Discounts and donations for nonprofits

Microsoft provides donated and discounted services to eligible nonprofits.

1. Organization eligibility

Organizations must be a nonprofit or non-governmental organization with recognized legal status in their respective country (equal to 501(c)(3) status under the United States Internal Revenue Code).

2. 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 legal status in their respective country;
  • Governmental organizations or agencies, including governmental museums, international governmental organizations, and United Nations Entities. Visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Governments for more information;
  • Schools, colleges and universities. These formal educational institutions are eligible for offers through Microsoft academic volume licensing programs and are not eligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs, including nonprofit schools and academic museums. Please visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for more information;
  • Healthcare organizations included in Microsoft Health Programs are ineligible for Microsoft Nonprofit Programs, including, but not limited to, hospitals, healthcare networks, health plans, ambulatory/outpatient healthcare organizations, nursing homes, retirement centers, assisted living, and home healthcare. Visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Health for more information.
  • Professional, commerce and trade associations;
  • Professional and semi-professional sports organizations;
  • 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 Registered Refurbisher Program for more information.
  • Individuals.

3. User licensing

Donated nonprofit offers are permitted for:
  1. Paid nonprofit employees;
  2. Unpaid staff who perform material day-to-day managerial and/or fiduciary responsibilities, such as the board of directors, program directors, and senior leadership of the organization (including executive director, president, and officers).

Discounted nonprofit offers are permitted for all nonprofit staff and volunteers.

 

Nonprofit beneficiaries, donors, and members (such as members of a church, club, or sports team) are NOT eligible for nonprofit offers.

4. License restrictions

Organizations cannot share, transfer, or resell nonprofit licenses or subscriptions with other organizations, including with partner nonprofits or legally independent sister organizations. Additionally, umbrella organizations, including controlled affiliates or subsidiaries, that maintain shared or centralized IT systems are only eligible for one donation account.

5. Non-discrimination

Microsoft values and respects individual and cultural differences and is committed to providing an inclusive environment that is welcoming and free from discrimination.

Therefore, organizations are not eligible to participate in the Microsoft nonprofit program if they have a policy or mission of discrimination in hiring, compensation, promotion, termination, retirement, training, programs, and/or services 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.

The only exception to this policy is for religious organizations that are exempt from laws that prohibit such discrimination.


Microsoft reserves the right to grant or deny an organizations 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.

Questions about nonprofit offers?

Microsoft representatives can help you find the right products for your organization and address inquiries related to eligibility and technical support.

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