Microsoft has made it easier for nonprofit organizations (NPOs) to get access to affordable technology. The Microsoft Software Donation program, which has already provided more than US$3.9 billion worth of software to nonprofits around the world since 1998, is being expanded to enable more nonprofit organizations to request software donations when they need them at any point in the year. Microsoft Taiwan, together with TechSoup Taiwan, has donated more than US$4 million worth of software to local nonprofit organizations for the past three years.
The Chinese Children Home and Shelter Association (CCSA) is one such beneficiary. CCSA was established in October 2002 by Ms. Alice Jin-Fang Hung to address concerns about children’s rights and to oversee the development of children’s homes nationwide. They serve the poor and the orphaned, children from struggling single-parent families, those who have suffered from sexual and other forms of abuse, and children who are under judicatory surveillance. CCSA, like many other NPOs in Taiwan, devote themselves to underserved communities in Taiwan, with more focus on teenagers. The professional workers need to juggle counseling, intervening and public fundraising duties.
Some of the challenges they face include the lack of new software that would streamline and reduce time wastage, when it comes to filing, note taking and emailing information. With the Software Donation Program, CCSA was able to upgrade their software to Office 2010®. The result was being able to leverage the Office 2010® experience from more locations and more devices, deliver large volumes of e-mail with ease, store and track all notes in one place, and the ability to access work across devices and platforms.
"We really enjoy using Office 2010®, mostly OneNote®. It has helped us to be more efficient in our note taking and our generation of reports. We are also now able to keep track of all our emails and corresponding with our partners is easier as compared to before,” said Loh, Director of Plan Department, CCSA.
“Every day we see how technology is helping nonprofits operate more effectively and ultimately do their best work,” said Rebecca Masisak, co-CEO of TechSoup Global. “The updates to the Microsoft Software Donation Program provide nonprofits increased flexibility in requesting software, which we believe will greatly benefit many nonprofits in the TechSoup Global community that rely on a range of Microsoft products to run their organizations effectively.”
“We really enjoy using Office 2010®, mostly OneNote. It has helped us to be more efficient in our note taking and our generation of reports. We are also now able to keep track of all our emails and corresponding with our partners is easier as compared to before.”
Loh, Director of Plan Department, CCSA.