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Tech giants to address not-for-profit digital divide

Avanade and Microsoft Philanthropies are advising not-for-profit organisations on the right technologies to operate in the digital world

Leading digital innovators will now work with the social sector to advise not-for-profits on the best ways to technologically succeed in a digital world.

Global professional service company providing IT consulting, Avanade, announced it is partnering with Microsoft Philanthropies for ‘Tech for Social Good’ to support the delivery of impactful technology and relevant solutions to community issues.

It is also now a founding member of NetHope Centre for the Digital Non-Profit, joining Microsoft, Okta and Box and Oracle NetSuite to address the digital divide.

Avanade President of Product and Innovation, Pamela Maynard, said: “Many non-profit organisations face systematic challenges in leveraging technology, whether it’s a shortfall of the right talent or scalable industry solutions.

“As a strategic partner with Microsoft Philanthropies and their Technology for Social Good, we will work together to tackle these challenges and at the same time enable our employees to make a genuine impact in our world today.”

NetHope is a consortium of more than 50 leading global not-for-profits who are using technology for social good. In partnership, the organisations collaborate and develop digital solutions to share and replicate technology solutions of all NFP partners.

The new Technology for Social Good business is staffed with Avanade’s workforce of 34,000 digitally connected people, along with a central investment fund to support further technological work within the not-for-profit sector.

The solutions represent tailored intellectual property (IP) designed to support and to digitally transform not-for-profits so they can continue serving the community.

General Manager of Microsoft Philanthropies Tech for Social Impact, Justin Spelhaug, said: “We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Avanade and Technology for Social Good.

“Avanade is a great partner given their unparalleled experience in the Microsoft stack and their IP in Dynamics and Azure are all hyper relevant in the non-profit industry. They also have a global footprint, which very few partners operating in the world of non-profits can offer.”

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