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As of February 2015, the Autodesk Technology Impact Program is now being managed by TechSoup. See the Autodesk Technology Impact Program for details about the products offered through TechSoup.
In 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.
All 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).
Find the 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, simply complete 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.
Autodesk 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.”
The Autodesk Technology Impact Program is now being managed by TechSoup!