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  • Frequently Asked Questions: “Show Us Where You Work!” Facebook Contest for Australia and New Zealand nonprofits

    1. What are the dates of the Contest?
    (a) Contest opens: 12:01 am on 12 January 2015 in Australia (Australian Western Standard Time – AWST) / 5:01 am on 12 January 2015 in New Zealand
    (b) Contest closes: 11:59 pm on 30 January 2015 in Australia (Australian Western Standard Time – AWST) / 4:59 am on 31 January 2015 in New Zealand
    (c) Final judging period and winners notification period – 2 February 2015 through 6 February 2015
    (d) Winners announced – 9 February 2015

    2. Who can enter the Contest?
    The Contest is open to registered nonprofits in Australia or New Zealand which meet Microsoft’s eligibility criteria. Please see here for Australian eligibility and New Zealand eligibility. If entering as an individual, you must be employed by or certified to represent the organisation on whose behalf you’re entering the contest. Microsoft reserves the right to verify an individual's and organisation’s eligibility to participate in this Contest.

    You are not eligible to enter this Contest if:
    (a) you are an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary;
    (b) you are involved in any part of the execution or administration of this Contest;
    (c) you are an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse or child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Contest;
    (d) you are associated with this Contest or are involved in judging.

    If you are a Microsoft campus representative (for example, a Microsoft Student Partner) and you meet the eligibility criteria set forth above, you may enter the Contest, but you are prohibited from using any resources which are not also broadly available to all other students including without limitation Microsoft property; Microsoft networks, hardware tools and technology resources and/or the counsel of Microsoft employees, in connection with the submission of your entry. If you have any questions, please contact us.

    3. What do you have to do to enter the Contest?
    (a) Post a photo of yourself where you work, which could be at your desk, with your clients or beneficiaries, or wherever you normally make things happen for your nonprofit. Have fun and be creative!
    (b) Post your photo on the Contest Post over at the Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific Facebook page, by leaving your photo in the comment section. Alternatively, you can send your photo entry through a private message to us on our Facebook Page or to this email address: Make sure you write the name of the nonprofit you represent and the country where your organisation is located (Australia or New Zealand nonprofits only) in the comment field.
    (c) Language: Submissions must be submitted in English.

    4. How are the winners determined?
    All eligible entries received during the submission period will be screened to make certain they have met all contest requirements. A judging panel consisting of representatives from Microsoft will review the entries and shortlist 5 finalists.

    5. Can I enter more than once?
    Your nonprofit, or individuals representing your nonprofit, may submit multiple entries, but only one entry per nonprofit can make it to the top 5.

    6. What can I win?
    The grand prize winner will receive: An in-depth social media consultation for your nonprofit with Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good. (See further details of the consultation below).

    The 5 finalists will each receive: A copy of “Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits” by Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good

    The finalists and grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, 9 February 2015, and their entries will be posted on the Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific Facebook page and the Microsoft Asia Pacific Citizenship blog.

    7. I entered but I don't see my entry on the Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific Facebook page. Did you get it?
    Please post your entry again, send your photo entry to us through a private message on our Facebook Page or email it to us at Make sure you write the name of the nonprofit you represent and the country where your organisation is located (Australia and New Zealand nonprofits only). Microsoft reserves the right to remove (or not publish) any entries which do not comply with the terms and conditions.

    8. Once I register for the contest, how will my information be used?
    Once your entry is posted, it will appear on our Facebook page. No other personal information will be collected. Winners will be contacted through direct messaging in Facebook to collect contact and mailing details for prizes. This information will not be stored/reused once the prizes have been awarded.

    9. Is eligibility based on country of operations or registration for my nonprofit?
    Eligibility is based on the country in which the nonprofit is registered (Australia or New Zealand nonprofits only). Nonprofits performing work or delivering services in either Australia or New Zealand without a legal, registered entity in either of those two countries that meets Microsoft’s eligibility criteria are not eligible for this contest. See Australia or New Zealand eligibility to see whether you are eligible.

    10. What are Microsoft’s nonprofit eligibility criteria in Australia and New Zealand?
    Please read Microsoft’s eligibility criteria for nonprofits in Australia.
    Please read Microsoft’s eligibility criteria for nonprofits in New Zealand.

    11. What if my nonprofit is not available for the social media consultation during the time listed in February?
    If your nonprofit has won the grand prize, but is not available during the times listed for the social media consultation, you must forfeit the prize. The delivery times of the grand prize are final.

