Letter from the CEO
In 2016, TechSoup achieved a milestone of which I'm immensely proud. We expanded our reach to make it possible for nonprofits in every country in the world* to gain unparalleled access to a resource-rich community and an increasingly diverse set of donor programs.
Donors and corporations like Wells Fargo, Google, the World Bank, and 18 of the 20 largest international grantmakers joined Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, Cisco, and almost 100 others in scaling up their philanthropic support through the ease of TechSoup's platform.
Our online and offline activities supported causes as diverse as humanitarian services, youth development, government transparency, and refugee assistance. You name a mission focus and you can be sure that organizations working on those issues from all over the world have benefited from their connection to TechSoup.
Doing good around the world and scaling giving programs has never been easier; TechSoup has enabled social benefit organizations to efficiently connect, through one registration, to a rich community of support designed with their needs in mind.
Last year, the number of NGOs registering on TechSoup grew by 32 percent. We reached 182,000 NGOs with US$1.3 billion worth of goods in 2016. We added new models to better support cloud solutions, hardware, technology services, and education and training, as well as access to cash and volunteers.
The stories in this Year in Review share the many ways TechSoup and its global network of 66 capacity-building NGOs are working together. We're equipping, empowering, convening, and transforming international civil society through a global technology platform coupled with face-to-face local events.
Digital approaches are disrupting and transforming businesses, government agencies, academia, and the philanthropic and charitable sectors. NGOs have an opportunity to leverage digital strategies to better achieve their missions. TechSoup is dedicated to facilitating for everyone the opportunities made possible by the promise of technology, a collaborative approach, and transformative digital capabilities.
That is why I am so excited about 2017 and beyond. We laid the foundation for a higher-impact TechSoup with our 2020 strategic vision and investment plan. I know that together, continuing to build on shared values and trust, we can do so much more.
The investment TechSoup is making in our digital platform and capabilities will allow us to do more with less. This increased efficiency, in turn, will allow more resources and an enhanced set of capabilities to be dedicated to critical mission work.
Building a dynamic bridge that leverages technology to enable connections and innovative solutions for a more equitable planet is TechSoup's mission. We hope this Year in Review 2016 will inspire ideas and actions in your own work.
With gratitude and appreciation,
* 236 countries and territories; excludes countries currently under trade embargo.