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Microsoft Offers NGOs And CSGs $1billion Cloud Subscription And Office 365

In a bid to increase the productivity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Groups (CSGs), top technology company, Microsoft is offering $1billion worth of cloud subscriptions and Office365 to these groups.

This was disclosed at the just concluded Tech4Good program which held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. The program was organized by Microsoft Nigeria in partnership with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN).

Speaking at the program, the citizenship manager, Olusola Amusan, on behalf of Microsoft said the global initiative was created to empower non-profit organizations, especially those whose visions align with that of the United Nations.

Amusan said that, “The Tech4Good day is an annual event which was formally known as the NGO Connection Day, it further restates our commitment to providing technology for the social good. Also, Nigerian based Nonprofits have access to the $1billion dollar cloud offering that Microsoft is giving out to nonprofits in the world, and the power of Office365 which helps them to be more efficient and productive in their work.”

Commenting on the program, Gbenga Sesan, executive director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, said that the Tech4Good platform had given PIN the opportunity to further project its interest in technology.

Speaking on the power of social media on the NGOs and its relevance in their communications plan, Olamide Egbayelo, digital media manager, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, advised NGOs to be more strategic.

On strengthening the focus of NGOs, Egbayelo said that, “In determining the role of social media in our communications plan, we need to consider who our target is. Usually my first question to NGOs is: ‘what is your aim as a nonprofit organization? Who are you targeting?’, Some will say they are targeting everybody; that is absolutely impossible, because there are over 7billion people in the world, over 3billion people on social media and over 2billion active people on the social media. You cannot target everybody, but you can target a particular audience to make that much impact.”

Microsoft Office 365 for Non-profits is free and accessible by all, it includes all Office offerings Online, 1TB OneDrive Cloud Storage, Email up to 50GB capacity, Skype with HD capability, and Yammer the corporate social network; it gives the amazing Microsoft Office experience and the confidence of a trusted cloud.

With access to the latest Office applications as well as other cloud-based productivity services, all your productivity needs are met.

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