Nonprofits Grants & Credits Eligibility | Microsoft Nonprofits (2022)

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Microsoft provides grants and discounted solutions to eligible nonprofits. The steps below will help you determine eligibility for your organization.

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1. Is my organization eligible?

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

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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).

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

See the nonprofit organization eligibility guidelines

View eligibility FAQs for additional information

In addition to the organization criteria, 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.VisitMicrosoft Licensingfor more information about licensing options for ineligible organizations.Examples of ineligible organizations include, but arenot limited to:

  • Nonprofit organizationsthat have not obtained recognized legal status in their respectivecountry;
  • Governmental organizationsor agencies, including governmental museums, international governmental organizations, and United NationsEntities;
  • Schools, colleges and universitiesincluding formal educational institutions, nonprofitschools,and academicmuseums;
  • Healthcare organizationsincluding, but not limited to, hospitals, healthcare networks, health plans, and ambulatory/outpatient healthcare organizations;
  • Public Utilities,including public transportation, telecommunications, and utilities;
  • Financial institutions,including banks, insurance providers, and pension and retirement funds;
  • Professional, commerce and tradeassociations;
  • Professional and semi-professional sportsorganizations,including governing bodies, Olympics, and national or international tournaments;
  • Political, labor, and fraternalorganizations;
  • Refurbishersthat will be installing the software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools. Please emailoemmar@microsoft.comfor more information about the Registered Refurbisher Program;
  • Individuals.

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

See mission eligibility exceptions

View eligibility FAQs for more additional information

In additional to the previous criteria, 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.

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

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 the sole discretion of Microsoft and are not subject to external review. Microsoft requires that grantees regularly complete an attestation to our donor rules to maintain eligibility. Failure to complete the required attestation may remove eligibility for Microsoft’s nonprofit programs unless/until organization completes the required attestation.Additionally, Microsoft reserves the right to reduce or remove an organization's access to nonprofit offers if the organization is determined to abuse the program. Examples of program abuse include, but are not limited to, intentional user mis-licensing, sharing licenses with ineligible organizations, or failing to remove unused grant licenses from an organization’s subscription (i.e., failure to maintain at least 85% active usage of all granted licenses).

2. Who should register?

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Registering your organization

The person completing the nonprofit registration must be an employee or strategic volunteer of the nonprofit. If you are a third-party IT provider or other entity working for a nonprofit, you may not complete registration on its behalf.

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.

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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 grantedlicenses from their subscription. Adherence to policy guidance is encouraged and tenant may be subject to audit by Microsoft.
  • Discounts – Discounted licensesare 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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Paid employees

Paid staff includes employees on mandatory unpaid time off but who remain employees of the nonprofit, often referred to as furloughed staff. It does not include staff whose employment has been terminated or is subject to layoff. Paid staff are permitted to use granted and discounted licenses.

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Unpaid executive staff

Unpaid executive staff is defined as unpaid staff that acts as senior leadership for the nonprofit. Eligible unpaid executive roles are board of directors, president, officer, executive director, and executive program directors. Eligible unpaid executive staff are permitted to use granted and discounted licenses.

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Volunteers and temporary staff

Volunteers is defined as all other non-executive unpaid staff and general volunteers. Discounted nonprofit offers are permitted for all nonprofit staff and volunteers.

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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.

Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations must:

  • Holdrecognized,legal charitable status as defined in their countries;
  • Operate on a not-for-profitbasis;
  • Have a mission to benefit the broadercommunity;
  • Attest to Microsoft's anti-discriminationpolicy;
  • Only assign licenses to eligiblestaff;
  • Only use the licenses for their organization and not license partner, affiliate, or sister organizations.

Nonprofitgrants 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 Microsoft 365 capabilities, including an organization email address, to your volunteers.

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.

Nonprofits that meet the Academic eligibility rules can purchase available Academic licenses for students and faculty, but this Academic licensing will need to be procured and managed through a separate tenant.

To maximize the number of nonprofit organizations we can serve through our grants, Microsoft Philanthropies requires nonprofits to manage within 85% active usage of all granted Assigned Licenses. We actively review utilization of granted software and nonprofits that fail to manage within this 85% utilization requirement run the risk of disqualifying for any future grants from Microsoft.

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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.

Review the information at https://www.microsoft.com/nonprofits/eligibilityand proceed with registrationto confirm your eligibility.

Legal nonprofit status is only part of eligibility. There are additional eligibility requirements described at the top of this page.

