1. Is my organization eligible?

Familiarize yourself with our three eligibility requirements to begin the process.

Organization Mission Non-Discrimination Additional terms of use

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).

If your organization does not meet these criteria, it is not currently eligible.

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See the nonprofit organization eligibility guidelines

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2. Who should register?


3. Who can use the license?

Nonprofit discounts and grants are permitted for specific employees and volunteers. Nonprofit beneficiaries, donors, and members (such as members of a church, club, or sports team) are not eligible for nonprofit offers.

Grants vs. discounted licenses

Depending on the employee status and role in the nonprofit there is a difference between available offers:

  • Grants – Granted licenses are only permitted for paid employees and unpaid executive staff if all organization eligibility is met. User amount limits do apply and vary by availability of country of usage. Additionally, organizations are expected to regularly remove unused granted licenses from their subscription. Adherence to policy guidance is encouraged and tenant may be subject to audit by Microsoft.
  • Discounts – Discounted licenses are permitted for all staff, including volunteers and temporary staff of the organization. Eligible nonprofits may access discounted pricing on commercial cloud offers, and some on-premise offers. Discounts vary by product, and/or quantity

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License restrictions

Organizations cannot share, transfer, rent, or resell nonprofit licenses or subscriptions with/to other organizations or individuals even if they are part of the same group. If the group has both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in its legal structure, nonprofit offers are only permitted for the eligible nonprofit organizations. Additionally, groups with centrally managed information technology (IT) systems are only eligible for one grant account. Please contact Microsoft to learn more about enterprise licensing options.

Get started with discounts and grants

Eligible nonprofits may access discounted pricing on commercial cloud offers and some on-premises offers.

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Commonly asked eligibility questions

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Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations must:

  • Hold recognized, legal charitable status as defined in their countries;
  • Operate on a not-for-profit basis;
  • Have a mission to benefit the broader community;
  • Attest to Microsoft's anti-discrimination policy;
  • Only assign licenses to eligible staff;
  • Only use the licenses for their organization and not license partner, affiliate, or sister organizations.

Nonprofit grants are permitted only for paid nonprofit employees, and unpaid executive staff who act as leadership for the nonprofit. Nonprofit discounts are permitted for all nonprofit staff and volunteers. Nonprofit beneficiaries, members and donors are NOT eligible for nonprofit licenses and subscriptions.

If your nonprofit has volunteers that you would like to invite to collaborate with your staff and employees as external guests, you can invite these external users to sign into your site and resources using a personal Microsoft account.

 

Alternatively, discounted offers are available if you want to provide full Office 365 capabilities, including an organization email address, to your volunteers. 

Microsoft has partnered with TechSoup to validate nonprofit organizations. As part of the process, TechSoup reviews your organization's mission and activities. TechSoup uses publicly available and locally relevant information as well as information you will provide during registration and compares it with the eligibility criteria for Microsoft's offerings to nonprofits.

We strive to make eligibility determinations as quickly as possible, and the process can take up to 10 business days. This timeframe can vary depending on nonprofit responsiveness to requests for additional documentation and country requirements.

Missions can be diverse. Review the information at https://www.microsoft.com/nonprofits/eligibility.  If you are still not sure, proceed with registration, and Microsoft will complete the work of confirming your eligibility.

Legal nonprofit status is only part of eligibility. Different countries allow organizations to run as nonprofits for many reasons. Microsoft is focused on supporting missions that benefit the local community.

Once a nonprofit organization is validated as eligible, this status will be in effect for a two-year period. At the end of this period, your organization must be revalidated to retain eligibility.

Please review the eligibility guidelines for your country. If you still have questions, you can contact us. Please select issue category "eligibility" and issue subcategory "why nonprofit was denied eligibility" in the form.

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, activities 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.

Microsoft’s anti-discrimination policies take guidance from your country’s exemptions for religious organizations. Microsoft will review your application and confirm your eligibility.

Microsoft expects organizations to honestly and accurately certify the anti-discrimination statement during the eligibility validation process.

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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