Microsoft Launches Resource For NonprofitsBy: Mike Sachoff - July 10, 2008
Microsoft has announced the worldwide availability of NGO Connection, an online resource for nonprofit groups.
The online resource is aimed at helping nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) efficiently reach their goals by using technology. It will also provide a way for NGOs to network and coordinate resources.
Microsoft hopes NGO Connection will be an effective way to find technology resources, knowledge sharing, community building and real-life examples for nonprofit organizations.
NGO Connection will be localized into Arabic, French, German, International English, Russian and Spanish in the coming months to reach a wider range of NGOs.
"Whether a nonprofit group is searching for access to software or interested in networking opportunities with other organizations working on similar projects or looking to engage with Microsoft and other partners on key initiatives, NGO Connection offers all the resources that they need to achieve their goals," said Pamela Passman, corporate vice president of Global Corporate Affairs at Microsoft.
Microsoft says NGOs will be able to share best practices, case studies and participate in an online forum where they can communicate about using technology and share solutions to some of their common challenges.
"Technology is as essential for NGOs as it is for any business in today’s networked economy. But unlike most businesses, NGOs typically lack the resources and knowledge to access the technologies that can make them more effective, efficient and sustainable in serving those at the margins of modern life," said Rebecca Masisak, Co-CEO of TechSoup, a technology resource for nonprofits.