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Sponsored by TechSoup Global, (A CompuMentor Project), 435 Brannan St., Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94107 and Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 (jointly, "Sponsors").
All other persons/entities are NOT eligible to participate in the Contest or win a prize. Organizations that advocate, support or practice (or, in the sole discretion of Sponsors, are believed to advocate/support/practice) discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status are NOT eligible.
The contact person (i.e., authorized representative) for the submitting organization must be 21 years of age or older and a legal resident of the United States as of January 18, 2011. All other persons/entities are NOT eligible to participate in the Contest or win a prize.
Supporting works may be submitted via upload through the online submission form or a link may be provided to works that are already available and viewable online through February 28, 2011. Supporting works to be uploaded through the submission page cannot exceed the maximum allowable file size of 20 megabytes per file. Uploaded files must be one of the following file types: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .pub, .xls, .xlsx, .mdb, .accdb, .one, .onepkg, .jpg, .gif, .swf, .mov, .wmv, .avi, mp4, or MP3.
The online submission form, impact answers and supporting work must all be submitted by January 18, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time, the contest submission deadline. Organizations entering this contest may edit their submissions during the submission period through the Contest website, however once the submission period has ended no further editing will be permitted. Partial submissions will not be accepted. If duplicate submissions (determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsors) are submitted by the same organization, only the first submission received will be considered and all others will be disqualified.
The panel's judging criteria will be based on the demonstrated impact through answers to the impact questions plus any supporting work(s). Answers will be evaluated based on how well they convey the impact and benefit that Microsoft technologies have had on the organization, its mission and/or its constituency.
Decision of the judges is final in all matters relating to this Contest.
The winning organizations will be notified by e-mail and/or phone by January 25, 2011, but are required to keep the information confidential until the formal announcement of the winners at the WA State Nonprofit Connection Day on February 4th. The winning organization may not tweet, blog or otherwise post information publicly about winning the contest until after it has been posted on www.microsoftupblog.com. The contact person (i.e., authorized representative) will only share this information with your organization’s personnel who have a need to know and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions regarding confidentiality.
The approximate total retail value of the prizes to be awarded is $107,000. The organization’s contact person individually will have no right to the prize. No prize transfer will be permitted. There will be no prize substitution except at Sponsor’s sole discretion due to prize unavailability for any reason and only then for prize of comparable value. Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of winning organizations.
As part of the prize notification, the winning organizations will be asked to sign an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release (where legal). Refusal to sign these documents or failure to sign them within 5 days of notification may result in the forfeiture of the prize and the selection of an alternate winner at the discretion of the Sponsors.