Oracle NetSuite has announced the expanded commitment to the NetSuite Social Impact program, which provides nonprofits with donated software and pro bono tech consulting.
The announcement comes hot off Oracle OpenWorld 2019 and shows that tech providers are invested in tackling accessibility within the nonprofit sector. NetSuite’s Social Impact program delivers impact through three key areas: Suite Donation, Suite Pro Bono, and Suite Capacity. Together, these components provide free technology to nonprofits and free NetSuite consultation on how to utilize the software, as well as connect nonprofits together to leverage community insight.
Since the program’s launch in 2006, NetSuite has helped over 1,500 nonprofits and donated over $100 million in software. That's only the beginning of NetSuite's reach; the company's commitment includes software donations to 300-plus new nonprofits globally in the past year, as well as expanding the Suite Pro Bono program to provide over 6,000 hours of NetSuite expertise across the globe. Reflecting on the program’s success, Evan Goldberg, EVP, said, “...we continue to expand our Social Impact program to help apply the power of technology to some of the world’s most critical problems.”
Along with the Social Impact program, NetSuite continues to partner with other like-minded technology companies through #ImpactCloud, a coalition dedicated to accelerating nonprofit social impact via technology. Big players here include Tableau, VMWare, Asana, and Salesforce, and all of which leverage resources and expertise on various projects to support nonprofit operations.
NetSuite’s program is one of multiple in the industry that meets nonprofits where they are and works collaboratively toward a solution. #ImpactCloud partner Salesforce offers a similar pro bono program called The Power of Us that donates ten Salesforce for Nonprofits subscriptions to nonprofits and offers significant discounts on future products and services. Just recently, Microsoft also announced its new Microsoft for Nonprofits product, which provides 10 donated subscriptions for eligible organizations and offers access to a learning hub to address tech literacy.
More and more, tech providers are stepping up to address the barriers that inhibit nonprofit success, which predominantly are cost, tech literacy, and capacity. Until the larger funding landscape comes to realize that technology is integral to impact, programs like NetSuite Social Impact will be crucial in equipping the world’s nonprofits to be effective changemakers.