Charities and Microsoft

It is easy to overlook due to lack of advertising that Microsoft provides heavily discounted and free technology to non-profit organisations and charities.

We are committed to providing donated or discounted technology to nonprofits doing good in communities around the world. Thank you for your interest in receiving our nonprofit offers, and for all the important work you do! — Microsoft

To qualify you must be able to prove your non-profit / charity status and sign Microsoft’s anti-discrimination policy. Further information to check if you qualify for this offer are available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/philanthropies/product-donations/eligibility/.

As an indication, to qualify as a non-profit in the UK the following conditions apply:

  • Organizations must be nonprofit or non-governmental organizations with recognized charitable status in their respective location. England and Wales, registered with the UK Charity Commission and/or registered with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as tax exempt; Scotland, registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and/or registered with HM Revenue & Customs as tax exempt; or Northern Ireland, registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) and/or registered with HM Revenue & Customs as tax exempt.
  • 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.

Office 365 is one of the products that are eligible under this deal. It starts from completely free of charge depending on your organisations status and the product you wish to have. Full details of the Microsoft programme including the requirements, the software and signup pages can be found here. https://products.office.com/en-gb/nonprofit/office-365-nonprofit-plans-and-pricing#seemore.