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TechSoup Global
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Founded 1987
Founder Daniel Ben-Horin
Type Nonprofit technology
Focus Technology Donations and Data Services
Location
Origins CompuMentor Project
Key people
Founder and Chief Instigator: Daniel Ben-Horin
CEO: Rebecca Masisak
Revenue
US$38.7 million
Employees
203
Website techsoupglobal.org

TechSoup Global, founded in 1987 as CompuMentor, is a nonprofit international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provides technical support and technological tools to other nonprofits.[1][2]

History[edit]

After discussing the technology needs of nonprofits with members of the The WELL, one of the first online communities, Daniel Ben-Horin founded CompuMentor (later TechSoup). His objective was to create a program in which those with technology skills (“mentors”) volunteered to assist nonprofit organizations in gaining a foothold with new information technologies. It also began soliciting donations of technological products, largely from tech magazines that had large stocks of unneeded software sent to them by companies seeking coverage of their products, which CompuMentor collected and then sold to nonprofits for a nominal fee, originally $5.[2][3][4]

In 1997, CompuMentor received $350,000 in donations, tying it with the IT Resource Center as the largest Nonprofit Technology Assistance Provider in the U.S.[5]

In 2008, the organization changed its name to TechSoup Global.[6]

As of 2014, TechSoup reported $38.7 million in revenue. It provides technology assistance services and NGO validation services to nongovernmental organizations, foundations, libraries, and other civil society organizations worldwide in partnerships with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco and Symantec. In partnership with Microsoft, it formed the TechSoup Global Network to support increased distribution of services to nonprofits.[2][7][8][9][10]

The TechSoup Global Network includes Fundacja TechSoup, a separately incorporated “regional hub” established by TechSoup Global. It is based in Warsaw, Poland, and supports activities in 16 European countries.[11][12]

Notable programs[edit]

TechSoup.org[edit]

Launched in January 2002, TechSoup.org is a web site serving nonprofits that provides training webinars, community forums and other resources about the use of technology in nonprofit organizations and public libraries. TechSoup partners with Microsoft to distribute Microsoft's product donations globally, [13][14] and helps to connect nonprofits and libraries to corporate donors such as Adobe, Symantec, Cisco and Intuit. TechSoup.org also verifies the nonprofit status of organizations seeking donations and matches them to the donated technology products they need.[15][16]

GuideStar International[edit]

GuideStar International is a global service that provides open access to accurate NGO data. GSI was begun in 2010 when TechSoup Global and GuideStar International, a U.K.-registered charity that promotes transparency and civil society organization reporting, combined operations.[1]

NGOsource[edit]

NGOsource, a project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup Global, is an online service for U.S. grantmakers to receive equivalency determinations, which are legal certifications that a non-U.S. NGO is equivalent to a U.S. public charity, thereby reducing the cost and complexity of international grantmaking.[17] Launched in March 2013, it helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their global philanthropy.[18] According to its website, NGOsource was active in 81 countries as of 2015.[19]

NetSquared[edit]

NetSquared organizes local actors to collaborate in open innovation challenges, as well as monthly face-to-face meetups.[20][citation needed] These challenges engage citizen technologists to find Internet and mobile solutions to address pressing local issues such as government transparency, government efficiency, corruption, and rule of law.[citation needed] NetSquared’s “ReStart Slovakia” challenge provided recognition and seed funds to help launch the “Open Courts” project to promote transparency in Slovakia's judicial system.[21][citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Guidestar International and TechSoup Global Combine". Nonprofit Quarterly. April 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Gilpin, Lyndsey (June 23, 2015). "10 awesome technology nonprofits you should know about". Tech Republic. 
  3. ^ Markoff, John (April 13, 2008). "When Tech Innovation has a Social Mission". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Guthrie, Julian (March 22, 2009). "TechSoup sees upside for nonprofits in downturn". SF Gate. 
  5. ^ McInerney, Paul-Brian (January 1, 2014). From Social Movement to Moral Market. 
  6. ^ Mills Groninger, Tim (May 15, 2011). "Disconnecting from the network". Nonprofit Times. 
  7. ^ Nauffts, Mitch (May 2, 2006). "Daniel Ben-Horin, Founder/President of CompuMentor: Philanthropy and the Next-Generation Web". Philanthropy Digest. 
  8. ^ "2014 Year in Review". Annual Report. 2014. 
  9. ^ Cheney, Catherine (November 25, 2015). "As tech moves toward shared value, what is the role for bridge builders?". Devex. 
  10. ^ Freda, Diane (September 24, 2015). "IRS Gives OK to Outside Good-Faith Determinations for Foundations". Bloomberg BNA. 
  11. ^ "Foundation TechSoup". National Forum of Nongovernmental Initiatives. 2014. 
  12. ^ "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Provide ICT Support to NGOs in CEE/Russia: Fundacja TechSoup". Charles Stewarrt Mott Foundation. 2015. 
  13. ^ Hutsko, Joe (2009). ’Green Gadgets for Dummies’. ’Green Gadgets for Dummies’ (John Wiley & sons). 
  14. ^ Schuster, Shawn (March 16, 2015). "How your church can accept electronic offerings". Gospel Herald. 
  15. ^ Cohen, Rick (October 24, 2013). "The medium data alliance between Guidestar and the Foundation Center: Get your information here". The Nonprofit Quarterly. 
  16. ^ Badshah, Akhtar (July 27, 2011). "Expanding Microsoft software donations for more nonprofits". Microsoft Citizenship blog TechNet. 
  17. ^ "Treasury and IRS Rule Changes Reduce Barriers to Global Grantmaking", NGOsource, September 24, 2012 Archived November 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Explanation of Proposed Treasury Regulations: Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations of Equivalency Determinations", Council on Foundations, September 24, 2012 Archived December 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ NGOsource About Us
  20. ^ "NetSquared 2009: Making the Virtual Proximal” The Huffington Post June 4, 2009
  21. ^ In Slovakia, a Website Shines the Spotlight on Infamously Corrupt Judiciary TechPresident, July 31, 2013