Microsoft works closely with nonprofit organizations to bring the benefits of technology to underserved communities, and to strengthen nonprofits through the use information technology (IT). Since 2005, Microsoft has partnered closely with NetHope to explore how IT can more effectively foster collaboration, drive innovation, and transform technology use in development and humanitarian relief efforts around the world.
NetHope is a consortium of many of the world's leading nonprofit organizations, each with technology capabilities and program operations around the world. NetHope is dedicated to finding and implementing the best use of available technology resources to improve nonprofit operations and efficiency. NetHope and its member agencies work together as a highly collaborative team-sharing information and communications technology (ICT) knowledge, solving common problems, creating and fostering industry relationships to support public-benefit work, and educating consortium members and the broader community of nonprofit organizations.
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Since 2005, Microsoft has donated more than $44 million in cash and software to NetHope and its member agencies to support nonprofit technology innovation and programs.
Through software donations, capacity-building funds, and access to Microsoft expertise, knowledge, and partnership opportunities, the Microsoft-NetHope partnership has provided important resources to NetHope and its members.
- Software grants provide important infrastructure and productivity software. These grants enable organizations to have current versions of the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office programs, providing opportunities for investment in technology solutions and systems that would otherwise be unaffordable. Software grants also enable organizations to embark upon far-reaching technology deployments, allowing them to communicate and collaborate in ways that would have otherwise been unattainable.
- The support from Microsoft provides an important source of funding for the consortium's ongoing operations, growth, and strategic investments. The partnership with Microsoft has helped increase collaboration between industry and nonprofit technology leaders. Microsoft hosts nonprofit chief information officers (CIOs) at summits and conferences to improve their perspective on technology developments and to enable them to share valuable viewpoints on technology needs and uses in the developing world. Fostering this kind of collaboration and sharing benefits nonprofits, technology providers, and ultimately communities around the world.
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