TechSoup to aid developing world

TechSoup Global has announced a commitment to provide technological products and services to nonprofits worldwide, especially in developing countries.

As part of the effort, unveiled at the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative gathering in New York City, the nonprofit aims to increase the number of countries it serves to 60 from 16 by the year 2011, branching out to underserved areas of Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

It also plans to launch regional programs that will teach nonprofits how to apply cutting-edge technology to local problems.

“We are now on the fast track to building our channel, with our partners, into a truly global system for efficiently distributing not only technology but other socially-beneficial products and services throughout the world,” Daniel Ben-Horin, founder and co-CEO of TechSoup Global, says in a statement.

Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, Business Objects, Symantec, ReadyTalk and Pure Digital have joined the effort.

TechSoup also was named host organization for the Equivalency Determination Information Repository, an effort that aims to create a better system for determining if foreign grantees are the equivalent of U.S. public charities.

The repository is a joint effort of the Foundation Center, Independent Sector and InterAction.

Founded in 1987 as the CompuMentor Project, TechSoup Global is devoted to providing nonprofits the technology and training needed to achieve maximum effectiveness.

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