Welcome to TechSoup Europe. Did you know that our network of 24 partner organisations serves a community of over 400 000 civil society organisations in the region equipping them with transformative technology products, knowledge, and services so they may benefit from technology and make social change?
We help changemakers doing social good use technology more effectively.
TechSoup Europe is a part of the TechSoup Global Network. Together with 24 partner organisations representing many different areas: capacity building, civic engagement, social innovation, or digital inclusion, we help nonprofits including grass-roots, small, local organisations in 48 European countries build their capacity. We equip changemakers with transformative technology products, knowledge, and services so they may benefit from technology and focus on their mission.
Through collaboration and partnership, we strive to make technology social.
We also connect unlikely collaborators, such as social activists, hackers, designers, government, local authorities and business partners. Together we try to generate innovative solutions to social challenges.
Power of the Network
Our network creates a space for an exchange of ideas and best practices, as well as new cross-border collaborations. We develop our capacities, we learn from each other, we make joint projects to better serve civil society.
In last 30 years TechSoup has connected 993 000 nonprofits and delivered more than US$10 billion in technology tools and philanthropic services from over 90 corporate and foundation partners all over the world.
It all started in a small basement filled with boxes of software in the San Francisco Bay Area.
TechSoup’s founder, Daniel Ben-Horin, was a “recovering journalist” with a strong social change approach. Motivated by the cultural and political movements of the 1960s, he decided to implement the concept that information and ideas “wanted to be free”. He asked the members of one of the world’s first online communities, the WELL, to mentor local nonprofits.
Not long afterwards, Daniel’s old journalism buddies, now working in computer media, found themselves flooded with extra copies of new software eager to be reviewed.
Daniel suggested the journalists donate the extra copies to CompuMentor (which is what TechSoup was called at the time). Daniel proceeded to hire ‘”a guy with a truck” – Bruce Ackley (who remains with TechSoup as a key manager; the truck is gone) to pick up the extra copies so TechSoup could give them to nonprofits with the mentors on call to install, train and guide.