Once a nonprofit organization is validated as eligible,Microsoft requires that grantees regularly complete an attestation to our donor rules to maintain eligibility. Microsoft will send a reminder when an attestation is due, but it is ultimately your organization’s responsibility to complete the required attestation. Failure to complete the required attestation may remove eligibility for Microsoft’s nonprofit programs unless/until you complete the required attestation. Additionally, you may be requested to review your current contact details and provide any required updates.

Please review theeligibility guidelinesfor your country. If you still have questions, you cancontact 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. Microsoft does not require nor collect evidence of compliance with the anti-discrimination policy, nor does Microsoft make legal judgments of the accuracy of the certification or applicability of anti-discrimination law to your organization's practices. As always, however, Microsoft reserves the right to grant or deny an organization's application or participation at any time, for any reason.

FAQs

Can a church get Microsoft Office for free? ›

Yes. A nonprofit that has become eligible for Microsoft 365 Nonprofit offers can purchase both commercial and nonprofit offers going forward. How do I get help installing and using my Microsoft software?

What is Microsoft nonprofit portal? ›

The Nonprofit Portal is just that, a portal to access the nonprofit offers and what-not. The nonprofit licenses to the Office products are simply 'purchased' at $0 based on your limit via the admin center.

Does Microsoft donate to charity? ›

Last year, Microsoft employees gave over $142 million in donations to over 19,000 organizations around the world. We funded computer science education and digital literacy programs in 58 countries reaching over 15 million youth. And we donated over $465 million in Microsoft Cloud donations to over 71,000 nonprofits.

Is Microsoft teams free for non profits? ›

Microsoft Teams is a comprehensive tool to help you collaborate effectively with your team, organize projects, and find a process that works for you. Remote work can be challenging, so we've created this guide to help you get up and running on Teams. Best of all, getting access to Teams is free for nonprofits!

Is Excel free for nonprofits? ›

The only difference is that eligible nonprofits don't have to pay. A few key features included with both free Office 365 plans are: Office for the Web: Browser-based versions of Microsoft Office apps. This includes familiar programs like Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, as well as Sway and Forms.

Do churches qualify for Microsoft nonprofit? ›

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.

Does Google donate to nonprofits? ›

Put simply, Google Grants (also known as Ad Grants or Google Ad Grants) is a program where Google provides eligible nonprofits with an in-kind donation of $10,000 in monthly ads funding.

Is G suite for nonprofits free? ›

Google Workspace for Nonprofits (offered at no charge) Business Standard (USD $3/user/month with nonprofit discount) Business Plus (USD $5.04/user/month with nonprofit discount) Enterprise editions (at 70%+ nonprofit discount)

Does Microsoft give discounts to nonprofits? ›

Microsoft provides grants and discounts for eligible nonprofit organizations, including cloud services like Microsoft 365, Azure and Dynamics 365, Surface hardware, on-premises software, and digital skilling.

What organization donates the most to charity? ›

1. Gilead Sciences leads the pack in charitable giving for 2017. Biotech firm Gilead Sciences donated the most money to charitable causes in 2017 — $388 million — according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's survey of charitable giving by major US companies in 2017.

What is the largest charity organization in the world? ›

Catholic Church: World's biggest charitable organization.

Who has donated the most money to charity? ›

George Soros HonFBA is an American investor, the most charitable person in the world, and philanthropist who was born in Hungary. He had an estimated net worth of $8.6 billion in March 2021, given the Open Society Foundation more than $32 billion.

Is OneDrive free for nonprofits? ›

Microsoft offers OneDrive for Business as a nonprofit donation as part of the Microsoft 365 Business package. There's no fee to use it, and it includes 1TB of OneDrive storage and access to Office 365 online.

What's the difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365? ›

What is the difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365? Microsoft 365 includes everything you know in Office 365. Microsoft 365 is designed to help people and businesses achieve more with innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security.

What is Microsoft teams phone standard? ›

Teams Phone System is a hosted telephone service that gives you call control and Private Branch Exchange (PBX) capabilities. Teams Phone Standard licenses give you all Teams Phone System capabilities like cloud voicemail, caller ID, call park, call forwarding, auto attendants, call queues, call transfer, and caller ID.

Does Zoom have a discount for Nonprofits? ›

Does Zoom offer discounts for nonprofits? Nonprofits and charities may have access to up to 50% off of a Zoom Pro plan, or some nonprofits may choose to organize their calls using other Zoom services.

