TechSoup Global

Rating: 4.88 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 435 Brannan St Ste 100 San Francisco CA 94107 USA

Mission: TechSoup Global is an international network of 58 NGOs serving 112 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. For over 25 years, it has leveraged technology to build NGO capacity towards solving social problems in local communities and fostering global social change. TechSoup Global's core capabilities include running one of the largest technology philanthropy programs in the world; providing NGO validation services to funders and corporations; gathering, analyzing, and distributing global social-sector data; and catalyzing community-oriented technology innovations. Powered by a social-enterprise business model, this work is grounded in collaborations within the social sector and beyond. With 609,000 NGOs registered in the global database, TechSoup Global is a connector across sectors, bringing the widest range of stakeholders together: NGOs, government agencies, social enterprises, technology activists, foundations, and 100+ leading technology companies- such as Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, Cisco, and Intuit. (www.techsoupglobal.org) TechSoup donation programs connect NGOs, charities, and libraries in 112 countries to donated and discounted technology products, knowledge resources, and expert communities. (www.techsoup.org) NGOsource is a new online service for U.S. grantmakers to quickly receive equivalency determinations, which are legal certifications that a non-U.S. NGO is equivalent to a U.S. public charity, thereby reducing cost and complexity of international grantmaking. NGOsource now operates in 68 countries. (www.ngosource.org)
Results: As of June 30, 2014, TechSoup Global has distributed over 13.8 million software and hardware product donations and enabled recipients to save more than US$4.4 billion in IT expenses in 112 countries around the world.
Target demographics: to provide the technology resources needed to help nonprofits and NGOs to achieve their mission.
Geographic areas served: TechSoup Global serves a total of 60 countries in 2013.
Programs: TechSoup Global, which is an international network of 58 NGOs serving 112 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. For over 25 years, it has leveraged technology to build NGO capacity towards solving social problems in local communities and fostering global social change. TechSoup Global's core capabilities include running one of the largest technology philanthropy programs in the world; providing NGO validation services to funders and corporations; gathering, analyzing, and distributing global social-sector data; and catalyzing community-oriented technology innovations. Powered by a social-enterprise business model, this work is grounded in collaborations within the social sector and beyond. As a connector across sectors, TechSoup Global brings the widest range of stakeholders together: NGOs, government agencies, social enterprises, technology activists, foundations, and 100+ leading technology companies.
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Rating: 4 stars  

NetSquared helps not profit association from many parts of the world to acquire skills and tools of IT and Social media to better impact their countries development.
With the assistance of NetSquared experts and the network of organizers every association can gets benefits from expertise of both sides.
Specially for developing countries this help is more than necessary, and is really appreciated, because sometimes associations have good ideas , but not knowledge and financial capacities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ask to NetSquared to help associations (especially for developing countries) to acquire computers which are the indispensable tools to train,and sensitize more people. Help each local organizer for example to put in place a center of training well equipped with computers and video projector ( not necessarily new computers )

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

TechSoup Global's outreach program NetSquared have been instrumental in helping the association I volunteer with. The support given through NetSquared continues to motivate the association members to continue their mission.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would spread the product access to all countries of the world. There are many developing nations that could benefit significantly from these products, but don't have a access.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been able to get a lot more done for my nonprofit clients, because they can equip themselves through Techsoup with the basic infrastructure and software they need to utilize my consulting services. Techsoup is a god-send and a great service.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A bigger inventory, and more providers... why can't I get Salesforce licenses through Techsoup?!?

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

TechSoup not only provided us an awesomely discounted products but they also have a great customer support experience

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None so far. Keep up the good work!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

For the past 11 years Tech Soup has been a tremendous support for our non-profit. We are able to get Microsoft products that we could not afford to buy for our operations. We are able to refer other non-profits to Tech Soup so they can buy software that we cannot furnish. I use the web site for information on topics such as web site development and comparing the various free tools that are available. Tech Soup hosts many educational manuals so that I can refer others to their site. Software, webinars, hardware and information are just a few of the reasons that Tech Soup is a leader in supporting non-profits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of anything. They are very professional and supportive of non-profits.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I do development and communications for PeacePlayers International, a non-profit organization that operates in 5 different countries. Techsoup enabled me to get Adobe Photoshop and Premier that dramatically helped our communications efforts and almost no cost. PeacePlayers also participated in their timeline app.

In addition, I love their mission and organizational culture. Keep it up!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We get our Microsoft and Adobe products through TechSoup. Love it! It saves us a lot of money that can be spent now on our programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Getting software

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more Adobe CS4 in stock - they are currently out of stock. Would also love donated web hosting and email marketing software. I know they are working on getting this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization was an absolute godsend to our organization. As a small community museum we operate on a very tight, very small budget and rely on donations for most of our operating costs. When our only computer system crashed we were frantic. I was able to restore most of the information but microsoft office pro which ran our entire collection data base. There was no way we could afford the software ourselves but a member suggested techsoup. The application process was easy and the support staff helped all the way. Since enrolling we have been able to purchase software to do projects that we never could have afforded on our own and we are so greatful for this organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work as I am the curator, IT tech, project manager, archivist and many other things. Without the software made available from techsoup we would have lost our digital collection reports of about 2200 items.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not do a thing they are wondeful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Their website is easy to navigate, they have built an incredible amount of partnerships to provide nonprofits like the Women's Intercultural Center the ability to obtain technology we could not otherwise afford. To them we owe our installation of the latest version of Quickbooks, Microsoft Office 2007 for all our computers and our computer lab for our participants, plus much more. Aside from that, they have an awesome customer service! What more can you ask for...a credible organization, variety of products at great prices, and great people to work with!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by having our nonprofit, the Women's Intercultural Center, become a registered user and have purchased their products.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to building relationships to provide technology to nonprofits that otherwise could not afford it and make sure to keep that newsletter going to its registered members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the products they offer and their service.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its services to small businesses!

Ways to make it better...

I could get their newsletters. I signed on for them and I haven't received some for a while.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping up with the pace of the ever changing world of technology and funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you have not tried Technsoup your nonprofit is truly missing out.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

Working with the EcoCommons in Second Life I have had the opportunity to collaborate with many organizations -- The Sierra Club, OneWorld.net, Sustainable Harvest International and many others are now moving in to share virtual office space thanks to TechSoup Global's initiative in virtual events and organizational collaboration. We save tons in travel by networking virtually across boundaries, building new cause campaigns at very low cost.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Cross-organizational collaboration

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Global interactivity and relevant events, a community of likeminded people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very intelligent, insightful leaders

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create networks of change that ripple throughout the inner landscapes of the NGO sector, strengthening thousands of organizations to do more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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