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In case you haven’t heard, 501(c)(3) private foundations are now
eligible to receive donated video conferencing, online collaboration, and
remote desktop solutions from the Citrix Online Donation Program.
Citrix services — like GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, and GoToMyPC — make it easier to hold meetings and
training sessions by allowing staff or constituents from around the world to
call in to your conferences and presentations. Here in TechSoup’s San Francisco
office, we use audio and video conferencing every day to talk with people
working remotely in the Bay Area, New York, or Seattle, as well as with our partner
nonprofits around the world.
In addition to the
Citrix program, there are many other donation programs on TechSoup that are
open to private foundations. Use the TechSoup Check Eligibility Quiz to find out for which
of our many product donation programs your foundation is eligible.
Donations in Action
"Our community health agency recently expanded into
additional counties, causing a difficulty in conducting necessary meetings with
our management team. The donation of GoToMeeting has
enabled us to meet on a regular basis, keeping communication an important
aspect of running our agency. We are so happy that we had the opportunity to
receive this donation, as without it our lives would be much more
sessions on the road, or bringing constituents to you, are just some of the
many ways Citrix is helping nonprofits and libraries. Check out our testimonials page to hear how other
organizations like yours are putting Citrix donations to use.
to Register Your Foundation
As with all
organizations registering at TechSoup, you must join first as an individual and
then register your organization. For a thorough overview of this process, visit
our How to Use TechSoup page or watch our Getting Started with TechSoup video
As part of the
organization registration process, you will be asked to choose an organization
type and subtype. For organization type, private foundations should choose Other
Purposes and Activities from the drop-down menu. Then choose one of the
three available subtypes: Private Grantmaking Foundation, Private
Independent Foundation, or Private Operating Foundation. To
understand which of the three private foundation subtypes you should choose,
below are definitions of each.
Examples of private
grantmaking foundations are the Alcoa Foundation, the BP Foundation, the
Walmart Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.
foundations are usually, but not always, funded from principally one source,
such as a for-profit business. Any grantmaking private foundation that is not a
private independent foundation (explained below) should be classified as a
private grantmaking foundation.
foundations are often family foundations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Li Ka
A private independent
foundation is a private foundation for which most or all of its funding comes
principally from one source, such as one individual or family. Often, its
funding is in the form of an endowment.
Most often, private
operating foundations are organizations that operate museums, theaters, or arts
centers, although any other charitable activity conducted directly by the
foundation can qualify.
Some of the more
well-known private operating foundations are the J. Paul Getty Trust, which
operates the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California and the Wikimedia
Foundation, which operates Wikipedia.
foundations (community foundations like the Silicon Valley Foundation, the San
Francisco Foundation, and the New York Trust) should not be
classified as private grantmaking foundations, because these are considered
public charities. These organizations rely on the public or multiple sources of
funding. If you are a public foundation, the correct subtype to choose is most
likely Gifts, Grants, or Loans to Other Organizations or Fundraising.
After you've registered
your foundation, you'll need to submit a completed Qualification Checklist (PDF 51 KB) and
other documents to verify tax-exempt status and other information.
Qualification generally takes one to two weeks after document submission. You
can check your organization's qualification status through your member profile.
Once you're qualified,
you can start to request the donated software, hardware, and services that your
organization is eligible to receive!
Patrick Duggan | TechSoup Digital Marketing Manager
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