Microsoft Software Donations Programme

Restrictions: 
Eligibility Criteria: 
  • This programme is currently available only to UK registered Charities and Charitable Housing Associations.
  • Products will be distributed to eligible organisations only, not to individuals, and within the Microsoft Guidelines.
  • Organisations which provide the following types of services may be eligible to receive Microsoft donations through this programme:
  • Relief to the poor
  • Advancement of education
  • Advancement of social and community welfare
  • Advancement of culture
  • Advancement of the natural environment
  • Other purposes beneficial to the community
  • Additional types of organisations may be eligible to receive Microsoft donations through this programme, including:
  • Public libraries for public access purposes
  • Public Museums
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief organisations
  • Community Health Clinics
  • Behavioral healthcare nonprofits that provide mental health, chemical dependency and other psychosocial services to the community
  • Women’s health centres
  • Blood banks
  • Trade associations with registered charity status that have charitable aims and activities
  • Religious organisations, registered as a charity, with a secular community designation that is separate from the church or religious organisation, that provides services to people regardless of their religious beliefs, and does not propagate a belief in a specific faith
  • Organisations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination, and/or retirement 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, other than as allowed by law, are not eligible to participate in this programme.  Organisations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to receive donations.
  • The following types of organisations are not eligible to receive Microsoft donations through this programme:

  • Governmental organisations or agencies including international governmental organisations and United Nations Entities
  • Educational Institutions – organisations eligible through Microsoft academic volume licensing programs are not eligible for software donations, including nonprofit private schools
  • Healthcare Organisations and Networks – healthcare organisations and networks including hospitals, specialty networks, ambulatory healthcare services, home healthcare and assisted living healthcare organisations are not eligible. Exceptions: Community health clinics, medical research groups, behavioral healthcare, women's health centers, and blood banks are eligible to request Microsoft software donations.
  • Healthcare Research Organisations and Research Laboratories – Includes organisations pursuing systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to general knowledge
  • Commerce and Trade Associations without charitable aims or activities
  • Sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances
  • Fund-raising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments
  • Political, Labour and Fraternal organisations
  • Refurbishers that will be installing the donated software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools
  • Religious organisations (1) not registered as a charity and (2) without a secular community designation that is separate from the church or religious organisation
  • Organisations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background. Organisations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to receive donations
  Guidelines:
    Provided an organisation meets the Eligibility Criteria for the Microsoft Software Donations Programme, donation requests can be made in line with the following entitlement guidelines: 
    • Your organisation's first donation request after 27th July 2011 marks the beginning of its recurring two-year cycles. Within a two-year period, each eligible organisation may request:
    • Products from up to 10 of the title groups, with a 50-license maximum for desktop and operating systems or license-only title groups (see below for more details)
    • A maximum of five server products, regardless of title group (see below for more details)
    • There is no limit to the number of times an organisation can make a Microsoft donation request within the two-year cycle as long as they have not used up their full 10 title Entitlement.
    • After two years, a new cycle begins, and the Entitlement is reset.
     
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