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Microsoft Makes It Easier for Charitable Organizations to Get Donated Software

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On July 27, 2011, Techsoup announced that Microsoft has changed their Software Donation Program to make it even easier for 501(c)(3) charitable organizations to obtain Microsoft licensed products through them.    This is a huge benefit for Non-Profits that need to purchase new Microsoft software licenses, including Office, Windows 7, Microsoft SQL Server and Dynamics CRM.

 

Techsoup, for those of you who may be unfamiliar with them, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing other nonprofits and libraries with low-cost technology to help them fulfill their missions.    To purchase from Techsoup.org, you need to register with them and prove that you are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.   Once you have done that, you can purchase a host of different software products at close to nothing.

 

Prior to the changes in Microsoft’s Donation Program, organizations could only place an order for Microsoft products once a year and the number of titles / licenses that could be ordered was very limited.   Now organizations can request what they need, when they need it.     In addition, you can request software from up to ten different Microsoft title groups in each two-year cycle.   The title groups include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Access
  • Dynamics CRM
  • Exchange Server
  • Office (Including Outlook)
  • InfoPath
  • Lync
  • MapPoint
  • OneNote
  • Project
  • Publisher
  • SharePoint
  • Small Business Server
  • SQL Server
  • System Center
  • Visio
  • Visual Studio
  • Windows Desktop & Server

 

Of the preceding title groups, Microsoft Dynamics CRM is one of the fastest growing applications in the non-profit industry due to its ability to help organizations do more with less.    Now, with Techsoup and Microsoft’s Software Donation Program, even small non-profits can afford Dynamics CRM.    To learn more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM or Techsoup, please feel free to contact James Meyer at jmeyer@manersolutions.com or (517) 886-9513.

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