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Cisco has launched a new Flip Video donation
program with TechSoup. Eligible nonprofits and libraries can now each request
up to five bundles of video cameras.
Flip Video cameras, you can take up to one hour of high-quality digital,
high-definition video anywhere. These lightweight, pocket-sized cameras are
ideal for documenting or sharing your organization's work in action. With
one-button operation and flip-out USB arm, even staff or volunteers with little
technical knowledge can record, edit, and upload video to the web.
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I get the message that my organization is not eligible for the Flip Camera program, but I can't find a reason for this. Can you please explain? Thank you, Teresa Picchi, President, EBEA
I'll have to forward your information along to our client services team to look at your organization's eligibility. Each donor partner can set their own restrictions as to where their donations are distributed, so our client services folks should be able to look into it for you.
I also received the message that our organization was not eligible for the flip program. Would be glad to understand the reason for this.
Kids for Tomorrow
Hi EBEA and samtannehill,
As Becky mentioned, each partner sets their own program restrictions. It is important to review the restrictions for each program and compare those to the organization type and subtype (selected during registration) on your organization's account. In this case, both of your organizations are categorized as a school or other type of educational / education related organization. The Flip Video program restrictions state: "Flip Video products are not available for distribution to schools, some student-assistance organizations..."
Client Services is happy to review your account information and activities to ensure that your organizations are in the correct categories that reflect your primary missions. You will be contacted directly (separately) with more information.
How many bundles are allowed per organization? We are a nonprofit literary group with 28 members.
You can request up to 5 bundles per organization.
If I order 1 bundle now, is my organization still eligible for up to four more later in the year?
I don't believe Flip Video limits how many times you can request donations throughout the year, however the terms say that there is a max of 5 bundles per fiscal year. "Five product bundles may be requested within a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30)."
However, these are not unlimited in their quantity and they're a really popular donation product, so there's no guarantee that we'll still be offering the donation a few months from now. It all depends on how much they donate and how many bundles other organizations request in the meantime. If you think you'll need more than 1 bundle in the near future, I personally would request more now than waiting until later.
With high-demand products like these, we frequently run out of stock or the admin fees change as different versions come out. We don't have control over how much stock of Flip bundles we can put out to the nonprofit and library communities, so there's always a risk that they won't be around for long.
Hope that helps!
We got the same "not eligible" message, but my non profit is registered as 501(c)(3) NonprofitTax with an Organization Type of Conservation, Environmental and Beautification ActivitiesOrganization and sub-Type:Computer refurbishers. Can you help us understand why we are not eligible?
Also, instructions for how to "review the restrictions for each program" would be helpful.
Thanks for the quick response, BeckyW. Your answer makes perfect sense, and I appreciate the suggestions. We have been using Creative VADO cameras for a long time in our organization and they get the job done, but are getting hard to find -- not to mention the cost of these is quite enticing! I did confirm with Cisco that these CANNOT take video at any less than HD resolution. Our need is for much lower resolution (which creates smaller file sizes and doesn't create a storage problem for us) - so I thought I'd order 1 bundle to test results before I bought others.
Anyway, I'll work through it, and thanks again for the quick response.
...Kevin Horton, SARRC/Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Phoenix, AZ
We are a preschool (3mo-5y) and family resource center for all ages and tried to apply for a donation through Flip's prior donation program directly with Flip. Got a similar rejection to the one others have mentioned here -- that we are educational and therefore not eligible. But as we're not K-12 we can't apply for school grants either. It seems there's a big hole as far as educational organizations that aren't K-12 are concerned.
Becky, do you happen to have any insight into Flip's take on this? So many nonprofits work with children; it would be a shame if we were all locked out! I feel I read through Flip's TechSoup guidelines pretty carefully and that we *should* be eligible but I'm wondering if it's worth the effort to apply, given our prior rejection and what others are saying here.
Hi amcmahon and bgaff -- you can view the restrictions for the Flip Video program at this link: home.techsoup.org/.../Product.aspx
Basically, your eligibility is based on your Organization Type and SubType, which you selected when you registered your organization with TechSoup initially (or maybe someone else from your organization did). Anyway, those types and subtypes are based on the IRS-defined NTEE codes (which is a classification system to determine what classes of nonprofits there are; you can see an example here: www2.guidestar.org/.../ntee-codes.aspx)
If your org type or subtype restricts you from accessing donations that you think you should be eligible to request, you should contact our client services department to have them review your account to ensure that you're classified accurately for your mission.
Again, we, at TechSoup, don't determine what types of organizations can receive donations (essentially in-kind grants) of the products from our donor partners - they do - and we're required to abide by those requirements. But if your organization could be equally classified under a different category, it may be worth checking with our client services folks by submitting an email: www.techsoup.org/.../email.asp or calling them at: (415)-633-9300.
Hello.. I tried to request this product for my non profit and was denied once again. I received an email stating they would change our org. Status. Just wanted to see what we could do to move forward with this. Thank you
We will look into this and get back to you morning tomorrow by email!
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