NetSuite gives charities the chance to apply for a software donation, so they can get all the benefits of using the cloud-based solution whilst saving on the license fees. Find out more here.
Charities and social enterprises have to deal with the same day-to-day business processes as other companies, but unfortunately they don’t often have the budget available to be able to invest in the best software. Whilst NetSuite is priced competitively, many charities operating with a small budget wouldn’t be able to afford the investment, so they rely on software donations such as this.
The key benefit of Netsuite for the charities is that it enables their employees and volunteers to focus more time on the goals of the charity and fundraising, as it reduces the need for heavy manual admin processes.
How does it work?
NetSuite.org makes a donation sufficient to power the average small organisation at no cost. This includes:
- NetSuite Mid-market Edition
- 5 user licenses
- NetSuite Essentials training
- Silver support
- Discount on additional items
Some organisations will have needs beyond the base donation, which NetSuite then offers at a discount. All organisations interested in utilising NetSuite will still need to budget for implementation costs.
Going forward, NetSuite charity grants are automatically renewed according to the terms of the program. The base donation never changes, but the discount rate on additional users and add ons may change if the customer’s revenue grows. If their revenue remains the same, their grant terms remain the same.
Who has already benefited?
Since its founding in 2008, the NetSuite.org corporate citizenship program has empowered more than 400 non-profits and social enterprises.
One of the many charities that has benefited from the program is AbilityNet. AbilityNet is a UK-based charity organisation which aims to enrich the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology in all aspects of their lives.
They were the recipient of a software donation from NetSuite and were able to replace their old systems, which included Sage and SharePoint amongst other legacy systems. AbilityNet found that integrating NetSuite in their organisation provided many benefits, such as being able to maintain consistent customer data, automated order processing and improved inventory management.
“Before NetSuite we had no central systems. This caused massive problems for our users. Now we use NetSuite across the business — it’s put us firmly back in control and has improved life for our users and our clients.” – AbilityNet
Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines is another organisation that has benefited greatly from switching to NetSuite. The organisation has been improving access to clean water, education and economic opportunity in the region since 1987, and since switching to NetSuite they’ve been able to run core business processes in one system without the need for dedicated IT staff. They have benefited from process automation and real-time visibility into critical business metrics that wasn’t possible with their previous on-premise software.
Who is eligible?
In order to be eligible for a NetSuite software donation, charities must be registered in their country of origin. For-profit and non-profit social enterprises can also apply but they must be organised primarily to generate a positive social impact.
NetSuite doesn’t provide donations to individuals, organisations whose aims are primarily religious or political or those that discriminate against groups or individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, language, educational background, religious affiliation or age.
An ideal candidate for a donation from NetSuite would be a small emerging group who have the need to automate a particular process within their organisation and wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a solution such as NetSuite.
Other eligibility criteria applies. Click here to view the full criteria for eligibility.
Free NetSuite training from NoBlue
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a half day bespoke NetSuite training session for the system completely free of charge for eligible customers. If we are chosen as the implementation partner by the charity / non-profit organisation, then we will ensure that they are completely comfortable using NetSuite with this hands-on training session (delivered in addition to the training provided by NetSuite). Tailored specifically to their business processes and NetSuite customisations, this targeted training is available on site for up to 20 employees.
NoBlue is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of NetSuite’s range of cloud-based software. If you think that your organisation is eligible for a NetSuite donation, or if you’d like any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
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