How do I get non profit status on Microsoft? ›

Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations must:
  1. Hold recognized, legal charitable status as defined in their countries;
  2. Operate on a not-for-profit basis;
  3. Have a mission to benefit the broader community;
  4. Attest to Microsoft's anti-discrimination policy;
  5. Only assign licences to eligible staff;

Does Apple donate products to nonprofits? ›

This is on top of the corporate donations Apple's Community Investment team makes each year to nonprofits around the world, including Feeding America, FIRST, Malala Fund, Simplon, and many others.

Does Microsoft offer discounts to churches? ›

Rather than a basic discount, Microsoft offers a menu of plans based on the size and needs of your organization. All registered 501(c)3 organizations, including churches, museums, camps as well as nonprofit companies qualify for the Microsoft Office 365 nonprofit discount.

Does Sony donate to charity? ›

Within the U.S., Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on art, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas.

Does Disney donate to nonprofits? ›

Through financial contributions, collaborations with nonprofit organizations, in-kind donations, and employee volunteerism, Disney brings positive, lasting change to communities around the world.

Who is eligible for Google Grants? ›

Google Ad Grant eligibility is simple to verify. To be eligible for the Google Ad Grant, your nonprofit must have their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status if you're operating in the United States, and have a website that is up to Google's standards of quality. You must also agree to Google's terms and conditions.

Is YouTube free for nonprofits? ›

Google offers several benefits to nonprofit organizations, including free Google Workspace, Google Ad Grants, Google Earth and Maps, and the YouTube for Nonprofit Program.

How many users can I have on G suite for Nonprofits? ›

Google Workspace for Nonprofits and nonprofit discounts on Business Standard and Business Plus have a maximum limit of 2,000 users. There is no minimum or maximum user limit for discounted Enterprise plans.

Can a nonprofit have a Gmail account? ›

Request a Google for Nonprofits account

Once you have confirmed your organization's eligibility, go to Google for Nonprofits and click Get started. If your organization already has an account, the system will walk you through the steps to request access.

How do Nonprofits get Gmail? ›

Steps to get Google products
  1. Confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Request a Google for Nonprofits account.
  3. Once your nonprofit is verified, we'll let you know by email.
  4. Then you can activate and use the individual products.

What is charity digital? ›

Charity Digital empowers UK charities to accelerate their mission through technology. It provides access to online fundraising, email marketing, software and cloud solutions for non-profits along with advice on selecting and utilising the right technology. Charity Digital. 657 subscribers. About Tech Trust.

Does Microsoft match donations? ›

Microsoft employee giving program

To support our employees' passion for giving, Microsoft matches employee donations of time and money to nonprofit organizations.

What is Microsoft Tech for social impact? ›

Microsoft Tech for Social Impact aims to accelerate digital transformation across three million nonprofits globally, so they can have a greater impact on the world's most critical social issues.

Does Walmart give donations to nonprofits? ›

Each year, our U.S. stores and clubs award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of communities where we operate. They include a variety of organizations, such as animal shelters, elder services and community cleanup projects.

What religion donates the most to charity? ›

These giving levels vary by particular faith. Mormons are the most generous Americans, both by participation level and by size of gifts.

Why do charities ask for $19.00 per month? ›

The IRS requires charities and nonprofits to give donors receipts for annual donations totaling $250 or more. Asking for $19 monthly adds up to only $228 a year. This saves them from the cost and time needed to mail receipts to their many donors.

Is a charity the same as a nonprofit? ›

Definition. A nonprofit is an organization that uses its income and profits for the organization's main goal that supports the mission. On the other hand, a charity is a type of nonprofit that engages in activities aimed at improving lives in the communities.

What is the largest nonprofit in the US? ›

NPT Top100 Data:
NameTotal Revenue
1The Y (YMCA of the USA)7738001000
2Goodwill Industries International6095130089
3Catholic Charities USA4365415012
4The Salvation Army 1 2 33750278000
9 more rows
4 Nov 2019

What country has the most nonprofit organizations? ›

United States

Who is the most generous billionaire? ›

Charitable Billionaires: World's Top 5 Givers
  • Warren Buffett. ...
  • George Soros. ...
  • Azim Premji. ...
  • Charles Francis Feeney.
3 Mar 2022

How do you ask for money on billionaire? ›

Avoid statements such as “Please send me some money” and “I need money really urgently” and “You are my last hope for money." In concise terms, you want to explain your situation, state why you need money, explain what you will do with any monies received and describe how that person can contact you.

