Software Grant AwardedDated: 05/16/2017
Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) announced that Microsoft Philanthropies has donated over $400,000 worth of Microsoft software and services to support technology upgrades that will enhance staff efficiency to build organizational capacity.
Microsoft Philanthropies provides grants that contribute in new and impactful ways to create a societal ecosystem connecting the benefits of technology to those who need it most. For more than 30 years, Microsoft has invested in programs supporting nonprofits like DDRC to help further their mission through grants, employee volunteers and software donations.
With almost 600 employees, DDRC creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the community. Almost 4,000 people with developmental disabilities look to DDRC for services and resource coordination throughout Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Summit counties.
Keith Frambro, DDRC’s director of information technology, applied for the grant to help increase employees’ capacity to access data stored in databases quickly and accurately thereby enhancing service delivery models while ensuring confidentiality and security.
"DDRC is honored to be the recipient of this generous grant from Microsoft Philanthropies," said Keith Frambro, director of IT. "Microsoft’s donation will update our technology infrastructure allowing for quick and easy remote data access for our staff who provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities in both their homes and the community. We are very excited to get started."
The proposed upgrades will provide improved access across the DDRC network and databases to support the organization’s mobile workforce who currently work with paper documents or with limited access electronic documents housed on a network. Upgrades to DDRC’s servers, SQL system and core software will make significant resources available that can be invested in direct care and other valuable activities such as staff development and cultivating relationships with community partners. Implementation of the new software update and server upgrades will begin immediately.
Beverly Winters, DDRC’s executive director, stated, "In this critical time of lean resources, Microsoft has come through in a big way to help DDRC maintain quality programs and resources for the people we care so much about, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
About Microsoft Philanthropies
In December 2015 Microsoft formed Microsoft Philanthropies (@MSPhilanthropic), a new organization within the company focused on driving digital inclusion and empowerment around the world.
Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.