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Microsoft UK Citizenship 

For Charities - NGO Capacity Building

Helping the voluntary sector realise their potential

In an effort to strengthen and support the voluntary community, Microsoft is involved with several programmes designed to bring the power of technology to voluntary and community organisations in the UK. By providing technology assistance, expertise, and resources, Microsoft is working to help nonprofits manage their operations and serve their clients efficiently and effectively.

Software Donation

In partnership with Charity Technology Trust, the CTX (Charity Technology Exchange) programme provides free software to eligible UK registered charities. Eligible charities can apply for up to 6 software titles, with 50 licences of each every two years.

Low Cost Hardware

The Community Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) programme helps schools, voluntary organisations and the communities that they serve gain access to low-cost computers. Since its launch in 2004, the Community MAR programme has provided more than 400,000 low-cost licenses through 1,000 refurbishers in 67 countries. These refurbishers supply refurbished, high-quality computers complete with licensed copies of Microsoft Windows and Office.

The NGO Connection

The NGO Connection, is an online resource to help voluntary organisations more efficiently use technology to achieve their goals. The Connection aims to be a one-stop shop for technology resources, knowledge sharing and community building. It provides real-life examples and makes it easy for organisations to access Microsoft resources and offerings. The 'Learn from NGOs' section provides access to stories, discussion forums, and partners; 'Software Grants and Products' provides information on how to get free or discounted goods; and 'Help and Training' provides support, training, and certification opportunities.

IT Training

Microsoft provides a free training curriculum that allows people the opportunity to complete entry level Microsoft training. It is accredited by OCR and provides a certificate of completion.

Did you know?

In 2008 Microsoft Employees fundraised over 500,000 for UK Charities.

Last year 6,530 PC were refurbished in the UK through the MAR scheme.

Last year Microsoft donated 10 million of software to UK charities.

In 2008 25 teams undertook a one day volunteering project in the local community.

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