以下是來自舊金山TechSoup總部 Rebecca Masisak執行長對開拓加入Techsoup-Taiwan平台的祝賀稿。
The TechSoup platform has evolved since our origins as a small U.S.-focused nonprofit. Initially, our emphasis was on matching volunteer technology expertise with nonprofits that needed their help. Over the past 20 years, our platform has expanded to include a distribution channel for donated technology products, a wealth of technology content resources, online forums, and technology programs aimed at specific constituencies, such as libraries and community technology centers.
Frontier Foundation has been working on creating digital opportunities for NGOs for 14 years through training, building websites and other ways to help NGOs reduce the digital divide. Frontier Foundation created the first Chinese search engine
in Taiwan, set up the first server for NGOs, started the first training courses for NGOs, and has had significant impact building the online communities for women, the disabled, aborigine tribes and other virtual communities.
TechSoup Stock – our channel for product philanthropy – began just six years ago with three donors – Microsoft, Lotus and WebGecko. Today, our roster has grown to 31 providers of not just software, but also hardware, from companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Intuit and Adobe. As of March 31, 2008, we’ve distributed over $1 billion USD worth of technology products through this channel, thanks to the generous philanthropy of these donors. Our global donation program, which launched a year and a half ago, has grown rapidly and we expect to deliver over $50 million USD in donated technology to NGOs and libraries in 18 countries by June 2008.
As the program grows, we seek to partner with organizations that share our vision and have the capacity to deliver. Frontier
Foundation clearly demonstrates both. Like TechSoup, Frontier Foundation is committed to fostering social development and bridging the digital divide through the application of Information and Communication Technologies. We both seek to remove barriers for NGOs to effectively utilize technology, through hardware and software resources, access to expert advice, and connections to communities of support. Frontier Foundation’s efforts around building a resource web site for women’s rights and services, and creating a platform to help aborigine villages to communicate with the outside world are great examples of empowering communities through ICT. We are confident that Frontier Foundation has the leadership,knowledge, resources and reach to make this program successful in Taiwan.
As we bring our platform to partners around the globe, we hope not only to increase the impact of technology product philanthropy, but also to build a network of ICT capacity building organizations that can inspire and support one another. For example, our South African partner SANGONeT played a key role in the launch of BiGTech in partnership with TechSoup in India. We are excited to see how this emerging network will produce benefits we can’t even imagine today.
My sincere congratulations to Shufang Tsai and the rest of the Frontier Foundation team on a job well done. We look forward to working together to serve the unmet needs of the global NGO community and the people they serve. Thank you.
台灣的朋友大家好，TechSoup執行長Rebecca Masisak在舊金山總部向大家問好。恭喜開拓文教基金會在台灣順利推出「科技濃湯」服務，並感謝微軟公司以及位於加拿大的Bytes of Learning慷慨地支持本項服務。
TechSoup Stock是為傳送慈善捐助的科技產品而創立的服務。六年前由Microsoft, Lotus 及WebGecko三家公司的捐贈開始，至今已經有Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Intuit 與 Adobe等31家公司加入捐贈行列，內容包括軟體和硬體。到今年2008的3月31日止，我們已經成功地將市值十億美元的科技產品傳送到需要的非營利組織，再次感謝這些捐贈伙伴慷慨的善舉。一年半前，我們開始了這個全球的捐贈計畫，成長得非常地快速，我們預計到這個月底，捐贈給全球18個國家的非營利組織和圖書館的科技產品將達五億美元。