Churches can save a significant amount on the cost of computer hardware and software. Many companies provide a discount to nonprofits. TechSoup is a company that provides discounts on many products including Microsoft Office 365, QuickBooks desktop and on-line version, Adobe and many more. For a complete list, visit their website: www.techsoup.org. They also have discounts available on computer hardware and can provide tech support for companies that do not have their own IT (information technology) staff. You will need to fill out an application and prove your 501c3 status, but the savings is definitely worth the effort.
Dell sells refurbished computers that are like new as well. Look for the Dell – Outlet on their website. Many of the computers are new but were sold and returned and are now offered at a discount. Apple also has a refurb/clearance site.
For media and graphics, look at Igniter Media. They have a library available for an annual subscription. It includes backgrounds, title graphics, countdowns, mini movies and more.
If you know of other places that a church can save in this area, please email and let us know!