It sounds like my department's budget for the Festival is pretty slim ($0?), but in case we do have some money and require software, it looks like there are some great deals available through TechSoup Canada.
What kind of deals, might you ask? As a non-profit or charity, you could get:
- Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium for $141 (reg. $1,899)
- Intuit QuickBooks Premier Canadian Edition 2013 for $45 (reg. $249)
- Shopify Unlimited Plan 1-Year for $80 (reg. $1934)
Quite the savings! The available offers do change on a somewhat regular basis and each have different restrictions/qualifications so it's worth reading the fine print.
Signing up for TechSoup Canada is very simple and straightforward. There's some data (as of Oct 2013) you will need to prepare in advance:
- Basic organization information including mailing address and contact information
- Annual budget
- Number of computers available
- Type (i.e. non-profit or charity)
- Registration number (very important!)
- Copies of your official documents (for an Ontario non-profit, we emailed scanned copies of Ontario Letters Patent and Business Number docs after filling out the registration form)
If you are lucky enough to be near Toronto, you can also attend one of their many events.
In short, if you are working with a Canadian non-profit or charity, it's worth signing up with TechSoup Canada. For our American friends south of the border, 501(c)(3) non-profits get access to even more stuff with techsoup.org.
Update (05 Nov 2013) - after dealing with TechSoup support on a couple issues regarding Microsoft, I can honestly say they are one of the most helpful groups I've dealt with.
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