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Important Changes to the Microsoft Software Donation Program on BigTech as of April 1, 2018

posted  by Anonymous -  Thu, 22/02/2018 - 12:52  

The following changes to this program will come into effect as of April 1, 2018. Please review these changes so that you can incorporate them into your technology planning. These changes allow Microsoft and NASSCOM Foundation to continue to provide nonprofits with the technology they need to achieve their missions.

What Will Change?

o    Certain on-premises software products from Microsoft will no longer be available through NASSCOM Foundation’s BigTech program as donated products. However, these products will soon be available through BigTech as discounted products for eligible nonprofits and libraries.

o    Eligible organizations will no longer be limited to requesting donated products from a maximum of 10 title groups during their two-year cycle. Instead, organizations will be able to simply request up to 50 of each donated product and up to 5 donated server products that don't use core-based licensing per two-year cycle.

What Won’t Change?

o    The most popular on-premises software products from Microsoft will still be available as donated products to eligible nonprofits and libraries.

o    Request limits for donated products will still be reset every two years.

o    All other program rules, eligibility, and restrictions will remained the same.

 For more information, see the Microsoft Software Donation and Discount Program – Eligibility, Allotments, and Returns page.

For questions and feedback, please contact us at 

tags:  Microsoft

FluidSurveys makes surveys faster and simpler

posted  by Anonymous -  Fri, 21/03/2014 - 17:07  


FluidSurveys, a web-based application for creating online surveys and collecting and analyzing survey data, is now available on the BigTech donations program for eligible non-profits, charities, and public libraries throughout India.

FluidSurveys is the leading provider of online survey, form & questionnaire software. With powerful yet easy to use data collection & analysis tools, 
FluidSurveys makes building, distributing and analyzing surveys easy, accessible and affordable. You can use FluidSurveys to quickly gather and analyze informal data through online surveys, forms, or polls.

In addition to all the standard online survey features, a few additional features of FluidSurveys include:
o   Drag and drop interface for creating surveys
o   Embed surveys and polls in a website or blog
o   Embed pictures and videos in your surveys
o   Customize the look and feel of your survey - including an option to use the template of a website you specify so that the look is consistent
o   Export your survey results to Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and advanced analytics software such as SPSS
With a one-year subscription to FluidSurveys Pro your organization can create an unlimited number of surveys with an unlimited number of questions in each and to collect an unlimited number of responses per Survey.

Other notable features of FluidSurveys Pro include:

o   Create surveys with a keystroke: The drag-and-drop interface lets you create and modify surveys and see a real-time preview of how it will actually appear. Your survey questions can be rearranged, copied and pasted, and moved from page to page or from one survey to another.

o   Build and edit polls: You and your team can create single-question polls and embed them on any website or blog. And, poll participants can see real-time poll results as animated graphics (or, not, if you prefer ' it's customizable!)

o   Give your survey the look you want: Your survey's color, font, and spacing can be customized as a whole or on a page-by-page basis. You can also upload logos, images, videos, or other rich media into a survey.

o   Choose from a variety of question types: Include everything from multiple choice and yes/no, to rankings, questions that allow a text response, and more.

o   Branching and skipping: You can direct survey participants to a specific question or page in your survey based on their responses to a previous question.

o   Straightforward results: You can view your survey results online in real time in table or graph form. Analysis tools allow you to filter results and create cross-tabulations to see how results compare. Both table and graph results can be exported as Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Rich Text Format files, and Adobe PDF documents.

o   Multilanguage surveys: Survey creators can give participants the choice to fill out a survey in English, French, or Spanish.

Click here to view product details


Affordable refurbished computers through BigBridge- Stock clearance! (NGOs in India can request before 30th March!)

posted  by Anonymous -  Thu, 14/03/2013 - 11:06  

We are happy to announce stock clearance from the BiG Bridge computer donation programme!

With an aim to help NGOs with easy access to technology and reduce their IT budgets, BigBridge makes refurbished computers available to NGOs at affordable costs. BigBridge donations of over 6000+ computers have helped hundreds of NGOs across India

NGOs who want use computers in your offices and for your programs this is an excellent opportunity to avail affordable computers with licensed softwares.

