Irish non-profits benefit from tech philanthropy


7 May 2008

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Nearly 400 non-profit organisations and higher education institutions in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) are using donated licences from Salesforce.com to organise their work, according to the Salesforce.com Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the software-as-a-service company.

In Ireland, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Citywise Ireland and the City of Dublin YMCA have benefited from Salesforce.com’s 1/1/1 corporate philanthropy model, where 1pc of the company’s time, 1pc of its equity and 1pc of its product are donated to non-profit organisations.

During 2008, the company expects 7,600 hours will have been given to a wide variety of community organisations in Europe, and many of Salesforce.com’s European implementation and product partners such as Astadia, SofiaWorks, SaasPoint, Westbrook International and iPayment Solutions have donated products and services to nonprofits as well.

“The last 12 months have really gained in momentum for our product donation programme in EMEA, particularly in the UK, Ireland and Israel,” said Isabel Kelly, director of the Salesforce.com Foundation in EMEA.

“Inadequate technology wastes the limited resources available to nonprofits. We donate our product to increase capacity and efficiency in the charitable and higher education sectors so that they can focus on their social mission.”

By Niall Byrne