Team Rubicon

Every day, communities around the world are indebted to critical care and first response nonprofits playing an incredibly important role in supporting and delivering vital services. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on these community heroes as their employees and volunteers have gone beyond the call of duty to sacrifice their own well-being for all of us. At Microsoft, we’ve heard countless stories of nonprofits transitioning to a remote working environment while continuing their services, such as helping at-risk children and families during the crisis.

Two and half years ago, we launched Tech for Social Impact within Microsoft Philanthropies to make world-class cloud technology accessible and affordable for nonprofits to drive even greater impact. Today, we’re building on our long-standing support to the nonprofit sector by committing $35 million to double our Microsoft Azure credits, increase our Windows benefits and add new pro bono services to help critical care and first response nonprofits in their efforts to combat COVID-19.  This will help free up scarce resources, support remote work and training, and enable organizations to securely utilize data analysis in their COVID-19 response. While we have temporarily placed limits in some regions on free Azure offers to prioritize existing customersMicrosoft is committed to serve and enable first responders with the technology and resources they need in this critical time.  

The commitment specifics:  



o Azure Onboarding Concierge: To help organizations set up their Azure credit subscription, understand administrator roles, cost management and governance best practices

o Windows Virtual Desktop Help Desk: To support organizations with technical questions during their deployment of Windows Virtual Desktop, and will engage organizations with a partner or FastTrack for longterm extended support to ensure an efficient and effective deployment

o Microsoft Community Training (MCT) Concierge: Microsoft Community Training supports personalized learning for a large-scale mobile-based community. This service provides an overview of available content and assists with configuration and deployment 

 Getting Started: 

We’ve heard from many organizations responding to COVID-19 of the need to organize and drive actionable insights from their data. To support this, we are announcing the Nonprofit Data Warehouse Quickstart available for all nonprofits, which helps organizations integrate disparate data sources into a single data warehouse and visualize the data via PowerBI. With this tool, organizations can leverage the power of data to determine the most efficient use of resources and more effectively support communities on the ground in this challenging climate.

This Microsoft Philanthropies announcement, alongside our AI for Health focus, is part of Microsoft’s larger commitment toward combating COVID-19, as we are working to support remote education and empower students around the world, enabling businesses to work from home, securing needed medical supplies and supporting local communities. Today’s news builds on our current offers for all nonprofits and we recommend reviewing our COVID-19 Resource Guide for Nonprofits for additional background information 

We deeply appreciate the heroic work of nonprofits across the globe and remain steadfast in our efforts to provide them with the resources to help us overcome COVID-19.