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late September at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York,
Autodesk launched the Autodesk
Technology Impact program. This new philanthropic program will provide
software donations to nonprofit organizations in the U.S., Canada, and
Puerto Rico that are directly using design to create a better world. Through
this program, qualifying nonprofit organizations can receive initial grants of
two professional software suites—valued at up to $15,000 worth of software -
for $30 per license.
these software suites are professional level design software. If you are selected for
the donation, the software is download-only. The Autodesk software runs best on
recent vintage 64 bit Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs with a good video card and
lots of RAM memory (8 GB minimum).
eligibility criteria for applying for the software grants here.
Essentially the program is for 501(c)(3) nonprofits or Canadian charities that
have a demonstrable need for design and engineering software. Organizations
that promote a religious belief or faith as a primary mission and also those
that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, orientation, religion etc are
ineligible. You’ll be asked to clearly demonstrate that the use of Autodesk
software will increase the impact of your ideas and innovations. To apply,
and submit a brief online application. There is no word limit for the field
that asks you to describe your program and how you plan to use the software. Find
a list of some recipient organizations here.
is committed to supporting the wealth of innovation happening in the nonprofit
sector. Their philanthropic goal is to ensure nonprofit organizations making
the world a better place through design have ready access to their software. In
the first year of this program, they will provide 1,000 licenses of their four
most popular professional suites to charities. This represents a $7.5 million
investment in the nonprofit design sector.
John Cary, executive director of the Autodesk Foundation, says, “Our goal is to equip at least 500 nonprofit organizations with our
software in the first year of operation. The work by these organizations
represents the full spectrum of design with social impact—some are building
hospitals, housing, and schools around the world, while others are producing
low-cost, life-saving healthcare devices.”