    12. I have additional questions.
    If you have additional questions, please email us at

  • Tech4Good: May – Social media

    In This Issue…
    Nonprofits are continually exploring new ways to engage with donors, volunteers and board members through social media channels. With the ever-changing landscape and the move towards mobility devices such as phones and tablets, communications and fundraising strategies need to be constantly revisited and refined. This month, we feature: Part 2 of an interview series with Heather Mansfield, Principal Blogger at Nonprofit Tech for Good; best practices about how to get the most out of Twitter; and examples of nonprofits that are using social media effectively. Read on and get social!

    Insights into the Social Media Landscape
    Nonprofits in Asia Pacific can avoid some of the mistakes that US-based nonprofits have made. Watch Heather’s interview for more insights, and take a look at the research that’s been published about the move to mobile.

    Nonprofits’ Use of Social Media in Asia Pacific: Interview with Heather Mansfield, Part 2 of 3
    Online Charitable Donations Increased 14% in 2013
    Five Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Must Prioritize the Mobile Web in 2014

    Tips & Tricks
    Useful tips to help your nonprofit get the most out of social media.

    How’d You Do That? Staying Productive While Using Twitter
    How To: Add Text to Images Using Windows 8 App Fotor
    The Math and Science of Social and Mobile Media: A Spreadsheet to Track Your Fundraising Success

    Nonprofits on Social Media
    Hear stories about how nonprofits are using social media channels and the outcomes they’ve seen as a result.

    Ex-Domestic Worker Creates Social Network to Help Abused Workers
    UNICEF raises $18K via SMS for Philippines Typhoon Relief
    11 Responsively Designed Nonprofit Websites to Study and Learn From

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    Microsoft Tech4Good Events

    NGO Connection Day
    Date: 28 May, 2014
    Location: Bangkok
    Contact: Supahrat Juramongkol

    Date: 4 June, 2014
    Location: Kuala Lumpur
    Contact: Mandeep Kaur

    Webinar Series
    15 Useful Social Media Tips and Tricks for Nonprofits
    Date: 26 June, 2014
    Time: 10.00am SGT
    Register now
    Click here to check the time in your region

    For more information contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team.
    Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know by emailing 

  • Eligibility verification sites: “Show Us Where You Work!” Facebook Contest for Australia and New Zealand nonprofits

    Microsoft New Zealand – Nonprofit Eligibility
    New Zealand Charities, Voluntary and Community groups with charitable status must have a Charities Register Number (CRN).
    Please check for the CRN at The Charities Register.

    Microsoft Australia – Nonprofit Eligibility
    Qualifying Australia organisations will possess an Australian Business Number and be non-government income tax exempt ITE nonprofit organisations.
    Please check for the ABN and income tax status at ABN registration/Australian Taxation Office.
    Please check for registered charities at the Australian Not for Profits and Charitable Commission.

    General Eligibility Criteria:
    Organisations involved in the following activities are eligible to enter the “Show Us Where You Work!” Facebook Contest:

    • Human Rights Activities
    • Private grantmaking foundations that receive the majority of assets or income from an individual, family or corporation
    • Environment & Conservation
    • Amateur sports organisations, specifically youth sports clubs, teams or groups
    • Arts & Culture
    • Rural & Agricultural Services
    • Social Housing
    • Community Development
    • Voter Education
    • Public Interest Legal Services
    • Counselling Services
    • Training Material Development
    • Disaster Relief
    • Educational Support
    • Museums
    • Commerce & Trade Associations with activities that benefit non-members
    • Health services and related activities that are independent and not owned and operated by organisations that are eligible for Microsoft Government, Academic or Health programs. These include community health clinics (established by a community, not hospitals or governments), medical research groups, behavioural healthcare nonprofits, women's health centres, hospices, rescue and emergency services, organisations that support patients and their families, and blood banks.
    • Public libraries may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers 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. 
    • Religious or faith-based organisations

    The following additional organisations are INELIGIBLE to enter the “Show Us Where You Work!” Facebook Contest:

    • Educational Institutions (including public and private schools, private colleges, universities and trade schools), that are eligible through Microsoft academic volume licensing programs are not eligible for software donations, including nonprofit private schools
    • Governmental organisations or agencies including international governmental organisations and United Nations entities
    • Political organisations
    • Lobbying organisations
    • Labour Unions
    • Business & Professional organisations
    • Healthcare organisations and networks, including hospitals, specialty networks, ambulatory healthcare services and home healthcare
    • Assisted living healthcare organisations - assisted living as a congregate residential setting that provides or coordinates personal services, 24-hour supervision and assistance (scheduled and unscheduled) and health-related services
    • Scientific research organisations
    • Healthcare research organisations and research laboratories
    • Organisations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination and/or retirement based on race, colour, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expressions, 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. Organisations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to receive donations.

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