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4imprint one by one
Every business day, 4imprint gives three different organizations – including accredited schools – $500 worth of promotional items through its one by one® program. 4imprint carries hundreds of different types of products, including calculators, USB drives, pencils, notebooks, backpacks, keychains and more, that can be personalized with your school’s logo.
Apple Certified Refurbished
In addition to discounted education pricing on new products, Apple offers discounts of up to 30% off on refurbished products. When ordered from Apple they are essentially in like-new condition and likely the best discounts you’ll find.
Catchafire provides non-profits with services like:
- Grant enhancements
- Strategic planning
- Tech systems set up and more.
They charge for services, except for schools in New Jersey. Read more here.
Good360 distributes donated goods such as electronics, apparel, office/school supplies and personal care products. You can’t sell the products or give them to another non-profit but you can use them for your own school. You’ll have to do some paperwork to keep track of what you’ve received. Read the restrictions here.
This is an amazing find. You can get up to $10,000 worth of Google Ads per month to promote your non-profit! You must be registered on TechSoup.org to be eligible.
To keep the ads going, you have to maintain a 5% CTR (click through rate); make use of geo-targeting; feature at least two active ad groups, which must contain related keywords and two active text ads; and… the list goes on. Get started here. There’s a lot of potential here, but be sure to have someone who knows Google Ads inside and out run your campaigns. Read the restrictions here.
Google Apps for School
G Suite for Education, Google’s collection of apps for schools, is available here.
Like TechSoup, NewEgg sells computer hardware. It has a much wider selection, but at less of a discount.
- New computers: With Windows PCs starting at around $200, this is a valuable website to shop for computers.
- Refurbished: Most come with a warranty or reasonable return policy. Chromebook laptops start at $60.
You can get Microsoft Office for free for your whole staff and for all students – and even their parents! The new version offers both a web-based and installed options. Plus, Gradelink integrates with Office 365.
TechSoup is a great place to purchase software and hardware. They beat leading online retailers almost every time. The only negative is they have limited stock.