Obtaining low cost hardware and software for your U3A

by Mel Llewellyn, Eastlakes U3A

Connecting Up Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that works to unleash the power of not-for-profits by providing a variety of information, products, resources and programs. Connecting Up manages technology donation programs of companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, Symantec, SAP and many more to qualified not-forprofit organisations in Australia,

To participate in Connecting Up’s Donation and Discount program, eligible organisations must be non-profit nongovernment entities with a charitable purpose and meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

All of Connectingup’s donating and discounting partners have differing eligibility requirements over and above these requirements.

Is your U3A listed on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Register OR have its income tax exempt (ITE) status recognised on the Australian Business Register? If Yes – Your U3A is likely to qualify to receive donated and discounted technology from some or all of our partners. Go to www.connectingup.org and follow the instructions to register for a Connecting Up account then the Donations and Discount Program

If your U3A is not listed with ACNC or income tax exempt, then you will need to register with the ACNC (www.acnc.gov.au), OR provide evidence of its income tax exemption.

Once Connectingup has sufficient evidence of your U3A’s income tax exemption you will receive an eligibility email typically from them, at which stage you will be qualified to place donation and discount requests via its platform.

For further information, go to www.connectingup.org