IT makeover kicks off to help local nonprofits

KOLO 8 News Now | February 12, 2019

Microsoft Reno and IQ Technology Solutions are providing a combined contribution of $20,000 in funding and services to local nonprofit charitable organizations as part of the 11th annual IT Makeover campaign. The select nonprofit agencies will be able to use the IT Makeover campaign funding for Microsoft products and services, as well as technical consulting, implementation services and IT management supplied by IQ Technology Solutions. Nonprofit charitable organizations interested in applying for the campaign funding will need to submit an application that includes a description of their current information technology solutions and thoughts on how the campaign funds could be used to help them fulfill their missions. A committee made up of IQ Technology and Microsoft employees review the applications and identify which organizations will receive funding based upon need and the stated goals for how improved technology solutions will help the organization’s mission and provide benefits to the community.

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Different than Alex’s Lemonade Stand, this video by Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, tells the compelling story of James and Emily’s family experience with this organization. Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a place where seriously ill children and their families can escape their daily lives and enjoy what camp has to offer. In the video, you hear what the parents, sister, and camper herself have to say about their time at camp. This gives the viewer a full perspective of the organization’s impact through the joy of the beneficiaries. The video is sincere, engaging, and overall draws you into what the organization offers.

Spotlight

Different than Alex’s Lemonade Stand, this video by Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, tells the compelling story of James and Emily’s family experience with this organization. Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a place where seriously ill children and their families can escape their daily lives and enjoy what camp has to offer. In the video, you hear what the parents, sister, and camper herself have to say about their time at camp. This gives the viewer a full perspective of the organization’s impact through the joy of the beneficiaries. The video is sincere, engaging, and overall draws you into what the organization offers.

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