For those unfamiliar with TechSoup, they are a nonprofit organization that provides technology donations to other nonprofits. They are the exclusive donation provider for Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, among others. The qualification process to get your organization registered with TechSoup can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of months to process. Once qualified, TechSoup matches your org up with the donation programs that you qualify for, and you can then log in on behalf of your organization and “purchase” software from those programs at unbeatable prices. (*Technically it’s not a purchase, your org is paying an admin fee to TechSoup, who is facilitating the donation on behalf of the company.)
Every TechSoup donation program has it’s own limitations and restrictions. The Adobe donation program requires that the organization provides specific types of direct services, has a budget under $10 million per year, and limits donations to one suite or four individual products per fiscal year. Eligibility resets on July 1st, and does not carry forward. (Pro tip: get your donation requests in before June 30th!) Organizations that don’t qualify for Adobe’s regular donation program may still qualify for their Special Donation Program, which allows broader eligibility to request donations of previous versions of their software.
A blog about technology in general and nonprofit technology in particular - musings, stories, tutorials, and links. Written by Jason Samuels, IT Director at the National Council on Family Relations. Any opinions stated here are my own.