REDMOND,Wash。

Aug。

3,1999MicrosoftCorp。

todayannouncedthedonationofmorethan$7。

1millioninsoftwareto10nationalnonprofitorganizations。

Awardedannually,NonprofitTechnologyLeadershipGrantsprovidelarge-scalecontributionsofsoftwaretononprofitorganizationsthathaveofficesinatleastthreestates。

ThegrantprogramisacentralcomponentofMicrosoftsmissiontoequipnonprofitorganizationswithtechnologysolutions,enablingthemtoachieveincreasedoperationalefficiency,enhancedinternalandexternalcommunications,andbetterprogramandservicedelivery。

Thisyearsrecipientsincludesuchwell-knownorganizationsastheAmericanRedCross,AmericanLungAssociation,HabitatforHumanityInternationalandtheNationalMultipleSclerosisSociety。

Lesser-knowngranteesincludeACCIONInternational,anorganizationdedicatedtoreducingpovertybyproviding

microloans

andbusinessadvisoryservicestopeoplewithlowincomeswhostarttheirownsmallbusinesses,andMercyHousing,aDenver-basedaffordablehousingdevelopmentandmanagementorganizationservinglow-incomeindividualsandfamilies。

OurTechnologyLeadershipGrantprogramisdesignedtohelpnonprofitorganizationsusecurrentinformationtechnologytoreachnewheightsinoperationsandservicedelivery,

saidKimberlyEllwanger,seniordirectorofcorporateaffairs,Microsoft。

Thesophisticationandinnovativethinkingthesegrantwinnersusedindefiningtheirwishlistfortechnologywassoimpressive;helpingthemdeliveronthosegoalsisahugesuccessforMicrosoft。

Grantsrangefrom$248,000tomorethan$2million(basedonthesoftwaresestimatedretailvalue)andwillprovidetechnologyupgradesandenhancementstheseorganizationsneedtobettermeettheirobjectives。

Withouttoolstohelpuscommunicateeffectively,conservationsimplycannotwork,

saidWorldWildlifeFundPresidentKathrynFuller。

ThisgrantwillbeanimportantresourceasWorldWildlifeFundbecomesoneofthefirstorganizationstoundertakeconservationonabroadgeographicscale,collaboratingwithpartnersacrossstateandcountrylines。

ThankstoMicrosoft,dollarsearmarkedfortechnologycanberedirectedtosupportourimportantconservationworkinthefield。

TheNonprofitTechnologyLeadershipGrantprogrambeganin1997withthreerecipients。

TheseandotherpastrecipientshavebuiltonthedonationfromMicrosoftandnowboastarangeofeffectivetechnologysolutions。