With the right technology, nonprofits can have an even greater positive impact. That’s the philosophy behind two organizations that are joining forces to distribute refurbished computer equipment and technology resources to charities and NGOs around the world.
Seattle-based InterConnection, which collects the majority of its surplus computer equipment from area businesses, already refurbishes about 5,000 computers annually to ship to nonprofits.
Together with San Francisco’s TechSoup, which provides nonprofits with a portal for requesting equipment and software, the two groups expect to distribute an additional 400 computers a month to organizations in need.
Last year, InterConnection provided a Haiti relief organization with 10 laptops to get the group up and running after the 7.0 earthquake struck in January 2010 – a fraction of the tens of thousands of computers in 38 countries InterConnection says it has distributed since launching in 2009.
Founded in 1987, TechSoup reports that it has donated $2.2 billion in technology products to date.