Good Read from NetHope: Office 365, the Cloud and Nonprofits in the Developing World

By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs On Tuesday, Microsoft launched Office 365 for Nonprofits as a worldwide donation program. Frank Schott, interim president and executive director of NetHope, believes cloud solutions offer a specific set of benefits to nonprofits and NGOs who work primarily in the developing world. NetHope works with 39…


Fast Five Features for NGOs: Creating Better Spreadsheets

Yesterday, Mark Liu from TechSoup and Kate Libershteyn from Microsoft as well as nonprofit Feet First talked to nonprofits and public libraries about how to get the most from Excel by using keyword shortcuts, pivot tables and other tips to keep spreadsheets running smoothly. Here is this week’s Fast Five Features for NGOs for creating…


Social Innovation in China

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft On my recent trip to China I visited the Non Profit Incubator (NPI) which is a nonprofit that promotes social innovation and cultivates social entrepreneurs in China by providing crucial support to start-up and small to medium sized grassroots NGOs and Social Enterprises. I was…


Even “genies” need precise record-keeping and a professional homepage

Bernadette Szilagyi, Unlimited Program Manager, Microsoft Hungary The goal of Csodalámpa Alapítvány in Hungary is to fulfill the wishes of children suffering from serious illnesses, thus alleviating their pain and bringing some change to the routine of coping with their condition. Since November 2003, a total of more than 1,200 wishes have been granted with…


Using Technology to Drive Development Results

By John DaSilva, Project Development Manager, Kenan Institute Asia It’s not so easy to fit an organization like Kenan Institute Asia (K.I.Asia) into a description of your typical NGO. We’re as likely to design an intellectual property rights training curriculum for SMEs as we are to conduct IT workforce training for a factory worker, or…


Letting Go: Leveraging Office365 towards a Serverless NGO

Thomas Bell, Director, Integrated Technology Initiative, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public There is a room at the Ashoka offices in Arlington, Virginia, a room that would be familiar to many IT managers, filled with servers – racks and racks of servers. These servers produce lots and lots of heat, so in addition to the servers…


Help your favorite nonprofit get a software donation

Today we’re announcing updates to our nonprofit software donations program to enable more nonprofits around the world to get easier access to the technology they need, when they need it. While we currently provide software donations to over 40,000 nonprofits each year, we’re just getting started and we need your help. Many nonprofit organizations, including…


Tech Talent 4 Good

Edward G. Happ, Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Editor’s note: Ed Happ, CIO of the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is one of the key individuals we at Microsoft look to for guidance and feedback on our work the NGO community. We think his blog post…


Helping Sick Children Conquer Their Everest

The staff at A Chacun Son Everest (“Each has their own Everest”) can’t move mountains, but they can give sick children the opportunity to climb and conquer them, and for more than 17 years, they’ve been doing just that. A Chacun Son Everest is a French nonprofit organization (NPO) started by doctor and alpinist Christine…


TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs

Guest post by Rachel Weidinger, TechSoup, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications – Global Network The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago. Japanese culture, following Buddhist tradition, often marks the 49 days after a death as a formal period of mourning. As the weeks pass, the disaster recovery is increasingly shifting…