On May 25th, 2016 non-profit organisations benefited from Microsoft’s Technology for Good Day, a joint initiative between the global technology giant, the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Adult Literacy Tutors Association (ALTA).
ALTA has benefitted from free software from Microsoft since 2000 and the upgrade to Office 365 was welcomed as the package came with integrated online Outlook, SharePoint and One Drive storage of a terabyte per user. Our upgrade was implemented with assistance from Chuck Stuart of Icons Company and has assisted us greatly with the coordinating and running of our free literacy classes, as well as the ALTA Online project. Office 365 is not only used by ALTA in-house staff but also provides access to our Regional Coordinators and special project team members.
Technology has become increasingly important for non-profits in Trinidad and Tobago and facilitates the social transformation these organisations desire to make a reality. The Technology for Good Day was designed to provide these organisations with the technological tools and the know-how needed to augment their social impact. At the event it was announced that non-profits with charitable status would receive access to Microsoft Office 365, to enable productivity anywhere and anytime. The donation was made possible through a global programme that provides qualifying non-profits and nongovernmental organisations with the software free of charge.
For Microsoft, Technology for Good Day was an opportunity to continue its support of non-profit organisations that contribute to the development of Trinidad and Tobago. For ALTA it was great exposure and an opportunity to network and assist NGO’s around the country.