With limited budgets and staff, many nonprofit organizations simply do not have the resources they need to keep up with evolving technology. Whether they’re underfunded or understaffed, many see technology as a barrier instead of the asset it truly is. TechSoup.org is a website dedicated to assisting non-profits reach their full potential by providing tech education, support, and software.
TechSoup.org is a project of TechSoup Global, a 501 (c)(3)nonprofit based upon the belief that technology is a powerful enabler for social change. Organizations sign up and verify they are a nonprofit by sending a copy of their tax form. After they register, they are granted access to the many resources TechSoup.org provides. They are eligible to request donations, download discounted software, and take advantage of numerous learning opportunities. Resources including articles, blogs, free webinars, and forums pertaining to technology in the nonprofit world are available to all users.
TechSoup acts as an intermediary between nonprofits and over 40 technology based partners. Companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, and Intuit show their support by giving discounted software and donating to nonprofits through the website. Over 130,000 nonprofits and libraries have received hardware and software donations from TechSoup’s donor partners.
The concept behind TechSoup is ground-breaking and goes beyond saving nonprofits money. TechSoup alleviates the burden some nonprofits endure and allows them to conduct business more efficiently and communicate effectively.
If you are a nonprofit organization interested in joining TechSoup, visit their website here.