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Changing Lives, One Laptop at a Time – SAP Hardware Donation Program

“The laptops came today. It’s like Christmas. We’re so excited. Thanks for the opportunity!” A very enthusiastic Jerrie Paschal from Right in the Community shared the sense of excitement felt throughout their organization, as a result of their participation in SAP’s hardware donation program, which SAP CSR is proud to announce will run again in 2013, giving SAP the continued opportunity to help spread the gift of technology.

SAP’s CSR mission is to help the world run better by improving people’s lives and one of the ways that we are empowered to do that is by leveraging our best assets, one of which is access to the most modern and innovative technologies.

Run  by SAP’s North America CSR team, the hardware donation program provides laptops to  qualified non-Government organizations in the US and Canada that would not necessarily have as much access to the kind of updated technology that we have available to us here at SAP.

In one special case, an SAP “extreme volunteer” was actually able to personally deliver laptop computers to some young students in Cambodia who are involved with The RiverKids Project, which serves to help children from this part of the world who might be in danger of child abuse and trafficking: “I have just returned from Cambodia, where I hand delivered the laptop computers donated by SAP to RiverKids. The laptop computers will enable RiverKids to reopen a (computer) lab and provide basic computer skills to their community children. Thank you for your help in making this happen,” said SAP’s David Payne, VP, Technology.

Generally our laptops are available on a rolling basis per quarter and entirely based on inventory of our laptop hub centers in Newtown Square, Palo Alto, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. We typically award between 400 to 500 per year and prioritize our grant partners.  For a full list of Program guidelines and to submit your request, click HERE.

SAP is constantly looking for ways to help foster positive social change and level the competitive playing field through innovation, but sometimes it is the simplest acts that go the farthest.

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