GLAAD Receives $300,000 Strategic Software Grant from Microsoft

April 16, 2009
Richard Ferraro Director of Communications (646) 871-8011

April 16, 2009, New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today that it was the recipient of a Large Strategic Software grant from Microsoft to support the infrastructure of the organization. This grant, valued at more than $300,000, will allow GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, to bring enhanced services to its staff and constituents while promoting environmentally sustainable practices.

"We are pleased to provide this grant to GLAAD in hopes of helping the organization realize their full potential," said Stafford Mays, Chief of Staff for Corporate Diversity at Microsoft.  "This technology will empower GLAAD's work to promote diversity, equality and inclusion by offering world class information and worker solutions, allowing them to become more environmentally sustainable in the way they communicate and collaborate both internally and with external publics."

With Microsoft's support, GLAAD will change the way it deploys its information technology to use energy more efficiently. The server consolidation, virtualization, and environmentally friendly features of Windows Vista will enable GLAAD to increase its business capabilities with fewer servers and cut its annual greenhouse gas emissions by half, through reductions in its usage of electricity. 

"This generous grant from Microsoft will enable us to perform our culture changing work while helping us cut expenses and operate in a more environmentally friendly manner," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "Support from Microsoft and our other corporate partners is critical as we continue to change hearts and minds and work to raise the visibility of the LGBT community."

In addition to the cost-saving measures associated with energy efficiency, the grant enables GLAAD to increase productivity and the computing applications it currently uses. The grant includes access to Microsoft Exchange, Office Communications Server and SharePoint, which will provide GLAAD with more economical ways to collaborate, communicate and work with media outlets and constituents. 

By leveraging access to the multiple Microsoft platforms included in the grant, GLAAD is also able to significantly reduce expenses for the thousands of media trainings of LGBT advocates and meetings with media professionals it conducts each year by deploying user solutions that leverage the power of video conferencing, virtual meetings and unified communications.

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