MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES, 31 March 2016 – Microsoft Philippines today holds “Technology for Good,” a gathering of primary movers and decision-makers of nonprofit organizations that offers capacity-building, learning, and networking opportunities that empower them to do more and achieve more through technology.
Held at the Microsoft Philippines headquarters in Makati, the gathering is Microsoft’s way of fulfilling its mission to empower every organization on the planet to achieve more through solutions that they can leverage to better their services.
For more than 15 years, Microsoft has been running Technology for Good all over the globe to inspire NGOs to use technology to achieve greater impact and transform the communities they serve.
“Non-profits in the Philippines are truly unsung heroes with their desire to instigate social change throughout the country by offering its citizens services they would not come into contact with otherwise,” said Karrie Ilagan, Microsoft Philippines Managing Director. “We see in our nonprofit partners the potential for great impact on communities they operate in, but are met with great challenges – they are stretched to their limits and challenged to do more with less to serve their communities and advance their mission.”
Microsoft has worked with more than 86,000 nonprofits around the globe through Technology for Good, with software donations are closing in on the $1 billion per year level. The launch and rapid growth of Office 365 for Nonprofit has also provided thousands of organizations all over the world access to world-class tech solutions that used to be only available to corporations that have the money to buy them.
In the Philippines, Microsoft has supported over 243 nonprofit organizations and donated $10.9 million in software donations.
With the goal of teaching local NGOs to leverage technology further in their operations, the event strengthens the will of non-profits to continue making a difference with the social equalizer that is technology.
Part of the roster of speakers from various non-profit organizations in the country was Asst. Secretary Noel Macalag of the Department of Social Welfare and Development who shared insights on the roles played and trends set by digitization in the DSWD.
Joining him are speakers from TechSoup, the Caucus of NGO Networks, Mulat Pinoy – Kabataan News Network, Gawad Kalinga, and PeaceTech who further empowered attendees through their experience using accessible technology grants and solutions, while sharing insights, marketing
techniques, and case studies that would help their fellow NGOs map out not only their organizational growth but their internal IT growth as well.
This Technology for Good gathering is the first of two legs of efforts spearheaded by Microsoft Philippines to share their knowledge and provide a platform for learning not just for enterprises but for non-profit organizations as well.
“We will be hosting Deep Dive sessions in April as well as add-on training opportunities in May to provide NGOs with the information, resources, and capacity they need to take the next steps in strengthening their organizations with the use of Microsoft technologies,” said Ilagan.
For more insights on how Technology for Good has inspired companies to maximize use of technology, visit www.news.microsoft.com.ph
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