We urge you to not miss this opportunity. To avail the donations –write to or call us at 11-64782655-62 (ext 25)

BigBridge’s end-of-life computers are donated by IT-BPO companies. These computers are refurbished with hardware and licensed softwares (operating systems and office), and made available for pickup in major metros in India. For more information visit


Donations of Office 2013 Are Now Available!

posted  by Anonymous -  Fri, 25/01/2013 - 12:19  

The latest version of Microsoft Office is here! Eligible NGOs, charities, and libraries can now request Office Standard and Professional editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Program at BiGTech Donation Program


Microsoft Office offers a number of new features and benefits over Office 2010, including direct integration with SkyDrive, new graphics options, the ability to open and edit PDFs in Word, and to sync across several devices. This means you can start working on a document on your desktop and then continue where you left off on another computer, laptop, or tablet because Office saves your work in the cloud as you go.

If you have received a donation of Microsoft Office through BiGTech Donations Program that included Software Assurance (and it is still current), you can upgrade to the latest version of Office at no additional cost. 


What’s New in Office?

One of the most interesting new features of Office is its integration with the cloud. Microsoft’s Office Web Apps let your staff and volunteers create, edit, and share documents online. For example, you can add comments to a Word document, and colleagues can respond to them directly within the document or via email or Skype. Plus: You can start working on a document on your desktop, then continue right where you left off on a different computer or tablet.


   One addition to Word that you’ll notice right away is its treatment of   PDFs. For the first time, you can open a PDF in Word, and its paragraphs, lists, tables, and other content will act just like Word content. 

Word includes new templates and design tools, plus it automatically remembers your location in the document as you work. This means you can close a document and come back to it later, continuing your work at the same spot, even on a different computer. And Word now includes the ability to reply to comments within a comment


  The latest version of Excel helps you explore    your organization’s data in a more intuitive and visual way. Excel recommends charts and graphs for you based on the data you’re trying to display, and it allows you to display selected workbooks collaboratively via Lync. Plus: Excel learns and recognizes your patterns and auto-completes your remaining data without macros.


    As you build your slideshows, PowerPoint  suggests variations on   your color scheme and  template while you are working and    includes new tools to help develop and align text, graphics, and imagery. This updated presentation tool also includes an improved Presenter View and a PowerPoint web app that allows coauthoring of presentations by several people inside and outside of your organization.


   Your OneNote notebooks are now built to move with you, thanks to the new cloud integration. The notes you take on your desktop or laptop will be accessible from any other computer, as well as your tablet and smartphone. You can use OneNote Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android phones. And if you are using a browser, just open the OneNote Web App. 

OneNote now also allows integration of pictures, video, and Excel spreadsheets into your notes. Plus: include links, webpages, maps, and sketches into your note taking as well.



   Outlook features new and improved ways to handle your email accounts, coordinate staff and volunteer schedules, manage your    social networks, and keep yourself organized through to-do lists. The new version of Outlook also includes “Peeks” — which let you take a quick glance at your schedule — as well as a calendar sharing function so others can see when you’re available.

Another neat new addition to Outlook is the weather bar, which lets you view the forecast right within Outlook, helping you plan your day and any upcoming travel.




Office is Optimized for Windows 8

    Eligible organizations can also request  donated upgrades of Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8 Enterprise. With a new mobile-friendly design that features sleek tiles in the place of conventional icons, Windows 8 is a complete rethinking of the Windows environment. It keeps some aspects of what we are all used to from Windows 7. But it drops the “Start” button in favor of a new app-integrated look and makes it easier to sync with cloud-based services. 

Learn more about Windows 8. 

tags:  Microsoft

What we did for the 'Joy of Giving' week? giving back.. IT style!

posted  by Anonymous -  Mon, 08/10/2012 - 16:03   Father Adolf - encouraging volunteering as a must-do activity and not as an extra thing.

