Discounted Software for Churches
No matter how large or small your church is, software and hardware needs exist. Some churches still have not upgraded from Windows XP, even though as of April 2014 it is no longer supported by Microsoft and even many church management software require churches to upgrade from Windows XP.
The good news is your church does not have to allow cost to preclude it from obtaining some of the software it may need. Tech Soup has a wonderful program for nonprofits that allow you to purchase software and refurbished computers at significant discounts.
The software is available through donations from software providers such as Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit, and others.
Don’t worry, it is not a scam. This is a legitimate company. As its website states: TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with tech products and services, plus learning resources to make informed decisions about technology. Our free resources are available to all users. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.
In fact, our nonprofit ministry has benefited from the services offered by TechSoup, such as Windows 7 for only $12, Windows 8.1 for $12, and Office 2010 Professional for only $32, as well as Office Professional 2013 for only $32. In the quantity we needed, it saved us thousands of dollars!
So, how do you get started? Go to www.techsoup.org and become a member. The process is painless and only takes a few minutes. After you become a member, you then register your church. You will also be required to email, fax, or snail mail your 501(c)3 so you can begin ordering. Once approved, you can then begin to submit your donation requests. That is it!
Enjoy the benefits of this outstanding organization that is making it affordable for churches of all sizes to have up-to-date software and laptops and computers.