This week at Microsoft’s inaugural CXO Summit we are hosting nonprofit leaders from around the world to exchange insights and practical guidance to help nonprofits achieve their missions and drive greater impact through digital transformation. We are announcing several new solutions, offers and resources, built hand-in-hand with nonprofits to meet some of their most critical needs.
The demands on nonprofits are perhaps greater today than ever. That’s why, in early 2016, Microsoft Philanthropies committed to donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources, over three years, to help 70,000 nonprofit organizations digitally scale their impact and serve the public good. Today, we’re proud to share that nonprofit demand for cloud solutions has dramatically exceeded our expectations. We have reached our original goal a year early and donated cloud services to more than 90,000 nonprofits.
On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets. The application process is now open for a new set of partners.
Microsoft is taking another step in fulfilling our $1 billion commitment to ensure that our cloud serves the public good. Today, through Microsoft Philanthropies, we are making Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible nonprofit organizations by offering Azure credits.