One thing we maintain at NASSCOM Foundation is that ‘giving back’ is most effective when it is the core competency of the volunteer that she provides to the beneficiary. So when we sat to design an event for the ‘Joy of Giving’ week, we concluded with the idea of ‘Find an IT Partner’ Event for NGOs wherein NGOs across Mumbai could team up with with IT volunteers. Our host and partner for this event held on 3rd Oct. 2012 was Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), Mumbai. This enabled the opportunity for IT students of DBIT to hone their professional skills in a live environment and to imbibe in them a culture of volunteering for social good. Prior to the event, about 20 NGOs had registered with us along with details of their IT needs which varied from being as simple as troubleshooting the website to as complex as creating an management information system for organizations spread across India.

After a brief introduction and welcome note, each NGO presented their project(s). FPAI, Sujaya Foundation, Salaam Baalak and Maharashtra Dyslexia Association were among the total 12 NGOs that were present.

Ms. Kate Currawala of Maharashtra Dyslexia Association wants a user-friendly website and ecommerce site for their publications. Ms. Zarine Gupta of Salaam Baalak Trust Mumbai Sujaya Foundation speaks about their program and need for online secured data transfer and multi-branch networking

The students zealously listened and then formed groups based on their interests to service the different projects. The student groups are to be mentored by the Comp Sci./IT faculty of DBIT with project timelines ranging from three to six months.

Yashbeer and group takes on the FPAI MIS projectProf. Imran & Deven Shah, Iris Business, taking stock of NGO projects and the students interest in themRahul, student of DBIT, forming a group for open source module customization for FPAI

By the end of the event, seven NGOs benefited from the event and in total eight projects found teams. DBIT student organizing team did a fantastic job of the logistics, etc. so that we could truly focus on the NGOs. A hearty thanks to them (Sydney, Elma, etc.)

As this was a pilot event for us, we hadn’t called in many IT corporates but had conveyed the idea to a few. Mr. Deven Shah from Iris Business was present for the entire time and will be contributing to two of the NGOs. Other corporates such as Cognizant, Mphasis, Mastek, etc. too have shown interest. So don’t be surprised if you see us organizing another one sooner than the next Joy of Giving week.

Next step for us is to work with the NGOs, DBIT faculty and students to scope the projects and plan towards deployment. Watch this space to know more about each project experience and results. Picture abhi baki hain!

12 NGOs brought their IT projects to the 30+ students of DBIT

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Some immediate feedback we got -

"Anyone with experience in the voluntary sector know that one of our biggest limitations is that our administrative systems don't always keep pace with our field activities. ..NASSCOM Foundation's 'Find an IT Partner for your NGO' Event yesterday hit the sweetspot exactly. .. Thank you for bringing us a JGW event that will continue to spread benefit and goodwill for way beyond this week, " says Kate Currawalla from Maharashtra Dyslexia Association.

Fresh from the ConnectIT workshop held from 26-28 Sep, Ms. Zarine Gupta Trustee, Salaam Baalak Trust said "Let me take this opportunity to thank Prashant Pandit who showed great leadership qualities in coordinating and networking with all partners and the NASSCOM Team for taking valuable time of their busy schedule and imparting the IT skills training for NGO's. It was a great learning opportunity for us and hope to put all that we have learnt into practice at Salaam Baalak Trust, Mumbai. This is a great achievement for all of us and I am sure a great CSR activity for NASSCOM ".

A hearty thanks to all who participated in the event either by bringing their projects or by volunteering to work on those projects.

We hope this small event shall scale up to the point where each IT professionals shall work hand in hand with the developmental sector of the country.



Just In: Donated Licenses of Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits!

posted  by Anonymous -  Tue, 25/09/2012 - 11:03  

Increase productivity, reduce costs, and simplify your NGO’s IT management with Microsoft Office 365. Available through Microsoft to qualifying organizations, Office 365 provides you and your staff with web-based access to Office applications and your documents from anywhere. Visit Microsoft Website for details Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits

Save Money On Your Server Spends, Adopt Amazon Web Services

Mon, 25/09/2017 - 13:33 - Anonymous
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud computing platform offered by Amazon - A vast system of pay-as-you-go data centres for all your web and application server needs. Now all eligible NGOs can save on IT Infrastructure costs, move closer to Big Data, equip volunteers, temporary employees with virtual desktops and enjoy complete data redundancy. Know More.


