Is your organization eligible?

Is your organization eligible?

Please find nonprofit eligibility criteria specific to your country:

To be eligible for any of our nonprofit programs, you must meet ALL THREE of the following criteria:

Nonprofit organizational eligibility

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To qualify as an eligible nonprofit organization:

Nonprofit mission eligibility

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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 information;

  • 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, but not limited to, hospitals, healthcare networks, health plans, ambulatory/outpatient healthcare organizations, nursing homes, retirement centers, 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.

    Exceptions also include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare Services whose charter and primary purpose is to provide health care services on a free or sliding-fee basis exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; and Assisted Living Healthcare Organizations that provide residential based care or provide coordinated personal services in facilities providing 24-hour supervision and assistance (scheduled and unscheduled), and under health-related services where the aggregate number of approved bed licenses under federal government’s Aged Care Act 1997 does not exceed (60) sixty per ABN.

  • Providers of Rescue and Emergency Services and Blood Banks which are entitled to invoice their costs for their services with publicly funded health insurances according to Sec. 60 Book Five of\the German Social Code (Sozialgesetzbuch – SGB V) or private health insurances according to similar agreements between the service provider and the health insurance;

  • Professional, Commerce and Trade Associations;

  • Community Interest Companies;

  • Housing Associations

  • Non-charitable Social Enterprises including the following forms of Mutual Societies regulated by the Financial Services Authority: Industrial and Provident Societies incorporated under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, Friendly Societies incorporated under the Friendly Societies Act 1992, Cooperative Societies, and social or community enterprises (set up as a trust, limited company, partnership or unincorporated association) which trade in goods or services with a defined social mission;

  • Religious or faith based organizations;

  • Sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances;

  • Fundraising events such as luncheons and dinners;

  • 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 the Registered Refurbisher Program; and

  • Individuals.

Anti-discrimination policy

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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 giving program if they have a policy or mission of 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.

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

Unilateral License

For nonprofits and independent media operating in 12 countries facing special circumstances, a unilateral software license will be available until January 1, 2016. Please follow the link for the specific country's unilateral software license agreement, including information regarding eligibility and the link to print a license certificate:

Unilateral license information

Eligible users in your organization

Licenses and subscriptions are intended for employees of eligible nonprofit organizations. Members or beneficiaries of the nonprofit organization are NOT eligible for nonprofit licenses or subscriptions. The only exceptions are as follows:

  • Volunteers who have significant fiduciary or managerial responsibilities for the organization, such as members of the organization's Board of Directors.

  • Volunteers who meet ALL THREE of the following criteria:

  1. 1

    The volunteer is accountable for specific activities and results within the nonprofit organization that are defined in a written description of the volunteer position.

  2. 2

    The volunteer's role with the nonprofit is a year-round ongoing role or is a seasonal or part-time role that reoccurs annually.

  3. 3

    The volunteer will not use the license for personal use that results in income to the volunteer.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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.

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