MANATEE -- Goodwill Manasota is among a select group of Goodwill agencies to receive a prestigious grant from Microsoft.
Goodwill Industries International and 21 Goodwill agencies across the United States are expanding job and skills training with innovative technology, thanks to the $5.4 million software grant from Microsoft. The grant program, GoodTech, is Microsoft's third investment in the Goodwill enterprise's technology infrastructure.
The grant is part of Microsoft's goal to help people improve social and economic opportunities through community technology training centers and Microsoft telecenters. The donated software includes Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office products and internal office systems based on the needs of the individual Goodwill agencies.
Goodwill Manasota is the only Florida Goodwill agency to receive the grant this year. Since 2009, Microsoft has provided 69 local Goodwill agencies with software grant donations, totaling $15,951,552. More than a million people have benefitted from the Microsoft award through those investments.