NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Microsoft Philanthropies has fulfilled the three-year commitment to donate Sh100 billion in cloud computing resources to help non-profit organizations digitally scale their impact and better serve public good – a year ahead of schedule.
In Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross Society and I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) are benefiting from the commitment to digitally transform their operations tapping from Microsoft’s cloud resources that have helped 90,000 non-profits and researchers at 700 universities around the world, advance social initiatives.
Microsoft Country Manager for East Africa Sebuh Haileleul says too many non-profits have been left behind in the digital revolution that’s reshaping business and society, but many have a desire to adopt the latest technology.
“That’s why we’re working to help more non-profits around the world more fully leverage the power of the cloud,” Haileleul said.
The Technology for Social Impact team will also build comprehensive new offerings for non-profits.
These begin immediately with Microsoft 365 for Non-profits, which includes Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
Kenya Red Cross Society is a humanitarian relief organisation operating through a network of eight regions, 67 branches and up to 100,000 volunteers and members spread across the country.
On its part ICL-Africa aims to provide a globally competitive education, training, and research and innovation system for sustainable development.
“This is only the beginning,” says Haileleul. “In the coming months we will build upon these offers and on our longstanding commitment to non-profits. We will also engage with start-ups and incubators to enable them to build solutions that meet non-profits’ unique needs.”