Donated software for non profit organizations


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About the project Edit

In an innovative strategic partnership, Microsoft, TechSoup Global, and others are developing a global technology platform for the voluntary sector. As part of their commitment to the this sector, corporations such as Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe and Cisco use this platform to provide donations, at scale, to worthy organizations around the globe. Recipient organizations benefit from the consolidation of many donation programs into one, and further benefit from the wide range of training, collaboration, and support provided by TechSoup Global and its partner organizations. 

As of September 2011, the retail value of technology product donations distributed through Techsoup was US$2.7 billion.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

TechSoup Global, which was formerly known as TechSoup--is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit technology assistance agencies in the United States. For almost twenty years, has served as a one-stop technology resource centre, providing a wealth of technology information and support to nonprofits and charities worldwide.

Perhaps the largest technology product philanthropy program in the world, has a catalog of more than 450 products generously donated by a growing roster of 44 technology corporations, including industry leaders such as Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. To date, these partners have made more than U.S. $2 billion in product donations available to the nonprofit sector.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

TechSoup provides access to top-rated software donations from major technology providers, such as: Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Symantec, etc.
TechSoup provides instructional articles and worksheets for nonprofit staff members who utilize information technologies, as well as technology planning information for executives and other decision makers.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

TechSoup Global Network currently serves the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, South Africa, Botswana, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Hungary, India, Hong Kong, France, Chile, Taiwan, etc. Techsoup is present in 35 countries as of 2010. It is projected to expand to 60 countries by 2012.

It will develop its geographical network but it may also expand in the nature of donated hardware. In the future, Techsoup may give access to pieces of equipment such as solar panels, chips, etc.

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What is the business model of this project? Edit

Techsoup is based on donations by large software and harware developers.

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