Microsoft Philanthropies has announced a $1.8 million gift to Team Rubicon for an initiative that leverages technology and the skills of military veterans to build community resilience and help homeowners after natural disasters.
The gift, which includes in-kind contributions of technology, services, and training, will enable the veteran-run, volunteer-based disaster relief organization to integrate its core functions — including volunteer management, data analysis, and mobile communication — on Microsoft platforms such as Office 365, Dynamics 365, Azure, Skype for Business, Intune, and Operations Management Suite. The partnership extends an existing relationship between Team Rubicon and Microsoft, which will continue to support the organization through employee giving programs and disaster-specific grants.
"We were just playing software whack-a-mole where one thing would pop up and we'd solve it, but we wound up with these disparate software platforms," said Team Rubicon president and CEO Jake Wood. "Then we had some breathing room, and Microsoft really challenged us to think about what it would take to convert to an enterprise solution that would rival a Fortune 500 company, which organizations our size typically don't have the ability to think that big and that boldly about."
"There are many amazing organizations doing disaster response work, but what's unique about Team Rubicon is that they are mobilizing an incredibly important and powerful resource in our country — our veterans — to address humanitarian issues," said Justin Spelhaug, general manager for Microsoft Philanthropies' Tech for Social Impact Group. "We want to help them take their services to the next level through this joint investment, and a big bet on Microsoft technology, and help them transform to the next stage of their evolution."
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