Who's eligible

Many nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive Microsoft software donations. The information on this page will help you understand the requirements and how to apply. If you are not eligible for a software donation, Microsoft offers several other options to receive free or discounted software and services.

Eligible Organizations

Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations must hold recognized, charitable status as defined in Canada in order to be eligible for a software donation. Eligible organizations will 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

Public libraries are eligible for software donations for public access computers only.

Organizations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, 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 for software donations.

Other Licensing Options

The following types of organizations are not eligible for the Microsoft Software Donation Program:

  • Government organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Healthcare organizations
    Exception: Certain health clinics that provide services for free or on an ability-to-pay basis may be eligible.

If your organization falls into one of these categories, use the links below to explore other ways you can receive discounted volume licenses.

Licensing Options for Governments
Licensing Options for Educational Institutions
Licensing Options for Healthcare Organizations

The following are also not eligible for a Microsoft Software Donation:

  • Individuals
  • Professional sports organizations
  • Political, labor, or fraternal organizations
  • Religious organizations without a specific secular (non-religious) charitable program

Not eligible for a donation? Don't worry, the options below will help you get access to the Microsoft software you need:

Licensing Options for Charitable Organizations
Microsoft Volume Licensing (5 or more licenses)
Microsoft Online Retail Store (individual box products)
Free online software for all organizations and individuals

Cloud Products

Microsoft offers low-cost technology resources that enable nonprofit organizations to realize their full potential. Explore these cloud products for your organization:

Microsoft Dynamics CRM at Nonprofit Pricing
Microsoft Office 365 Free 30-Day Trial
Windows Intune Free 30-Day Trial
Windows Azure Free 3-Month Trial