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, over $2 million
in software donations a day to nonprofits across the globe. Organizations are eligible
ONLY if they meet ALL THREE of the following criteria:
Select your country:
1. Nonprofit Organizational Eligibility
To qualify as an eligible nonprofit organization:
- An organization must be a nonprofit or non-governmental organization with recognized
charitable status in their respective country (equivalent to 501(c)(3) status under
the United States Internal Revenue Code).
- Public libraries may qualify as an eligible nonprofit organization without charitable
status only for on-premises software donations and only where such software is made
accessible to the general public. Please visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing website for more information
about licensing programs for public library operations.
2. Nonprofit Mission Eligibility
In addition to the criteria above, 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
Any organization that does not meet the criteria outlined above for eligible nonprofit
missions is ineligible for Microsoft nonprofit programs. Ineligible organizations
include, without limitation:
- Nonprofit 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
- Schools, colleges and universities.
These formal educational institutions are eligible through Microsoft academic volume
licensing programs and are not eligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs, including
nonprofit schools. Please visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing website for more information;
- Healthcare organizations
included in Microsoft Health Programs are ineligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs,
including hospitals, healthcare networks, health plans, ambulatory/outpatient healthcare
organizations, nursing homes/assisted living, home healthcare, and health research
organizations and laboratories. Visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing for Health website for more information.
Exceptions include independent nonprofit organizations with the following missions:
community, behavioral and women’s health clinics; hospices; emergency services;
and blood, tissue and organ banks.
Commerce and Trade Associations;
- Sponsorships of events, tables,
exhibitions, or performances;
- Fundraising events such as luncheons,
dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments;
- Political, Labor, and Fraternal
- 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; and
3. 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.
Which persons affiliated with the nonprofit organization may receive user licenses?
Licenses are intended primarily for employees of eligible nonprofit organizations.
Nonprofit members or beneficiaries are NOT eligible for nonprofit licensing. Nonprofits
may license volunteers that have significant fiduciary or managerial responsibilities
for the organization, such as members of the Board of Directors. A volunteer of
an eligible nonprofit organization can receive a license ONLY if they meet ALL THREE
of the following tests:
- The volunteer is accountable for specific activities and results within the nonprofit
organization that are defined by a written volunteer position description;
- The volunteer’s role with the nonprofit is a year-round ongoing role or is seasonal
or part-time role that reoccurs annually; AND
- The volunteer will not use the license for personal uses that result in income to
the person who is volunteering.
More information about Nonprofit Licensing
For more information about Microsoft Nonprofit Licensing Options, including charity
sales programs, please visit the Microsoft Volume Licensing site.
Microsoft reserves the right to grant or deny an organization's application or participation
at any time, for any reason, and to supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines
at any time without notice. Selections are made at Microsoft’s sole discretion and
are not subject to external review.