$4m Microsoft partnership aids World Vision’s fight against poverty

Microsoft and World Vision Australia are joining forces in the fight against global poverty with a $4 million software donation that will strengthen World Vision’s technology capability and enhance its supporters’ experience.

The non-cash grant represents World Vision’s largest corporate partnership and is delivered under Microsoft’s Citizenship Program; providing technology, tools, training and resources to not-for-profit organisations to create opportunities and transform communities.

World Vision Australia’s chief executive Tim Costello said he was extremely grateful for Microsoft’s support and excited about the possibilities the grant opened for both organisations.

“This partnership and the technology it brings will transform the way our staff work and collaborate, advancing World Vision’s customer relationship management system so we can better target the information our Australian supporters receive,” Mr Costello said.

“It will also result in significant savings, making even more funds available for our work in the field, where it is needed most.”

Microsoft Australia’s Citizenship Manager, Anna Howarth said Microsoft had a long history of supporting the Australian non-for-profit community, donating more than $50 million of software in Australia in the last financial year.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with World Vision Australia and providing them with the tools they need to support their employees and improve the experience of their Australian supporters.”

As part of Microsoft Australia’s Tech4Good program, Microsoft staff will also have the opportunity to volunteer for World Vision’s Young Mob Leadership Program that helps young Aboriginal people develop their life skills and cultural knowledge.

The grant includes the provision of a range of productivity tools including, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, SharePoint, Lync and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.

Media contacts:

Tamara Blackmore, Senior Media Officer, World Vision Australia tamara.blackmore@worldvision.com.au, 0403 894 558

Steven Reilly, Ogilvy PR on behalf of Microsoft Australia steven@ogilvy.com.au, 0431 711 470

Images of World Vision chief executive Tim Costello with Microsoft managing director Australia and New Zealand, Pip Marlow available for download.

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