Microsoft's software donation program, which has already provided more than $3.9 billion worth of software to nonprofits around the world since 1998, is being expanded to enable more nonprofit organizations to request software donations when they need them at any point in the year.
"Every day we see how technology is helping nonprofits to operate more effectively and ultimately do their best work," said Rebecca Masisak, co-CEO of TechSoup Global. "The updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program provide nonprofits increased flexibility in requesting software, which we believe will greatly benefit many nonprofits in the TechSoup Global community that rely on a range of Microsoft products to run their organizations effectively."
The updates to the Microsoft Software Donation program, which is currently available in more than 100 countries around the world, include the following:
- Number of different Microsoft software products that can be requested has been expanded from six to 10 to allow nonprofits to get the software they need, such as Windows 7, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.
- Three new categories of nonprofit organizations are now eligible for software donations, including medical research organizations, private foundations, and amateur sports and recreational organizations.
- Donations program includes a new Get Genuine offering so nonprofits can ensure their existing computers are running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems to help keep their software up-to-date and security-enhanced.
- Nonprofits can now request a software donation from Microsoft through the TechSoup Global Network whenever they need it instead of the previous limit of only one request per year.
- Nonprofit organizations ordering their donations through the TechSoup Global Network can now easily get key donations details in one place with the Microsoft Donations Center, a new website where organizations can review their donation history and identify products their organizations can reque
Eligible nonprofit organizations can choose from a wide range of Microsoft desktop and server products (including Office and Windows). Check out www.microsoft.com/nonprofit to see what's available and learn how to apply. In fact, if you are in one of these 35 countries with a local TechSoup program, you may be able to get technology donations from other companies too, like Cisco, Symantec, or Adobe.
[Source: Microsoft Press]