What percent of Bill Gates money goes to charity? ›

Bill and Melinda Gates are one of the richest couples in the world but they've pledged to give away 95% of their fortune - so far £17 billion has gone to their charitable foundation which helps health projects across the globe.

Is Microsoft 365 still free? ›

Use Office 365 Mobile Apps For Free

Microsoft has a free version of Office available for smartphones and tablets. If your device screen is smaller than 10.1 inches, you can edit Microsoft Office documents for free. This includes 10-inch Android tablets and the 9.7-inch iPad (but not the 10.2-inch 7th-Generation iPad).

Do you have to pay for Microsoft Word every year? ›

Office 2021 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, there are no upgrade options, which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you'll have to buy it at full price.

How can I use Microsoft Word without subscription? ›

Microsoft makes a free version of Microsoft Word available for anyone to use on the web. You have to register a Microsoft account, but that's free too. As the app works entirely inside a web browser, you can access it from any computer, and your files are always synced and saved in the cloud.

Can you use MS Teams without a license? ›

All you need is a Microsoft account. To get a basic free version of Microsoft Teams: Make sure you have a Microsoft account. If you're using Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com, or Xbox Live, then you already have an account, but if you don't have one, it's free to create a new Microsoft account.

How much is Microsoft phone license? ›

The Microsoft Teams add-on licenses are: Phone System: $8 per user/month. Audio Conferencing: $4 per user/month. Domestic Calling Plan: $12 per user/month.

Can you call a regular phone number with Microsoft Teams? ›

Can Microsoft Teams Call My Phone? You can make and take phone calls from within the Microsoft Teams app without any problems. Teams supports both cell and landline calls. To dial a phone number directly from Teams, click on Calls, select Dial a number, and enter the phone number you want to reach.

What is Microsoft Power automate free? ›

What is Power Automate? Power Automate is a public cloud service to help individuals and teams to set up automated workflows between their favorite apps and services to synchronize, get notifications, collect data, and more.

Can I get Office 365 for free? ›

Get started with Office 365 for free

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. Use your valid school email address to get started today.

What is the default naming format of your root sharepoint online site? ›

The URL of this site is typically contoso.sharepoint.com, the default name is "Communication site," and the owner is Company Administrator (all Global Administrators in the organization). The root site can't be connected to a Microsoft 365 group.

Is Power Automate easy to learn? ›

Pros: This software is very easy to use and does not require any coding background. The code used is low level and very easy to understand. The software is easy to deploy in the company from the first day and benefits are seen almost immediately. Power automate cuts out a lot of manual effort.

What license do you need to use Power Automate? ›

All the users who has credentials of the service account and the service account need a Power Apps/Dynamics 365 license. If they don't have a Power Apps/Dynamics 365 license, all the users and the service account need Power Automate user licenses.

Who needs a power app license? ›

PowerApps and Flow can be used only within the Office 365 tenant - this means in your own organization: Every user needs to login with his (company's) Office 365 credentials. No company login, no access. Every user who wants to use a PowerApps app, needs a license.

What version of Microsoft Office is completely free? ›

Get Microsoft Office 365 free if you're a student or a teacher. If you're a student, teacher or faculty member with an active school email address, you're likely eligible to get access to Office 365 for free through Microsoft, with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and additional classroom tools.

Can I still use Microsoft Word after subscription expires? ›

"Renew your subscription" or "Subscription expired"

Your Microsoft 365 subscription is about to expire, or has expired. To continue using Office, you must renew your Microsoft 365 subscription.

How can I use Microsoft Word without subscription? ›

Office for the web is a free version of Office that you can use in a web browser. All you need is to sign up for a Microsoft account with a new or existing email address. Try the Office for the web apps.

How do I rename a Onedrive link? ›

Right-click anywhere on the link and, on the shortcut menu, click Edit Hyperlink. In the Edit Hyperlink dialog, select the text in the Text to display box. Type the text you want to use for the link, and then click OK.

How do I set a homepage in SharePoint? ›

On the Site contents page, select Site pages.) From the pages library, find the page you want to make a homepage, and select the circular option button to the left of the page title. next to the page title, and then select Make homepage.

How do I rename a SharePoint site URL? ›

Change a site address in the new SharePoint admin center

To open the details pane, select the site name. On the General tab, under URL, select Edit. Enter the new site address, and then select Save.

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