Earlier this month, TechSoup, an authorized reseller of Microsoft products, announced that it will now provide donations to faith-based nonprofits. Before, any nonprofit that was faith based was not eligible for this type of discount. Microsoft also announced that it will offer donations in the form of Office 365 for qualified nonprofits.
This is great news for religious nonprofits, who were often overlooked when it came to software or technology donations. HP, Dell, and others have been providing donations for a while, but many organizations still need Microsoft products to function.
Steps To Donated Software Through TechSoup
1. Check your nonprofit’s eligibility.
2. Register your nonprofit.
3. TechSoup qualifies your nonprofit.
Here’s the full writeup from TechSoup.
Office 365 Donations
To qualify for Office 365 for Nonprofits, you must hold recognized charitable status in your country. You will be required to sign a contract and attest that you are an eligible nonprofit. Microsoft reserves the right to verify eligibility at any time and suspend the service for ineligible organizations.
In addition to receiving Office 365 as a donation, qualified nonprofits may also upgrade to the additional advanced features in Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Nonprofits at a significant discount.
Here’s the full chart from Microsoft.
If you scroll down to More Options, you can see where you can add Just Archiving, or Just Office ProPlus or additional SharePoint online storage. An example of where this can be useful is using the free E1 and then adding Office ProPlus for just two dollars a month. There are several a la carte options.
Our friend Jason Powell from Granger Church blogged about this too and is a great example of a church’s experience with this process.