Sunday, 19 September 2010

Free software for charities

Don has received the following email

Dear Mr Don Foster,

In an effort to strengthen and support the UK voluntary sector, Microsoft invests in several programmes designed to help voluntary and community organisations make the best use of our technology.

We were wondering if you had voluntary and community organisations of charitable status in your constituency that would benefit from Microsoft’s software donation programme.

Working with the Charity Technology Trust (Registered Charity No.1073954) through their Charity Technology Exchange service, Microsoft is one of a growing number of technology companies who make donations of their products to the voluntary sector.

We offer eligible organisations up to six titles, including our most popular software packages such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 for example. Organisations can receive up to 50 copies of each title every two year period. Donations include free upgrades for two years and access to a range of e-learning resources. Not all charities are eligible, but the vast majority are, and there are no limits on the number of organisations who can receive a donation. Grantees pay a nominal administrative fee to the Charity Technology Exchange, which supports the running of the services.

Since the launch of this programme in 2006, we have supported over 4400 UK charities, donating software with a retail value of more than £30 million.

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