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Since Windows 2012 is expensive, I'd like to look at a possible discounted group buy. An IT friend said that a non-profit can often get multiple licenses of various big name software programs at huge discount through techsoup.org and that this has included in his experience, Windows OS.

 

I'm wondering if there isn't an audio society that's non-profit in the U.S. that might be the middle-man for such a purchase.

 

Anybody belong to such a society that might want to get the ball rolling?

MG555

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Since Windows 2012 is expensive, I'd like to look at a possible discounted group buy. An IT friend said that a non-profit can often get multiple licenses of various big name software programs at huge discount through techsoup.org and that this has included in his experience, Windows OS.

 

I'm wondering if there isn't an audio society that's non-profit in the U.S. that might be the middle-man for such a purchase.

 

Anybody belong to such a society that might want to get the ball rolling?

I doubt you would meet the criteria...

 

 

Microsoft - Restrictions for the Software Donation Program for Nonprofits and Public Libraries

  • This donation is available to nonprofits with 501©(3) designation and to public libraries.
  • The Microsoft Donation Program serves nonprofit organizations whose mission benefits the local community. Among these organizations are the following types, which have recently had changes to their eligibility:
    • Health services and related activities that are independent and not owned and operated by organizations that are eligible for Microsoft Government, Academic, or Health programs. These include community health clinics, medical research groups, behavioral healthcare nonprofits, women's health centers, hospices, rescue and emergency services, organizations that support patients and their families, and blood banks.
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    • Private grantmaking foundations that receive the majority of assets or income from an individual, family, or corporation.
    • Museums.
    • Religious or faith-based organizations.

    [*]Public libraries must either have valid 501©(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database. Public libraries may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers that are used to directly manage either the public access computers or the library's public access program. Participating libraries must also make their collection and basic services available to the population of their legal service area without charges to individual users (excluding incidental fees such as printing charges). If they so choose, libraries may impose charges on users outside the legal service area and may provide products and services (beyond basic services) to the public at large, with or without individual charges.

    [*]Organizations that are not eligible: Not all 501©(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for participation in the Microsoft Donation Program. Those that are not eligible should visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Industries for more information about charity licensing; they may still be eligible for discounted software from Microsoft. The following types of organizations are ineligible for Microsoft software donations:

    • Governmental organizations or agencies.
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    • Nonpublic libraries, including private libraries, school libraries, specialty libraries, armed forces libraries, and libraries in government agencies.

    [*]Organizations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination, or retirement on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status, other than as allowed by law, are not eligible to participate in this program.

    [*]Eligible organizations receive an allotment of Microsoft software donation requests that is reset every two years. An organization's two-year cycle begins with its first donation request after July 27, 2011. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment available. The organization does not need to request the full amount of its allotment. There is no limit to the number of separate requests the organization can make and no minimum quantity requirement.

    [*]During its two-year cycle, an organization can request products from up to 10 title groups. For title groups that contain applications that run on an individual computer (like a desktop or laptop PC), there is a 50-license maximum. For title groups that contain client access licenses or other licenses that provide for connection to or management of a server, there is also a 50-license maximum. For server products, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group. For further details, see Quantity and Frequency of Microsoft Requests on the Microsoft Donation Program — Eligibility and Allotments page.

    [*]Microsoft products may not be transferred between separate legal entities or resold. Additionally, Microsoft products may not be installed on computers that will be given to or sold to other organizations or individuals, even as part of a charitable program.

    [*]Donated product will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations and libraries only, not to individuals.

 

 

The bolded statement in the final bullet point would mean your idea is a non-starter! Also this is for 501©(3) which (while I don't know US law) would not be applicable for an audio society - that would be a 501©(7) from reading Wikipedia.

 

If you want to use Windows Server - you have to bite the bullet and pay the cost! There is no getting around it.

 

Eloise

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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