Verizon boots up – $70M in grants

By Todd Cohen

Nonprofits looking for tech help are getting a windfall, thanks to the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE that created New York-based Verizon Communications.

The new Verizon Foundation will spend $70 million this year – mainly focused on helping nonprofits make better use of technology.

The foundation’s Web site spells out priority areas for grants and requires electronic submission of funding requests. The bilingual Web site, which offers visitors versions in English and Spanish, features links to a broad range of technology resources, including tools that nonprofits can use to assess their use of technology.

The Web site also lets nonprofits apply for tech training. Nonprofits approved by the foundation receive vouchers they can take to training organizations working in partnership with the foundation. Staff members who receive training are expected to train fellow staffers at their nonprofits.

“Technology can be an important tool for nonprofits to use in enhancing their programs, services, communications and operations in general,” says Michael Kornfeld, a foundation spokesman.

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