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Box rolls out a corporate philanthropy division

Gives a little bit of the cloud to charity
Thu May 29 2014, 12:53
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CLOUD STORAGE VENDOR Box has launched a corporate responsibility programme under the banner will offer its services at greatly reduced rates to not-for-profit organisations in an attempt to improve collaboration in the 87 percent of nonprofit organisations that don't have dedicated IT departments.

The new division will be headed by Bryan Breckenridge, whose previous experience in corporate philanthropy includes the lofty title of "Linkedin Nonprofit Success Enabler".

He heads up a team of advisors from organisations including the Clinton Global Initative, Salesforce Foundation and Milken Institute to "lend their experience and insights in delivering social impact".

Qualifying organisations can apply for ten licences gratis, as well as 50 percent off list prices for further licences. This formalises a process that has seen 1,000 not-for-profit organisations already gifted space by the company.

Speaking on the company blog, Box's Karen Appleton said, "Whether it's collaborating around a fundraising kit, sharing information with volunteers in the field, or securely managing sensitive data about beneficiaries, we want to help nonprofits do good - better."

A full list of country by country criteria is available on the company's website along with an application form.

Box recently came in for criticism after it was discovered that its links, along with those from Dropbox, were exposing personal data.

The company has been keeping an enterprise bent as it prepares for a possible IPO during 2014. In March, the company rolled out an HTML5 based document viewer, based on Crocodocs, which it bought last year. The API is capable of turning documents into HTML5 webpages. µ


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