Microsoft Philanthropies has launched a new arm dubbed to fulfill its three-year commitment to donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources to help non-profit organisations digitally scale their impact and better serve public good.
The firm added that it now aims to triple the number of non-profits served over the next three years, to over 300,000 organisations to help them move to the cloud and digitally transform to raise funds, improve productivity, accelerate innovation and ultimately have a greater impact on their beneficiaries.
“We’re inspired by these kinds of stories, as they demonstrate the potential of technology to help transform how non-profits pursue their missions and drive impact,” says Sebuh Haileleul, Microsoft Country Manager for East Africa. “Too many non-profits have been left behind in the digital revolution that’s reshaping business and society, but many have a strong desire to adopt the latest technology. That’s why we’re working to help more non-profits around the world more fully leverage the power of the cloud.”
The Technology for Social Impact team will also build comprehensive new offerings for non-profits. These begin immediately with Microsoft 365 for Non-profits, which includes Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
With millions of non-profits serving communities around the world, these tools can help them bring the power of Microsoft’s most advanced technologies to bear on some of the world’s toughest problems.
“This is only the beginning,” says Haileleul. “In the coming months we will build upon these offers and on our longstanding commitment to non-profits. We will also engage with start-ups and incubators to enable them to build solutions that meet non-profits’ unique needs.”
In Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) are benefiting from the commitment to digitally transform their operations tapping from Microsoft’s cloud resources that have helped 90,000 non-profits and researchers at 700 universities around the world, advance social good initiatives.