Good news! Religious 501(c)(3) organizations can now receive Microsoft donations from TechSoup, as well as donations of Office 365 directly from Microsoft. This includes churches, synagogues, and missions with a focus on worship and evangelism. From operating systems to office productivity suites to graphic design software, Microsoft has made over 250 products available for donation through TechSoup.
Religious organizations have long made important contributions to public life, from alleviating poverty to offering job training and building communities, and Microsoft can help you do even more.
Check out a list of all the donation programs you’re eligible for by logging in to your TechSoup account, clicking Check Eligibility in the left navigation, and selecting your organization from the drop-down menu. Check back often! We’re always adding new products and programs.
And remember: every donation program at TechSoup has its own rules and restrictions. (Some let you request only one donation, some let you request several.) Make sure to check those, so you’re getting all the donations you need.
Signing up to become a TechSoup member, and then registering your nonprofit with us, is the first step toward getting product donations. Plus, as a TechSoup member, you can connect and compare notes with other nonprofits, charities, and libraries in our community forums and on our blog.
To receive product donations from TechSoup, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or a public library. We verify your tax-exempt status through the information you provide us, along with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) information. Qualification generally takes up to 10 business days.
You can check your organization’s qualification status by logging in, selecting My Account, and checking out the Qualification Status column under My Organizations.
Increase productivity, reduce costs, and simplify your nonprofit or charity’s IT management with Office 365 for Nonprofits from Microsoft. Office 365 can enable your team to work how they need to, breaking down geographic boundaries so you can help more people and affect more change. Available directly to qualifying organizations through Microsoft, Office 365 provides you and your staff with web-based access to Office applications, plus professional email, calendar, video conferencing, and access to your documents from anywhere.
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fantastic!!! been hoping for this for years!!!
Techsoup is requesting a determination letter from IRS, even if your church was est. many years ago. Which the IRS didn't included any Tax exempted determination letter.
Please be aware that Faith-based organizations are ONLY eligible for Plan E3 at $4.50 (USD) per user, per month. Other nonprofits have the option of Plan E1 at $0 or E3 at $4.50.
mclayton, if you saying that you need to pay $800 and someone told you that, then either your non-profit is either not running under a 501c3 letter or if a church has been using the automatic exemption that does not give you paperwork for a church. Yes it does cost $800 but that is only for the initial 501c3 application to receive your 501c3 letter. Once you have it, as long as you remain in good standing, your 501c3 is valid. Just like the other person said, some donors what a recent 501c3 determination letter and if you are still valid, all you have to do is request one from the IRS and they will send it to you at no charge.
While I am happy to see Microsoft make their change, being the President and IT manager for several non-profits and the IT manager for a church, I would rather purchase a desktop suite for one simple price than having a monthly per user price. In my case, we may not bring in a lot of donations for support for even such a small monthly fee would hurt our ability to continue to help others. But, still glad to see this option available to churches.
My church does not have 501(c)(3) status; rather, we have a sales tax exemption status as a non-profit religious organization from the State of Oklahoma. 501(c)(3) status is not required by the IRS for churches; therefore, we have not pursued it. Can we still participate in the TechSoup donation program?
To apply for 501c3 status requires an $800 application fee. And if I can't figure out the IRS forms without help from a tax professional, that could be another $200-$500
As a recipient of an Office 365 donation for our Nazarene-denomination church, let me add some info that may help.
If your church is a denomination-based church, your 501(c)3 non-profit status is probably attained by your head office, in our case, the Nazarene headquarters in Kansas City. As such, you should contact the head office for the necessary paperwork stating your status.
TechSoup has saved us hundreds of dollars so far.
We are a church but not a 501c3. Are we still eligible to participate?
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