Microsoft Philanthropies will donate $1 billion of Microsoft Cloud Services to serve nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.
Explaining a new three-part initiative, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation.”
“Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally,” he added.
Microsoft’s commitment is part of an agenda unanimously adopted by 193 heads of state and other world leaders in September last year.
These plans, set to achieve by 2030, include ending poverty, ending hunger, and ensuring affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all.
“We’re committed to helping nonprofit groups and universities use cloud computing to address fundamental human challenges,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “One of our ambitions for Microsoft Philanthropies is to partner with these groups and ensure that cloud computing reaches more people and serves the broadest array of societal needs.”
Microsoft Philanthropies was formed in December last year as an organisation within the mother company, to drive digital inclusion and empowerment around the world.