Earlier today a new national technology donations for non profit organisations in Ireland was launched in Dublin.

The programme, which is run by ENCLUDE and supported by Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec aims to provide non-profits with access to technology donations from the supporting companies. It is estimated that up to 5,000 organisations in Ireland will be able to benefit from this new initiative which promises to help improve the support and services delivered to the most vulnerable people in our society.

The programme was launched by Martin Cullen, Minister for Social and Family Affairs and the Barretstown Gang Camp, the children’s cancer charity, became the first charity to officially benefit from the technology donation programme.  Barretstown plans to use the donated technology to support a new system that will enable the charity to improve it communications with its 110 partner hospitals around Europe and with the hundreds of families dealing with serious illness supported by the charity every year.

Peter Scallan, Barretstown’s CEO said: "This year over 1,500 seriously ill children and their families have taken part in our programme, which is recognised by the medical community as an important part of a child's recovery from serious illness. This generous donation of equipment will enable us to help many more children in the years to come."

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Matthew Tonge and Leonie Hackett at the launch in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin

How it works

The ENCLUDEit Programme enables eligible organisations to gain access to donated technology, allowing them to choose from a wide range of products from Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec.  The programme is being run in partnership with US based TechSoup, a non-profit technology assistance agency that has been supporting non-profits in the area of technology for 21 years.

Any Irish organisation seeking to secure a donation can log on to www.encludeit.org for more details. The process has been designed to be simple and straightforward with a small administrative fee of between 4% and 8% of the value of the donated products payable upon receipt of the donation. The administration fee ensures that the service is sustainable for the long-term and helps to fund ENLCUDEIT.

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