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TechSoup project arrives in Asia

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 5, 2011
Singapore NGOs get software donations from Microsoft, Symantec, and SAP.

A global not-for-profit project giving out software donations to qualified non-government organisations (NGOs) has finally come to Asia.

TechSoup Asia, which is part of the TechSoup Global Network, recently launched in Singapore after successful projects implemented in Australia and Hong Kong.

TechSoup is a global initiative to help NGOs gain access to some of the latest donated software for a variety of applications - office productivity, security, and enterprise server. NGOs pay only an administrative fee, which is a small percentage of the actual cost of the software, TechSoup Asia said.

In Singapore, TechSoup is working with Microsoft, Symantec and SAP to bring the software and other relevant IT help to Singapore NGOs.

Technology access

"TechSoup Asia will provide access to donated and discounted technology products and we are delighted that right off the bat we have Microsoft, Symantec, SAP already lined up with their donation programmes," said Mike Yeaton, vice president, TechSoup Asia.

"It's not just about the donations though, TechSoup Asia will also provide online resources to support effective use of everything from routers to social media to face-to-face collaboration around using technology to address social challenges. We look forward to see what this partnership with Microsoft will bring to assist to serve the needs of NGOs in Singapore," Yeaton added.

Microsoft said working with TechSoup streamlines its software donation programme which has already benefitted over 40,000 NGOs worldwide, with total value of US$3.9 billion since the donation programme started in 1998. In Singapore, Microsoft has so far donated almost US$3.1 million to benefit about 100 NGOs.

Efficiencies

Working with TechSoup allows Microsoft to reach out to more NGOs in an efficient manner, the software giant said. The partnership with TechSoup Asia replaces Microsoft's software donation programme for small- to mid-sized non-profit charitable organisations.

"Making technology more accessible enables non-profits to increase their productivity, reach more people and deliver new, improved services that directly help local communities," said Jessica Tan, managing director, Microsoft Singapore.

"Through this partnership with TechSoup, we want to help many more, and the changes we are announcing with TechSoup today are designed to make the programme more relevant and scalable to a larger number of non-profits, which will in turn have a positive impact in the local community," Tan added.

 

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