Microsoft Canada is passionate about helping Canadians realize their full potential. That’s why responsible business practices and serving our communities are fundamental to our corporate values.
We fulfill our obligations through our business practices, stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships and commitment to citizenship reporting.
At the same time, we serve our communities by empowering nonprofits and youth.
Children’s Miracle Network, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Youth Science Canada, and Frontier College are four key national partners who are supported with grants and Microsoft technology to help youth realize their potential.
Young people today are facing an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. While some young people are prospering, those on the other side of this divide lack the skills, education, experiences and connections to employment that are required to survive and thrive. In an effort to close this opportunity divide Microsoft has created a global initiative, Microsoft YouthSpark, which will create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world over the next 3 years. Through partnerships with governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses, we aim to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship. In short, we want to come together to empower youth to change their world, to be the spark of change.
Microsoft YouthSpark marks a completely new focus for our philanthropy efforts. We are committing the majority of our corporate cash giving to support nonprofit organizations that serve youth by providing them with enhanced technology and business training to help them pursue additional education, obtain employment or start a new business or social venture.
Read more about Microsoft’s global commitment to create opportunities for hundreds of millions of young people by 2015.
Microsoft offers many resources to nonprofits, including software donations, discounted software, cash grants, and training. We also hold events such as conferences and webinars, helping nonprofits to better use technology and to discuss how technology can help improve their organizations.
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Microsoft Canada provides software donations through our Software Donation partner, TechSoup Canada. TechSoup is a global organization that provides software and technology resources for charities, libraries and nonprofit organizations and works with Microsoft Canada to help eligible Canadian nonprofit organizations obtain software donations. Visit our eligibility page and apply now.
Charities and nonprofits must have a charitable registration number from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Eligible organizations will have a mission to benefit the local community that could include, but is not limited to:
Visit the eligibility page to learn more. Some exceptions apply.
We strive to make eligibility as broad as possible but some exceptions apply. The easy-to-complete TechSoup application form will quickly confirm the eligibility of your organization or inquire at email@example.com.
Organizations that do not meet the eligibility requirements for the Microsoft Software Donation Program are encouraged to explore our many software licensing options, including:
The Microsoft Registered Refurbisher program brings low-cost computers to eligible schools, voluntary organizations and the communities they serve.
Our network of registered Refurbishers supplies approved, high-quality refurbished computers, complete with licensed copies of Windows® and Microsoft® Office. Find your local Microsoft Registered Refurbisher.
The Microsoft Software Donation program provides all eligible organizations up to ten software titles (up to 5 of which may be server products) and up to 50 access licenses per title group within a two-year period. Please check with TechSoup Canada or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional program details.
Microsoft offers many training for skills development. Alternatively, you can connect with a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional to help you with your IT needs, whether it is deploying donated software, setting up new hardware, or teaching you how to use Microsoft technology. Microsoft MVPs are passionate employees who volunteer their technical expertise and real world knowledge of Microsoft products with our nonprofit partners. We will connect you with a volunteer Microsoft MVP to help you implement Microsoft technologies within your charitable organization.
Determining what kind of software fits your organization's needs is very important. To learn how you can evaluate the current IT state of your nonprofit and plan for successful integration of IT into your organization, visit the IT Planning for Nonprofits page.
Microsoft offers low-cost technology resources that enable nonprofit organizations to realize their full potential. Explore these cloud products for your organization:
Employees of Microsoft Canada are encouraged to give back to their communities through volunteering and the direction of software donations. Employees can get involved by supporting a nonprofit or charitable organization of choice by participating in up to 40 work hours of volunteering per year and donating up to $1,500 of Microsoft software.
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