TechSoup Global Launches Technology Portal for Canadian Nonprofit Community
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 11, CNW Group — The Centre for Social Innovation in connection with TechSoup Global, Microsoft Canada Co., and the Information
Technology Association of Canada today launched the TechSoup Canada portal — offering Canadian non-profits access to technology donations.
TechSoup Global distributes donated hardware and software through a
network of capacity-building NGOs around the world. As the local partner,
TechSoup Canada provides charities, non-profits and libraries with a unique
mix of technology, learning content, and community support through a
relationship with 25 leading technology corporations. Canadian organizations
can request donated and discounted products directly from TechSoup Canada,
enabling them to increase business productivity while freeing up stretched
budgets to support programmatic work.
TechSoup Canada is the sole agency administering Microsoft's software
license donation program. Eligible organizations can apply for six Microsoft
products and up to 50 licenses per title every two years. Since 2004,
Microsoft has donated more than $50 million in software and is committed to
raising the bar for charities and non-profits in terms of efficiency,
effectiveness and professionalism through software donations.
"TechSoup Global makes a significant impact on non-profits around the
world," said Tonya Surman, Executive Director of the Centre for Social
Innovation. "TechSoup Canada is tailored to the specific needs and interests
of the Canadian non-profit sector. At a time when resources are scarce, the
Centre is proud to support TechSoup Canada in offering the non-profit sector
valuable technology and significant savings enabling them to respond
effectively to increased demand for services."
"By bringing our worldwide relationship with TechSoup Global to the
Centre for Social Innovation, Microsoft hopes to double the reach of the
program and in turn the number of non-profits that benefit," said Gavin
Thompson, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Canada. "Microsoft is
proud to provide non-profits access to relevant and up-to-date technology
empowering them to become more effective and productive in serving their