Microsoft launches Technology for Social Impact group, pledges to help 300k nonprofits move to the cloud

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cloud computing has quickly become an essential tool for businesses and governments across the world — but for many nonprofits that operate on a tight margin, moving to the cloud is a huge challenge.

Microsoft Philanthropies set out to close the gap for nonprofits in January of 2016, pledging to donate $1 billion in Microsoft Azure cloud services to 70,000 nonprofits around the world. Monday, the group announced it had reached that goal a year ahead of schedule and had donated cloud services to 90,000 nonprofits, well over its initial goal.

In light of the project’s success, it also announced the formation of a Technology for Social Impact group that will work to bring cloud services to a total of 300,000 nonprofits in the next three years. It also launched a new website to help nonprofits find technologies and services that could help them.

Photo courtesy of Remko van Dokkum.

Source: GeekWire (link opens in a new window)

nonprofits, philanthropy