Symantec and TechSoup Global Help Nonprofits Achieve their Missions

Symantec and TechSoup Global Help Nonprofits Achieve their Missions

By Marissa Rusek, Senior Program Manager, TechSoup Global


In its fiscal year 2013, Symantec contributed more than $24 million in cash and software to nonprofits working within its four philanthropic focus areas: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; online safety; diversity; and environmental responsibility. Over the next few weeks, we will hear from several of our partners on various projects and programs that Symantec is helping to support. Earlier this week, we heard from Dresden Joswig from the Rainforest Alliance. Earlier in this series, we heard from Acterra, an environmental nonprofit serving Silicon Valley, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Today we feature Marissa Rusek from TechSoup Global.

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 9:00am

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At the rural base of the Appalachian Mountains, 80 miles north of Atlanta, sit two small library branches that serve a county of 25,000. One of the main reasons people come to the libraries in White County is to use the computer. For example, Michael Humphrey, Program Manager for White County Libraries, recalls that when a Wal-Mart opened in the area in 2010, local residents seeking work had to have computer access to apply for the sought-after jobs.

“People came in to use the computer who had never used one before. As a result, the small library staff worked with patrons one-on-one and held computer classes two or three times per week.”

To meet this local need for networked computers, Humphrey tapped TechSoup, an international network of NGOs that provides technology resources and education to non-profits, NGOs, and charities around the world, to request donated desktop computers. To keep his local network safe and secure, Humphrey also requested a donation of Norton Antivirus software for each machine, which he updates regularly.

Read the full post on the Symantec CR in Action blog here.