Microsoft Donates $7 Million in Software to IRC and 8 other nonprofits
Microsoft Technology Leadership Grants, awarded annually, provide nonprofits with software solutions that improve their ability to deliver services and help them better meet the needs of their communities.
Donations ranging from $105,000 to $2.3 million (based on the software's estimated retail value) were awarded to The ASPIRA Association Inc., Goodwill Industries International Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the International Rescue Committee, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Girls Incorporated, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., and the Alliance for Technology Access.
"Each of these organizations exemplifies the spirit of the Microsoft Technology Leadership Grant program," said Bruce Brooks, director of community affairs at Microsoft. "By embracing technology and using it in innovative ways, these organizations are expanding their reach even further into the communities they serve. We are pleased that these donations will help them in their endeavors."
"Microsoft Technology Leadership Grant program began in 1997 with three recipients. The program is part of the company's mission to bridge the digital divide in underserved communities, bringing the benefits of technology to those who traditionally have had limited access and strengthening nonprofits through technology assistance.
The IRC will use its $319,000 grant to develop a case-management database for its U.S. resettlement operations, improve communications among domestic regional offices and upgrade its network to Windows 2000.
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