Techsoup

Offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs

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TechSoup.org offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. In addition to online information and resources, they offer a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock. Here, nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products, generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.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. Their introductory articles and message board support are aimed at those who do not have much experience using technology, but also provide more advanced information. TechSoup was founded in San Francisco in 1987 as CompuMentor.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

TechSoup’s innovative programs have supported social benefit organizations on the international, national, and the local level. It is their unique service model that allow them to forge partnerships between unlikely allies to address the unmet technology needs of these organizations. For example, 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 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 and its partner organizations. As of September 2009, TechSoup Global is the largest not-for-profit provider of technology assistance services to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), libraries, and other civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

TechSoup.org believes that technology can enhance nonprofit work, making them more efficient and better able to serve their communities. TechSoup Global has served almost 107,000 nonprofit organizations and NGOs, distributed over 5.1 million software and hardware product donations, and enabled recipients to save more than US $1.5 billion in information technology (IT) expenses in 31 countries. It has distributed over 4 million products to 83,000 organizations.

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

TechSoup Global Network helps social benefit organizations and charities outside the U.S. obtain donations of essential technology products, information and services. It currently serves Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Botswana, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Hungary, India, Hong Kong, France, Chile, Germany, Ireland, Macau, and Taiwan as of May 2009, and is projected to expand to 60 countries by 2012.

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