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IBM Helps Non-Profits Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency

Launches Trailblazer Grant Portfolio – Software, and Consulting Services Grants to Local Non-profit Organizations

ARMONK, N.Y. - 08 Jun 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the addition of a new portfolio of software, services and consulting grants to respond directly to the needs of local non-profit organizations to improve their effectiveness.

These new IBM Trailblazer Grants open up IBM’s innovation technology and the deep expertise of its employees and make them available to the local non-profit sector.  Through consulting and technology tools in areas such as social networking, project management, strategic planning, leadership and collaboration, IBM's Trailblazer Grants will help local non-profit groups to reach farther into their communities, connect with populations in need, and more efficiently and effectively manage their organizations.  

These new localized software, services and consulting grants leverage IBM’s expertise in the communities it engages, and mirror the type of assistance it provides to its clients.  In a pilot phase, these grants have been distributed to 30 non-profit organizations and schools in the United States with 150 more groups around the world set to receive grants in 2010.  These new grants enable local, non-profit organizations to receive for free some of the same services and tools that for-profit businesses routinely are able to obtain, allowing them to operate more efficiently in the current economic environment and position for future community stability and growth. 

“In a tough economy, non-profit organizations have the dual challenge of shrinking budgets and increasing requests for help from people in need, particularly in the case of local groups that are part of the social safety net,” said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs.  “IBM has a long history of commitment and engagement with communities as a local, good corporate citizen.  These grants respond to the very real challenge of helping community agencies improve their productivity and effectiveness.” 

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Greater Philadelphia Smarter Cities Forum: Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia addresses the role private and public partnerships will play in the future of Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 8, at the National Constitution Center. The IBM sponsored forum brought together local business leaders, academics and experts to discuss the role innovation will play in the future of cities and the skills required for the jobs of the 21st century.

These IBM Trailblazer Grants help recipient non-profit organizations to build up their IT infrastructure and their leadership, management and technology skills. The solutions were developed with non-profit partners, and designed to help them enhance their ability to meet the needs of their communities.  By leveraging IBM’s strength in these areas, the new grants align closely with the needs of small-to-mid-sized non-profit and educational organizations.  Some of the early recipients of these grants have offered perspective on the relevance and impact these offerings can have: 

 The IBM Trailblazer Grant offerings include a range of services, software and technology including project management, social media, leadership and collaboration and strategic assessment. As well as data back up, resiliency and hacker vulnerability services, along with donation of key software tools such as LotusLive and Lotus Foundations.

For more information on IBM Trailblazer Grants, go to: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ibmgives.

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Ari Fishkind
IBM Media Relations
914-499-6420
fishkind@us.ibm.com

Cary Barbour
IBM Media Relations
646-246-4599
barbour@us.ibm.com

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