From advocacy to charitable causes, from health organizations to public libraries, nonprofit organizations use Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) to radically reduce infrastructure costs, build their capacity, and reduce waste.

The AWS Credits Programme for Nonprofits provides access to AWS promotional credits, which help nonprofits implement cloud-based solutions to help meet their mission goals without the upfront investment of physical infrastructure.

AWS, through TechSoup South Africa, will make one grant of US$2,000 in credits per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) to eligible nonprofits. Organisations can apply these service credits toward usage fees for all AWS on-demand cloud services, as available by region. AWS credits are not valid for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances, Amazon Mechanical Turk, AWS Marketplace, Amazon Route53 domain name registration or transfer, or any upfront fee for any service. They are available for monthly support fees.

With AWS, nonprofits don’t have to make large upfront investments in hardware and spend time and effort managing that hardware. Instead, organizations can provision the right type and size of computing resources they need to power their organisation and keep focus on the mission.

In addition to the AWS Credits Programme for Nonprofits, AWS offers the AWS Free Tier for all new customers for 12 months following the organisation’s sign-up date. The AWS Free Tier is a separate offer from the AWS Credits Programme and allows new customers to use certain AWS services for free up to certain usage limits. The AWS Free Tier is available for one AWS account only per organisation.

AWS recommends that potential grant recipients sign up for the AWS Free Tier before they request this offer. Note that receiving AWS credits will not reset the 12-month duration of the AWS Free Tier.

In most situations, organisations will use both the AWS Credits Programme for Nonprofits and the AWS Free Tier. This combination can help organisations leverage AWS’s cloud infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis to host websites and fundraising software, store and analyze data, and develop new systems.

Benefits for Organisations

If you already use or want to get started using AWS cloud services, you can use AWS credits to:

1.Save on IT costs by not investing in physical infrastructure and provisioning only the resources you need when you need them
2.Increase giving through AWS advanced services to gather, process, analyze, and visualize data cost-effectively to make informed targeting and fundraising decisions
3.Analyze big data pipelines, store petabytes of data, and share results with collaborators
4.Equip volunteers, temporary employees, or other staff with virtual desktops on the fly without long-term licensing agreements
5.Widen your global reach and deploy your solutions where they are needed
6.Manage all of your organisation’s AWS cloud services, platforms, applications, and systems from one console

JustGiving is an online social platform for charitable fundraising, with more than 24 million registered users who have helped raise $4 billion for more than 13,000 causes. To manage a surge in data volume, a need for better analysis of data, and unpredictable spikes in traffic, the organization turned to the AWS cloud. Using AWS, JustGiving created a new big-data analytics platform that provides deeper insights into giving patterns and is a cost-effective solution for handling large volumes of data and unpredictable site traffic.

Amazon Web Services includes the following products, each of which provides multiple credit-eligible services:


Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides a scalable, cloud-based alternative to virtual servers for additional computing power, including databases, enterprise applications, and migrations. Amazon EC2 Container Service allows you to run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances, eliminating the need to install, operate, and scale your own cluster management infrastructure.


Amazon Elastic Block Storage (Amazon EBS) provides persistent local storage for Amazon EC2, databases, data warehousing, enterprise applications, and more. Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) makes data available to one or more EC2 instances for content serving, enterprise applications, media processing workflows, and more. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) connects data from any Internet location for user-generated content, active archives, serverless computing, and more.


Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, and Amazon DynamoDB are relational databases designed for quick deployment and management. Amazon Redshift allows you to store and manage petabytes worth of data. Amazon ElastiCache helps you deploy, operate, and scale in-memory cache.

Advanced Computing

Amazon Web Services provide more high-powered computing services that enable capabilities far beyond traditional IT, including migration services, networking and content delivery, developer tools, and more.

For more information on the AWS Nonprofit offering in South Africa please contact the #PhambanoTech team here.