Charity Technology Trust (CTT), the charity dedicated to improving charities’ efficiency through new technology, is partnering with the San Francisco-based nonprofit technology website TechSoup.org to provide basic Cisco Systems„¢ networking equipment to voluntary organisations across the UK.
Through this pilot program, Cisco Systems will provide equipment valued at up to $100,000 to qualifying organisations. The products, including 24 port 10/100 switches, provide basic local area network connectivity and access to the Internet.
The equipment is donated, but voluntary organisations will be “required to pay a small administrative fee to cover the costs of the pilot program”. This, say CTT, amounts to just 6% or so of the list price.
CTT will market the programme in the UK, assess applications on behalf of TechSoup.org and Cisco Systems, handle order processing and follow up with charity beneficiaries.
Ciscos’s entire product donations to nonprofits are administered by the nonprofit website TechSoup.org, which gives other community-based organisations access to technology information and resources tailored specifically to their needs.
Part of the website is the product donation service TechSoup Stock, which has provided more than 1,000 US nonprofits with Cisco products for a shipping and handling fee.
In November 2004, Cisco and TechSoup Stock began the EMEA pilot project to provide nonprofits outside the United States with Cisco donations.