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Microsoft expands its software donation programme for charities

Howard Lake | 29 July 2011 | News

Microsoft is expanding its software donations programme to enable more organisations to benefit. It is increasing the number of donated products each charity can receive, and expanding the programme to year-round availability.
Medical research organisations, private foundations and amateur sports and recreational organisations now qualify for the programme, which is available in over 100 countries. Charities can also now request 10 different Microsoft software products, up from six. They can also benefit from the Get Genuine option, helping them to ensure their existing computers are running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems to help keep their software up-to-date and secure.
Charities can also apply for a software donation from Microsoft through Charity Technology Trust’s CTXchange, part of the TechSoup Global Network, whenever they need it, instead of the previous limit of only one request per year.
Matt Lambert, Director of Corporate Affairs and Citizenship at Microsoft, said: “Making technology more accessible helps charities to be more productive, reach more people and deliver new, improved services which directly help local communities.
“While we already help a sizeable number of charities, we want to help more. The changes we’re announcing today are designed to make the programme more relevant and accessible to a larger number of charities, which will in turn have a positive impact in local communities across the UK.”
TechSoup charges a small administrative fee which funds the programme to help no- for-profits not only get the software they need, but also the support and expertise they need to make the best use of the technology.