National Guard Youth Foundation receives $4.7 million gift
June 03, 2013
These days, many businesses and organizations cannot function without the help of computers, the Internet and other technologies. Not only do many of these entities have corporate websites and social media pages to entice customers, but they also tend to use various programs everyday to balance the payroll, keep track of manufacturing and countless other functions.
With this in mind, administrators at Microsoft recently gave a gift of software and other technological resources worth $4.7 million to the National Guard Youth Foundation as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. The group guides youths who have dropped out of school to continue their education and hone their career skills.
"Through the National Guard Youth Foundation, we are driving innovation in education by supporting a proven program that provides those who've dropped out of school with a pathway back to graduation – the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program," Microsoft Vice President for the U.S. Public Sector Curt Kolcun explained.
Kolcun noted that around 1 million American students drop out annually and the National Guard is trying to significantly decrease that figure with the program.
Administrators of the YouthSpark program have worked with various government entities, nonprofits and companies alike to close the gap between those with opportunities to succeed into adulthood and those without.
Organizations that are looking to raise funds through grant opportunities or local campaigns can use nonprofit financial management solutions to improve their chances of success. The software can help program leaders identify potential donors and send out applications with accurate accounting information.