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Microsoft donates software to Goodwill

Microsoft is donating $5.4 million worth of software to Goodwill Industries International, of Rockville, and 21 Goodwill agencies across the United States. The grant program, GoodTech, is Microsoft’s third investment in Goodwill’s technology infrastructure. The donated software includes Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office products and internal office systems. In addition to administrative uses, the donated software will update career center computers to assist in job search and training. Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, said in a statement: “The donation of technology will directly impact our ability to increase internal capacities while also better serving people in our communities who are ready to re-enter the workforce.” Since 2009, Microsoft has provided 69 local Goodwill agencies with software grant donations, totaling nearly $16 million. Goodwill agencies assist people with challenges to finding employment, including those with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience and returning veterans.