Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grant Approval: Microsoft ($17,910)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) works each year to obtain any software needed by BDPA for its programs and services. One of our partners in this effort is Microsoft.

We work through the folks at Tech Soup to request software donations from Microsoft. We were pleased to learn that Microsoft approved $17,910 in software donations.

Their approval letter read as follows:

At Microsoft, we believe technology can do amazing things. That's why we partner with thousands of organizations like yours around the world to help each one achieve its mission. Through our Microsoft Unlimited Potential efforts, we provide technology tools, training, and resources that can help change people's lives and transform communities. Congratulations on being part of our global community!

Microsoft is pleased to support BDPA Education and Technology Foundation with a Microsoft software donation valued at $17,910.00. This letter includes a list of the products you requested and the estimated market value of your donation. Please print copies of this letter for your license and tax records.

In addition to this donation, we also offer other resources, tips, and tools to help you work more efficiently and effectively to achieve your mission. You can find these resources at http://www.microsoft.com/ngo. We have also created specific guidance on what to expect from a partnership with Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/nonprofittoolkit, including resources to help you communicate the benefits of our partnership and connect with other organizations.

If you want to learn more, have access to the latest news and resources, and continue to inform our work, please join our online community.
For more information about Microsoft, our citizenship efforts, and investments in communities around the world, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/citizenship .

Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director
Microsoft Community Affairs

Kudos to David Palmer, our BETF volunteer leader, for his efforts in bringing home this software donation. He was joined in this effort by volunteers in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus and Los Angeles. The software donated to BETF included Office Professional, Office Pro Plus 2007, Office Pro Plus 2010, Windows XP Pro Upgrade and Windows 7/XP/Vista Business.

This is a great news message that gets us off to a strong start for the new year!

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