Launch of free software download program targeting local non-profit organizations that are affected by East Japan Great Earthquake

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TechSoup Japan
Nonprofit Japan NPO Center
Kazuho Tsuchiya

TechSoup Global
Rachel Weidinger

Launch of free software download program targeting local non-profit organizations that are affected by East Japan Great Earthquake

Tokyo/ San Francisco May 2, 2011 – Japan NPO Center (Yoshinori Yamaoka, Chairperson) in partnership with Microsoft, Adobe Systems, and Symantec has started a free software download offer for local NPOs affected by the East Japan Great Earthquake. As disaster relief assistance, this special donation initiative is carried out by a NPO software donation program called TechSoup Japan, administered by Japan NPO Center. NPOs qualified eligible can receive software download free of charge within the software donor company’s donation limits. More information about the program is available here in Japanese:

Basic Application Eligibility

NPOs* registered in the disaster relief act designated areas in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Aomori, Ibaragi, Tochigi, Nagano, and Chiba, either affected by the disaster or engaging in relief/rehabilitation efforts in the affected community
*specified nonprofit corporation, social welfare corporation, or public benefit corporation

Application Procedure

An organization downloads an application sheet from the TechSoup Japan site and submits it with requisite information and requested software names/numbers with intended purpose. TechSoup Japan contacts the organization on its eligibility and further order procedure.

About TechSoup Japan

Japan NPO Center in collaboration with a US nonprofit organization TechSoup Global has run a software donation program for non-profit organizations (NPOs) since June, 2009. Software products provided from IT corporations as a part of their social contribution are donated to qualified NPOs for a small amount of fee. The program supports the IT development of Japanese NPOs and their activities that aim to solve societal problems.

Donation information: June 3, 2009-March 31, 2011

  • 836 organizations (specified nonprofit corporation, public benefit corporation, social welfare corporation) received donation
  • 11,554 licenses donated
  • retail price of donated product roughly equivalent to 504,032,801 yen

For more information about TechSoup Japan, please visit

About TechSoup Global

TechSoup Global, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1987 on the belief that technology is a powerful enabler for social change. Alongside its partners — including foundations and corporations, governments and NGOs, social entrepreneurs and volunteers — TechSoup Global is working towards the day when every nonprofit and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge it needs to operate at its full potential. Today, TechSoup Global has 180 employees, an annual operating budget of $23 million, and operates programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe through a network of independent, capacity-building NGOs. With support of leading technology companies, including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Symantec, TechSoup Global and its network have reached more than 100,000 organizations and distributed more than 5.8 million technology products in 32 countries. TechSoup Global also runs NetSquared, an ambitious global experiment that empowers individuals at the local level to build and share innovative technology solutions to social problems. For more information about TechSoup Global, please visit


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