenant to be able to set up Fundraising and Engagement on Microsoft Dynamics 365 as your CRM platform. There are some ongoing Azure-related costs when you move to Microsoft as your CRM platform, and it’s important to include these in your evaluation. At this time, Microsoft offers qualified nonprofits a $3,500 Azure credit per year, and you must re-apply for the grant each year.
You have multiple options when it comes to the portal (or view/interface into your data) for your Microsoft CRM system:
Microsoft offers multiple grants and discounts for their products and services to eligible nonprofits. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these offers and keep them in mind as you consider Microsoft pricing.
Watch the webinar: Digital Transformation with Microsoft Products for Nonprofits. Hear the real-world story of how the Arthritis Foundation saved seven figures by switching to Microsoft.
There are many reasons your nonprofit might consider a change to a new CRM system. It’s always important to consider not only the one-time costs to move to a new system, but also the total cost of ownership for a new CRM system over three to five years and beyond. The cost might be less than you think. And you might find that the benefits to your organization are well worth the cost.
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If you’re considering a move to Microsoft as the CRM platform for your organization, the Heller Consulting team is ready to assist. We can help you determine if Microsoft products are right for your organization, develop a business case and roadmap, and implement and support the solutions. Contact us today to find out more and get started.