The best way to get a free trial of Lync Online is to sign up for the 30-day free trial of Office 365. This is because Lync Online is not offered separately as a donation to nonprofits. Depending on the feature set, subscribing only to Lync Online will cost you the commercial rate, either $2 per user per month or $5.50 per user per month. As part of the free Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Nonprofits plan , Lync is free, as are Outlook Online, SharePoint Online, Office Web Apps and more.
The best way to get a free trial of Lync 2013, the on-premises version, is to sign up for a six-month free trial of that. CGNET will be happy to arrange either free trial. Simply fill out the response form to the right and put “Office 365 free trial” or “Lync 2013 free trial” in the “Product” box.
Nonprofit pricing is currently available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the United States, including private foundations. Nonprofits in more than 40 countries also are eligible, and the number of countries is expected to grow. Current eligibility information is available here. The most detailed information, area by area, is available here. Choose the document that applies to your country or region.
Office 365 for Nonprofits currently comes in two bundles: Office 365 Enterprise E1 for Nonprofits and Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Nonprofits. The Enterprise E1 plan is free and includes Exchange Online, Lync Online, SkyDrive Pro, SharePoint Online, Active Directory integration and Office Web Apps.
Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Nonprofits includes all of the features of the E1 plan, plus desktop versions of the Office 2013 applications, archiving tools to support compliance, advanced voice, and business intelligence dashboards and other services. Office 365 Enterprise E3 costs $4.50 per user per month.
A comparison of the plans in a well-organized table is available here. Microsoft has also said that plans for smaller nonprofits will be offered in the future.