LOS ALTOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Box today launched Box.org, a new initiative focused on empowering global nonprofits and development organizations to achieve their missions and deliver lasting social impact through better use of technology. To make the Box platform more accessible to nonprofits and their networks, the Box.org initiative will include free licenses and special plans for eligible organizations. Box also introduced Bryan Breckenridge as Executive Director of Box.org, and announced an advisory board to help shape future Box.org efforts, tapping the expertise of industry leaders, such as Clinton Global Initiative, Salesforce Foundation, and the World Bank Group.
“There is enormous potential for innovation in the nonprofit sector, but 87 percent of these organizations today are without a dedicated IT department, and most are strapped for resources,” said Karen Appleton, Senior Vice President of Global Alliances at Box and Head of Box.org. “We believe that organizations committed to doing good and serving others should have access to innovative technologies that will help them be more connected, productive, and effective in achieving their goals.”
Box has seen significant demand for better ways to share and collaborate in the nonprofit world. New customers include the World Bank Group, the United Nations Foundation, charity:water, International Rescue Committee, Teach For America, The Conservation Fund and NetHope. These organizations join more than one thousand innovative nonprofits -- such as Kiva, Grameen Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society -- using Box to collaborate internally and externally, manage and share mission-critical information, communicate with donors, and access documents from anywhere in the world on any device.
“Now, more than ever before, everyone is sharing information at a rapid-fire pace,” said Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation. “The UN Foundation understands how important it is that our technology solutions are reliable and can keep up with our changing needs. That is why the Foundation is a proud user of Box -- it ensures we can share information with partners around the world quickly and securely.”
Bringing Free Box Licenses to Nonprofits
The vast majority of nonprofits worldwide operate with small staffs and limited budgets; in fact, 1.8 million registered nonprofits today have an average of six employees or less1. To help small teams achieve massive goals, Box is gifting ten free seats to all eligible organizations. Special plans for nonprofits are as follows:
- Ten donated Box licenses are offered as part of a special Starter package;
- Nonprofits requiring more than the ten free seats will receive a 50 percent discount off of official Box list prices.
To be eligible for Box.org pricing, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or equivalent designation.
Shaping Future Efforts with the Box.org Advisory Board
Box hired corporate philanthropy veteran Bryan Breckenridge to serve as Executive Director of Box.org. With a wide breadth of experience in the nonprofit and education sector, most recently with LinkedIn for Good and the Salesforce Foundation, Bryan has helped nonprofits see the value of technology to achieve their missions.
In addition, Box has brought together an advisory team of industry leaders and seasoned executives from charitable organizations to lend their experience and insights in delivering social impact:
- Julian Jaeger, Director of Partnerships, Clinton Global Initiative
- David Goodman, CIO, International Rescue Committee
- Dalila Wilson-Scott, Head of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
- Jillian Manus, President, Manus Media Agency
- Mindy Silverstein, Managing Director, Milken Institute
- Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope
- Suzanne DiBianca, President, Salesforce Foundation
- Daniel Lurie, CEO, Tipping Point Community
- Stephanie von Friedeburg, CIO, World Bank Group
- Ronnie Lott, Former NFL Hall of Famer and Founder, All Stars Helping Kids
To see if your nonprofit is eligible today, visit www.box.org.
Join us at BoxWorks 2014 to hear from our nonprofit customers and advisors about how they leveraged Box for collaboration and increased productivity. www.boxworks2014.com.
Box’s mission is to make businesses of all sizes more productive, competitive, and collaborative by connecting people and their most important information. Content on Box can be securely shared and easily accessed on the web, through iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications, and extended to partner applications, such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is privately held and backed by several leading venture capital firms and strategic investors. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.
1 Based 2013 IRS data on 10.7M employed at 1.8M registered 501(c)(3) in the U.S.