Who's Eligible

See if your nonprofit is eligible

Microsoft strives to make its software donation programs to be as accessible as possible to nonprofits globally. That’s why we give, on average, $2 million in software donations a day to nonprofits across the globe.

To get eligibility guidelines per country, please visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing site to view complete global guidelines or specific country guidelines.

Eligible Organizations

Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations must be recognized as charitable organizations in their respective countries in order to be eligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs. Eligible organizations must also operate on a not-for-profit basis and have a mission to benefit the local community that could include, but is not limited to:

  • Providing relief to the poor
  • Advancing education
  • Improving social welfare
  • Preserving culture
  • Preserving or restoring the environment
  • Promoting human rights
  • Establishment of civil society

Ineligible Organizations

The following are ineligible for Microsoft software donations:

  • Nonprofit organizations organizations that have not obtained recognized charitable status in their respective country;
  • Governmental organizations or agencies, including international governmental organizations and United Nations Entities. Visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing for Governments website for more information;
  • Schools, colleges and universities eligible through Microsoft academic volume licensing programs and are not eligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs, including nonprofit schools. Please visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing for Education website for more information;
  • Healthcare organizations included in Microsoft Health Programs are ineligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs. Visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing for Health website for more information. Exceptions include independent nonprofit community, behavioral and women’s health clinics; hospices; emergency services; and blood banks.
  • Commerce and Trade Associations without charitable aims or activities benefitting non-members;
  • Sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances;
  • Fund-raising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments;
  • Political, Labor, and Fraternal organizations;
  • Refurbishers that will be installing the donated software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools. Please visit the Registered Refurbisher Program;
  • Religious or faith based organizations that have not obtained recognized charitable status; and
  • Individuals.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Organizations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination, and/or retirement based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status other than as allowed by law, are not eligible to participate in this program.

More Information about Nonprofit Program Eligibility

For more detailed information about Microsoft Nonprofit Program Eligibility (including eligibility for donation and sales programs), please visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing site to view complete global guidelines or specific country guidelines.

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