While this is not one of the deals we typically post on SmartCanucks, I know many SCers volunteer for charitable groups so I thought I would share this with those members.
I work for a non profit, and we have used TechSoup for a couple of years for legal software that we really wanted but could not afford. Having full versions of expensive software has helped us as a group to appear more professional than when using free versions with watermarks/advertising etc while remaining on the legal side of using these programs.
You need to register your group with them and send proof of eligibility and they will give you a list of software you are eligible to receive for just an administrative fee. The type of software depends greatly on what kind of group you are and your annual budget etc as some software partners restrict donations to their philanthropic aims.
To give you an idea of current pricing for the items we have ‘bought’ from them:
- Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium (Windows) $178 ($1899 direct from Adobe)
- Quickbooks Accounting Premier (inc NonProfit) $48 ($499 direct from Intuit)
So if like us, you are looking for software and not willing to pay hundreds (or thousands) but also don’t want to risk downloading fake or virus laden copies you can check them out at techsoupcanada.ca