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December 14 2011

Microsoft Supports Operation HOPE's Mission to Empower Underserved with $1 Million Software Donation

Global leader in financial dignity to upgrade and expand technology and services throughout organization

LOS ANGELES--Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today a $1,000,527.00 in-kind contribution from Microsoft to help support its “silver rights” mission to empower the underserved through financial literacy and dignity.

The donation, made up of over 2,100 units of software products ranging from office and business to design and content management programs, will help the financial dignity and empowerment nonprofit, upgrade computer services for its employees and clients.

“As our relationship with Microsoft deepens, so has the ability to better serve and empower under-resourced communities,” said HOPE Executive Vice President and Chief of Field Operations Lance Triggs. “We are pleased that Microsoft recognizes the important work that we do and look forward to using this gift to improve programs and services for clients at our HOPE Financial Dignity and Literacy Empowerment Centers (HOPE Center), as well as enhance corporate operations, client management and volunteer involvement.”

Since 2004, the partnership with Microsoft has been helping HOPE clients and members access the power of the internet, develop computer skills and build business ideas at Cyber Cafes located in most of the organization’s national network of HOPE Centers across the country. Over the years some 35,000 Cyber Cafes members have used Microsoft software to generate business documents, expand entrepreneurial plans, and perform a host of tasks that create self-reliance and economic independence.

“Microsoft is committed to helping individuals realize their full potential by providing them with inspiration, technology and skills that will empower them,” said Microsoft Vice President Fred Humphries. “We hope this software contribution will assist Operation HOPE in reaching its important goal of turning individuals into stakeholders and transforming underserved communities into empowered ones.”

Microsoft supports numerous projects and organizations around the world, working to expand opportunities, and help improve digital inclusion, through technology access. Founded 1975, its mission and values are to help people and business throughout the world to realize their full potential.

About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, nonprofit Operation HOPE has grown to become the global leader in financial dignity, providing financial literacy and empowerment services to underserved communities worldwide.  Through its four principle portfolios: Banking on Our Future, HOPE Coalition America, HOPE Financial Dignity Empowerment Centers, and HOPE Corps, the organization addresses youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, bridges the digital divide and promotes home ownership, assists with credit management and foreclosure prevention. With the support of more than 400 private sector companies, 5000 nonprofit organizations and schools and government partners, HOPE has reached over 1.5 million low-wealth individuals in 270 U.S. cities and South Africa. At the core of HOPE’s mission is a Silver Rights Movement, ensuring that free enterprise and capitalism work to provide a better future for underserved communities around the world. To learn more about HOPE, visit our blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. For email updates, subscribe to the weekly HOPE Report.