Important Changes to the Microsoft Donation Program

Microsoft plans changes to the Microsoft program on TechSoup Canada effective April 4, 2022.  Some of these changes will impact the current Microsoft Software Donation Program on TechSoup Canada and are worth your close review as you set plans for your nonprofit or library. 

We call your attention to the recent blog post from Microsoft's Tech for Social Impact group outlining key areas of defined focus and changes to their nonprofit offers to focus on a Microsoft Cloud-first strategy. The changes planned for April 4, 2022, are propelled by Microsoft's goal of better aligning their philanthropic offers to the comprehensive capabilities and security that the Microsoft Cloud can provide nonprofits. TechSoup's partnership with Microsoft has enabled more than 394K organizations globally to access world-class technology solutions, both on-premises and cloud, to better achieve their missions and will continue to prioritize supporting the needs of nonprofits so that they access and utilize the tools they need. 

We've summarized below the changes that will impact Microsoft's longstanding software donation program on TechSoup. We recognize that the planned changes may influence your IT budgeting and your TechSoup experience. We are here to answer your questions and to help you understand options and resources to help you set or re-set plans. Feel free to ask questions here.  

How will the current Microsoft offer on TechSoup Canada change? 

  • On-premises offers: With a few exceptions noted below, on-premises products will no longer be available to nonprofits as a donation beginning April 4, 2022.  On-premises software are stand-alone, perpetual licenses that users install on specific computers and can be used even without an internet connection (i.e.  Office Standard). These products will still be available through TechSoup Canada, but only at charitable discount prices. These typically range from a 60-75% discount from commercial pricing. This results in a price increase of about 3-5 times more than current donation program pricing. Exceptions: 
    • After April 4, 2022, nonprofits will only have access to Windows 11 Pro as an on-premises license as a donation. In those limited countries where  Azure is unavailable, Windows Server and SQL Server will also be available as a donation. (Current Azure availability can be found here).
    • On-premises product donations will be available for those organizations that require software for shared-access devices. We understand that many organizations still need device-based access and are delighted to work with Microsoft to offer this new program to the nonprofits we serve.  Organizations, such as those operating computer labs, training centres, or providing public-access computers will be able to access specific donation offers to support these scenarios. 
  • Organizations will continue to have access to Microsoft cloud donation offers through TechSoup Canada. * Some donation offers also include the downloadable applications found in on-premises offers. The donations available through TechSoup Canada are detailed below: 
    • Microsoft 365 Business Premium will continue to be free for up to 10 users and includes email, downloadable desktop applications (i.e., Office 365  on-premises), cloud file storage and sharing, web conferencing with IM,  audio, and HD video, and simple device management and advanced security features. 
    • Microsoft 365 Business Basic licenses will continue to be free for up to  300 users and include email, cloud file storage and sharing, web conferencing with IM, audio, and HD video, and other services. 
    • Power Apps Per-App plan to build low code and no code custom workflows are available for free for up to 10 seats. 
    • Organizations can also leverage up to $3,500 in Azure services yearly directly from Microsoft. 

*Please note: Microsoft refers to donated offers as granted offers.  Eligibility and restrictions can be found here.  

How can TechSoup Canada help you? 

  • Schedule time to talk about your Cloud Strategy with us. We are here to help. Contact us, and we will help answer your questions and provide you with recommendations. 
  • Now is the time to think about your hybrid solution. We understand that these changes may impact your budget and planning, and we want to support you in making the right decisions for your IT needs. If you need more on-premises licensing, consider also adding a donation cloud offer to ensure your team can start saving documents to the cloud and get familiar with using Teams for collaboration. We also have hundreds of other product offers and solutions available to ensure your organization can be digitally resilient. We are here to help.
  • Build up your team's skills. The TechSoup Microsoft Digital Skills Center, a  part of our TechSoup Courses offerings, has already supported over 40  thousand nonprofit learners worldwide with access to training and skills to help adopt new solutions and maximize the value of the existing solutions you have.  
  • Fill up on donated licenses. Donated licenses are still available up until 4 April 2022, so there’s plenty of time to top up your licenses for use until you’ve exhausted your cycle allowance, which typically lasts for two years

No matter where you are in your tech planning, we are here to support you.


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