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Gifts In Kind International and IBM Launch Nationwide Program to Help Nonprofit Organizations Obtain New Technology


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Alex & ria, Virginia - 23 Oct 2001: U.S. corporations have donated an estimated $1.5 billion dollars worth of technology to nonprofit agencies in the past six years through Gifts In Kind International, the world's leading charity in product philanthropy. However, technology tools are still ranked number one in the greatest need category, according to Gifts In Kind International's annual Technology Tracking Study.

To address this need, Gifts In Kind International and IBM have teamed up to offer nonprofits a broad range of IBM products and services at a significant discount direct from IBM. This program will be made available to more than 50,000 charities registered with Gifts In Kind International.

A comprehensive range of 14,000 new IBM and non-IBM products are available, including IBM ThinkPad* notebooks, NetVista* desktop personal computers, IBM IntelliStation* workstations, servers, and more. Gifts In Kind International members can purchase IBM hardware, software and services
through an online catalog at the website http://www.ibm.com/smallbusiness/GiftsInKind or by calling IBM at 1-800-426-7235, extension 5718.

"Our nation's charities strive to address the diverse issues facing those most in need in communities nationwide. The ability to share and process information and respond in a timely manner hinges on having up-to-date computer hardware, software and other office products. Technology is as critical for charities as it is for businesses," says Susan Corrigan, President and CEO of Gifts In Kind International. "The partnership program with IBM makes state-of-the-art technology an affordable reality for tens of thousands of charities."

"IBM is providing Gifts In Kind International affiliates with world-class technology and solutions in an affordable, simple and direct way," said Jay Nalli, vice president, small business, Americas, IBM."With this program, nonprofits can have access to the tools they need to serve their communities more efficiently and run their organizations more effectively - a winning combination for all."

Gifts In Kind International (www.giftsinkind.org), the world's leading charity in product philanthropy, serves as the vital link between corporate donors and recipient charities. Gifts in Kind International, the 13th largest charity in the United States, and its 350-plus affiliates worldwide provide charities access to more than $600 million annually in product and service donations, helping them improve lives in communities around the world.

Donating manufacturers and retailers, including 40 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, rely on Gifts In Kind International's free services to design and manage the donation process. Every year, Gifts in Kind International distributes products such as computers, software, office equipment and supplies, clothing, personal care products, building materials, and educational and recreational supplies to a network of more than 50,000 charities worldwide. Gifts In Kind International operates at less than 1 percent of the fair market value of products donated, making it one of the most cost-efficient charities in the world.

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