$4m grant boosts World Vision’s poverty fight

Today marks an important milestone as Microsoft Australia and World Vision join forces in the fight against global poverty.

A $4million software donation, delivered under Microsoft Australia’s Tech4Good Program, will strengthen World Vision’s technology capability, transform the way staff work and collaborate, and enhance their supporters’ experience.

The donation includes the provision of a range of tools to enhance productivity including Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, SharePoint, Lync and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.  It will also result in significant savings for World Vision, allowing more funds to be directed to the communities they work with.

Our partnership goes deeper than the technology – it is also about shared values and the sharing of knowledge to encourage innovation and improve productivity.

As part of the World Vision partnership, Microsoft staff will, for example, have the opportunity to participate in World Vision’s Young Mob Leadership Program, which enables young indigenous Australians to develop their life skills and cultural knowledge.

Microsoft employees are also facilitating innovation workshops to provide technology skills training to World Vision employees that will focus on helping them make the most of the software and innovate the delivery of their services. There are many other opportunities that we’re exploring, in our long-term plan for this partnership.

Microsoft’s Tech4Good program has been running for many years, providing not for profit organisations with the technology and tools they need to focus on making a positive impact in society.  In FY14, Microsoft Australia donated more than $50 million of software to nearly 4,000 not-for-profit organisations. The majority of these donations were given to smaller organisations with the support of our community partner, Connecting Up.

Tech4Good focuses on enabling the Australian not-for-profit sector to achieve more day-to-day. Whether that is providing communities with the skills needed to work their way out of poverty in the case of World Vision, or equipping young people with the technological know-how required to succeed in the 21st century workplace, donated software can help not-for-profit organisations work more productively and find innovative ways to deliver services.

To find out more about the work of World Vision visit www.worldvision.com.au


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