- Program Civil Society
- Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
- Grant Amount $400,000
- Grant Period January 1, 2011–April 30, 2013
- Location Warsaw, Poland
- Geographic Focus Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine
About this grant
The project goal is to strengthen the capacity of nongovernmental organizations in the Central and Eastern Europe and Russia region to access modern information and communication technologies and use them effectively to increase the impact of their work. To this end, Fundacja TechSoup will build a strong infrastructure for distributing technology products to nongovernmental organizations in the region in partnership with leading local nonprofits; launch GuideStar-type data collection systems in several countries; and support communities of practitioners utilizing technology for civic activism. In support of these objectives, the grantee will employ two new senior staff members to manage the above activities. Fundacja TechSoup was established in 2009 in Warsaw, Poland. Together with its sister organization, TechSoup Global, the grantee facilitates the donation and distribution of technology products from over 40 leading companies, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Cisco. As of September 2010, the two organizations have brokered over 6.6 million donations in 35 countries with a value of more than $2 billion.