QuestionLast Updated: March 18, 2013
As part of a state government, are we eligible for the free address verification service you provide to nonprofits? We are not a 501(c)-classified organization.
While we certainly understand that local governments could benefit from our free address verification services, our aim in providing it at no charge is to specifically benefit nonprofit organizations. These are organizations that are typically very low-level (dealing directly with the people) and providing direct, community-building services.
Pretty much any organization that is registered with the IRS as a "501c3 nonprofit" is eligible. In addition, we have extended it to a few other community development services such as schools (kindergarten through post-graduate schools and vocational schools), libraries, and churches.
We definitely admire and thank all the civil servants that work in our local, regional, and national governments but we had to draw the line and as it turns out, there are A LOT of organizations that do qualify such as schools, libraries, churches, or nonprofits.
My company provides nonprofits with a web-based donor management system, which they use as the repository for everything they know about donors (including their mailing addresses). What I would like to do is build the API connection to your web service so that our customers could take advantage of live updates to their mailing address information. In such a case (we would offer this for no additional charge on our end), would they still be able to qualify for your free service? If that would be OK, I would see this as a big win for nonprofits, because we could automate the process of keeping address information up to date, and they would get that service for free.
Since your clients would be signing up for their own accounts (and would likely qualify for the free service as a nonprofit/educational organization) that would work great. The service is free for any of your clients that are nonprofit organizations but if you need it for yourself, it would not be free. We actually have many people that have created similar resources for their clients. While our LiveAddresss implementation is pretty straightforward, if you are doing the implementation for them, that makes it even easier. It sounds like what you are doing will make our address validation services accessible for even more people