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Autodesk Cloud Donation Programme - FAQs

Learn more about the Autodesk Donation Program, including information on eligibility, product subscriptions, and download and installation.

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Donation Program Questions

Which Autodesk products are available through the donation program?

Check the Autodesk program page for a complete list of available products. If eligible, your organization may receive subscriptions to 10 Autodesk products within a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). You may request 10 additional subscriptions each subsequent fiscal year to continue using the products.

The Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection and the Product Design Collection include AutoCAD, but the Media & Entertainment Collection does not. Charity Digital Exchange also offers Fusion 360 for Windows and Mac and AutoCAD for Windows and Mac as separate subscription products.

Can I obtain licenses for Autodesk products not offered through Charity Digital Exchange?

All products that Autodesk makes available for nonprofit organizations are listed on the Autodesk Donation Program page.

If you require additional licenses beyond the first 10 fulfilled through Charity Digital Exchange, or if Autodesk does not offer products through Charity Digital Exchange that you are interested in, you may request them by emailing technologyimpact@autodesk.com. Autodesk will review your submission and notify you by email whether they can accommodate your request.

At this time, Autodesk is only providing product subscriptions for donation. Autodesk no longer offers perpetual licenses. For more information on the change from perpetual licenses to subscription licenses, visit the Autodesk Perpetual License Changes FAQ.

Can I get Autodesk products with a perpetual license?

No. Autodesk has transitioned to a cloud business model and has replaced perpetual licenses with license subscriptions. More information on the transition from perpetual licenses to subscriptions is available from aAutodesk.

What does the new subscription model mean for existing perpetual license users?

Current users may continue using their perpetual licenses for as long as they would like. Those who wish to upgrade to software versions beyond 2016 may request a subscription offering. Subscriptions include ongoing updates to the latest product releases and enhancements, cloud storage space, and advanced product support from Autodesk.

Each subscription carries a term of one year. At the end of the subscription term, customers must request another subscription through Charity Digital Exchange to continue using the products. More information on the transition from perpetual licenses to subscriptions is available from Autodesk.

What are the program eligibility requirements?

Can I obtain donated licenses if I purchased an Autodesk product within the past three years?

No. If your organization purchased an Autodesk product from Autodesk within the past three years, you will need to request an exception from Autodesk before you can request one from Charity Digital Exchange. Follow the steps below to request an exception.

  1. Send email to technologyimpact@autodesk.com.
  2. In the email include
    1. Your organization name and contact information
    2. Which Autodesk product or products your organization purchased
    3. The total approximate cost of the product or products
    4. The approximate date of purchase
    5. The channel through which you purchased them (for example, Autodesk.com or a reseller)
  3. Once you receive an approval email from Autodesk, request the donated product through the Charity Digital Exchange website. See the program page for a list of all Autodesk products available through Charity Digital Exchange.

Note: Autodesk's approval does not guarantee that your organization is fully eligible for the donation. You must still meet the program's eligibility requirements to qualify for Charity Digital Exchange's Autodesk products. See the Autodesk program restrictions for more information.

Technical Questions

How do I know if my computer meets the basic hardware specifications?

You can compare your Windows computer's hardware specifications against the system requirements for each product by visiting these pages.

You can find the operating system version and hardware specifications on a Mac by checking About this Mac.

How do I download, install, and activate an Autodesk product?

Below is the process for joining Charity Digital Exchange; requesting a product; registering with Autodesk; and downloading, installing, and activating your product.

Join Charity Digital Exchange

  1. Join Charity Digital Exchange if you haven't already.
  2. Charity Digital Exchange will validate your organization, ensure that it is a legitimate nonprofit organization, and determine if it is eligible for Autodesk products. Eligible organizations must meet certain criteria as outlined in the program restrictions.

Request Your Product

  1. If your organization is eligible for an Autodesk product, request it from the Autodesk program page.
  2. After you complete your request, Charity Digital Exchange will send you a fulfillment email with a PIN and a link to activate your product.

Register and Download Your Product

The fulfillment email will include instructions on how to use the included PIN and how to register, download, and install your product.

How do I extend my subscription?

You may re-request your Autodesk product through Charity Digital Exchange each year to receive an additional one-year subscription. Wait until your original subscription has fewer than 30 days left before you request your product again.

What can I try if I'm having download issues?

Try another download method available on Autodesk Account.

Do I have to create an Autodesk ID to activate the product?

Yes. Your Autodesk ID is your link to your Autodesk product licenses and subscriber benefits. You will need it to register the PIN you received from Charity Digital Exchange, to log in to Autodesk Account where you can access downloads and benefits, and to submit support requests. Your software will also prompt you for this ID when you first run the product. If you do not have an Autodesk ID, you will be prompted to create one at each of these steps.

Why does the product ask me for a serial number?

After you register your PIN, you will receive an email from Autodesk. This email confirms that your subscription has started. Autodesk recommends that you begin using your product only after you receive this email. Once you have received it, you will only need your Autodesk ID and password to use the product on any computer. A serial number will not be necessary to use the product.

What should I do if I haven't received a confirmation email from Autodesk?

Check the email account that matches the Autodesk ID you used to register the PIN and that the email wasn't blocked by your spam filter. If you still have not received the email, send an email to technologyimpact@autodesk.com and include the PIN you tried to register.

Where can I find technical support?

If you have download, installation, or activation issues, visit Autodesk Account.

Autodesk also provides the following resources for users to learn to use their software.

Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATC®) provide fee-based support including courses and certification.