Sometimes it's hidden in the small-print, other times you have to ring up and ask, but 90% of the time, software companies will have some kind of non-profit or charity price discount.
Whether you're subscribing to online software (SaaS: Software as a Service) or paying a one-off software licence fee, most companies are happy (-ish) to provide a disount to charitites or non-profit organisations. Sometimes they'll require that you're officially registered with the Charity Commission or they might want to visit your website and have a look for themselves. In any case, software companies know that they can attract long-term customers with a discount that recognises the work charities do and your non-profit status.
Confirming that you're on a discounted charity plan is a good step in checking through your organisation's software and digital services. Make a list of the software and services you use, and start checking your invoices. If you don't see a discount applied, or the price is the standard one they offer to everyone, start digging. What have you got to lose? You could save hundreds of pounds each year.
To help you get a grip on your digital resources and remind you to check for charity pricing, I've created two useful resources for you:
Download and print your own copy of my Technology Audit Workbook. A quick tool to help you sort out your digital tools & resources and spot areas where you could save money.
Of course, there's a handy tick-box that reminds you to check you're on a discounted price.
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