"In the past, our investment in technology infrastructure has been set at minimal levels to keep our humanitarian programs running, which means that we have lagged behind the rest of world," said Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner. "This grant will enable us to update our technology platforms significantly, which in its most basic terms will increase our ability to do what we do best and help more people."
Australian Red Cross has recognised the grant by making Microsoft a National Humanity Partner, the highest level of corporate partnership.
"In providing this grant, we asked ourselves one key question: 'Imagine what Red Cross could achieve if it had the best technology available?' We set our sights not just on helping to modernise Red Cross's IT systems but rather thinking about how we could enable this great institution to significantly enhance the services they provide to vulnerable Australians," said Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia.
"I also hope our partnership sends a strong message to the rest of the Australian community sector that they can get involved, too. Microsoft has a community sector program that, in the last three years alone, has provided more than $100 million in software donations."
Microsoft will also provide opportunities for its staff to volunteer with or raise funds for Red Cross.