Charities plug in

By Todd Cohen

Thanks to grants from Raleigh-based Progress Energy and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, local nonprofits are getting help with their technology.

For the second straight year, Progress Energy is donating $10,000 to help a handful of nonprofits improve their tech use.

The company has made both grants to NetCorps, a group with offices in Durham and Eugene, Ore., that provides tech assistance to nonprofits.

NetCorps last year provided tech help to 47 North Carolina nonprofits, including three land conservation trusts it assisted through the Progress Energy grant.

With the second Progress Energy grant this year, NetCorps is assisting 11 groups that focus on sustainable economic development and were selected based on recommendations by NetCorps and the Chapel Hill-based North Carolina office of The Conservation Fund in Arlington, Va.

NetCorps also is providing tech assistance to nonprofits in Greensboro, thanks to a two-year, $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

NetCorps this year will hold at least three tech-planning workshops open to any Guilford County nonprofit, and then provide tech planning for eight to 10 nonprofits selected through a competitive process.

Next year, NetCorps will help some of those nonprofits put their tech plans into effect, with the nonprofits picking up some of the cost.

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