New to BigTech: Box Online Collaboration Service

Mon, 12/10/2015 - 11:41 - Anonymous

New to BigTech: Box Online Collaboration Service

BigTech is proud to announce our newest donor partner, provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service.

See the Donation Program for details about this offer. 

Is It Right for My Organization?

You can use Box's cloud-based storage and collaboration tools to replace traditional on-premises file servers and traditional file-sharing processes. It also provides tools that facilitate program management, funding development, and global collaboration.

If your organization works with sensitive data, Box also provides the administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to support your organization's compliance with HIPAA.

How Does It Work?

See these examples of what nonprofits can do with Box.

Create a folder structure that categorizes your daily fundraising responsibilities.














Use Box’s collaboration features like commenting and task management to manage the completion of a grant application. 

Manage geographically dispersed staff and beneficiaries by creating folder structures with content specific to regional offices 






















Speed up collaboration by allowing users to review time-sensitive work in the cloud in real time from any device, instead of through traditional file-transfer applications and internal servers.


















Embed your quarterly or annual reports stored in Box on an external website or intranet page.

Foundations can streamline funding development and partnerships by creating a grant submission and approval process with Box


Box integrates with other applications like Salesforce, NetSuite, Microsoft Office and Office 365, and more.

To learn more, read Box's summary of how nonprofits can use its services.

What's Available?

Eligible organizations can receive a donation of Box Starter Edition that includes 10 user licenses and 100 GB of storage space. These licenses are perpetual, meaning they never expire. You can upload and share files up to 2 GB in size with the Starter Edition.

See all the features included with Box Starter Edition on the pricing page.

Nonprofit Success Stories

These organizations are using Box to more effectively carry out their missions.

·         Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: This organization used Box to more effectively raise funds for blood cancer research. Its employees use Box to share digital asset libraries and collaborate with third-party vendors. When raising funds at events in the field, employees use Box on iPads to share videos, PDFs, and presentations with potential donors.

·         Grameen Foundation: This global microfinance nonprofit improved collaboration across four continents with Box. Before using Box, it had problems providing access to shared servers and its intranet to field offices in South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. It has integrated Box content with its Salesforce implementation.

·         Operation Hope: This financial literacy nonprofit uses Box as its primary content management system for all employees.  Before Box, it had problems with employees accessing content because its internal servers crashed frequently.

·         Teach for America, The International Rescue Committee, and Kiva all use Box for content management and collaboration. Learn more about their stories and watch a video detailing their work on the Box website.  

·         Team Rubicon, Habitat for Humanity Australia, and Beyond12 also use Box to achieve their diverse goals. Learn more about each of these organizations on the Box blog.

Check out how other organizations are using Box to create positive change by reading success stories on the website. 

tags:  Box

Office 2016 is here!

Thu, 01/10/2015 - 09:54 - Anonymous

What's New in Office for Windows

Simplified sharing: Quickly and easily invite others to review or edit your document using the new Share button located on the Ribbon in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel doc.  With better integration in Office 2016, you can get more information and have more interactivity while working within documents.  Integration with Skype for Business incorporates instant messaging or live calls.


Real-time typing in Word: You can see where others are working and what they are typing as they type it in the Word desktop application. Just save a document to OneDrive for Business and invite your colleagues to join you in a simultaneous authoring session.



 Data analysis in Excel: New analysis capabilities are built into Excel, including one-click forecasting, so you can pull, map, analyze and visualize your data faster.



 Insights: Powered by Bing, this feature brings you contextual information from the web right into your Office experience when using Word, Excel, Outlook, or PowerPoint


 Data loss protection: IT admins can centrally create, manage, and enforce policies for content authoring and document sharing in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. End users will see policy tips or sharing restrictions when the apps detect a potential policy violation.


Google for Nonprofits is now available!

Wed, 03/06/2015 - 17:29 - Anonymous
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Google for Nonprofits offers qualified organizations access to free versions of paid Google products and special features designed for nonprofits. These tools can help nonprofits find new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and get supporters to take action Read more



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