We are a capacity-building organisation which provides technology resources to nonprofits, as well as to youth and educators.
We believe technology can contribute to fostering a more open and democratic society, therefore we work to make technology accessible, understandable and familiar to changemakers in our society.
An independent nonprofit organization founded in 2010, Asociatia Techsoup helps nonprofits, youth and educators with technology resources and inspiration to make Romania a more open and democratic society.
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The latest news from Asociatia Techsoup's programs and events
(news available in Romanian only).
Our reach so far
Discover the scale and the impact of our programs.
our contribution to the capacity of the Romanian nonprofit sector - the fair market value of the software products received by our NGO community up to now
+2,300 Romanian NGOs
registered and validated with TechSoup Romania Program
+1,600 NGO employees trained
NGOs employees and volunteers trained in digital skills
9 technology partners
+170 software products
offering resources for eligible NGOs: Adobe, Autodesk, Bitdefender, CISCO, Google, Microsoft, Symantec, Tableau, Veritas
2 complete cloud plans for NGOs
available for eligible NGOs: Google for Nonprofits, and Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit and Microsoft Cloud Services
Bitdefender as a global donor
since 2013, Bitdefender is the first Romanian IT company that donates globally, in all 236 countries of the globe, with support from TechSoup.
+6,500 K12 students
high-school students in our CS and STEM programs and events
+20 CS teachers
inspiring computer science teachers that are becoming coaches for other CS teachers.
Our work and impact has been rewarded nationally.
Best CSR Program,
People for People Gala
in 2015 for Opening Opportunities
Project of the Year in Corporate Volunteering, National Volunteer Gala
in 2015 for Opening Opportunities
2nd Prize in Social Responsibility,
Civil Society Gala
in 2014 for Opening Opportunities
Special Prize for Education,
CSR Awards Gala
in 2015 for Financial Education for NGOs
3rd Prize in Social Responsibility,
Civil Society Gala
in 2014 for Financial Education for NGOs
Our current programs for NGOs
We build technology-driven capacity-building programs for Romanian NGOs, empowering a community of +2,300 NGOs to tackle civic and social problems supported by technology. Click on each logo to visit the program website.
+500 NGO employees and volunteers trained annually in the first digital school for NGOs, were they are taught by the best online experts in Romania.
program started in 2015
The first edition of the program, 2015-2016, was funded by EEA Grants and the NGO Fund in Romania. The program is currently funded by the TechSoup Romania Program.
Our educational programs
We build technology-driven capacity-building programs for youth and educators, helping them create educational experiences with meaning in the public system. We support applied informatics at all level of school. Click on each logo to visit the program website.
The mentor-drive computer science program for high-school students. The most awarded CSR program in STEM education in Romania in 2015. Opening Opportunities is empowering youth to reach their potential in understanding, creating and using technology as a powerful enabler for tomorrow's professionals and citizens.
program started in 2013
Opening Opportunities is funded and powered by Microsoft YouthSpark and implemented with the support of Microsoft CSS in Romania.
The first accelerator in teaching computer science in Romania and a multi-annual program made up of remarkable CS educators who are willing to transform public school CS teaching so as to make it more open to project-based learning and teamwork.
program started in 2016
Predau Viitor is created with the support and funding of Romanian American Foundation.
Hear it from the people we work with
Learn more about our work in education from the K-12 students and educators we work with.
Opening Opportunities 2016-2017
What is the impact of the program in the life of the K-12 students we work with?
Estimative for fiscal year 01 January-31 December 2016.
This include grants, donations, sponsorships and revenues according to the Romanian legislation, from Romanian and international donors.
our social ROI for NGOs:
each 1 USD spent creates a 9.56 USD investment added in the Romanian nonprofit sector
In 2016 alone, the fair market value of the software that have reached Romanian NGOs with our support has been more than 1,200,000 USD.
TechSoup and the TechSoup Global Network
Asociatia Techsoup is a proud member of TechSoup Global Network since 2010.
TechSoup Global Network partners manage a range of technology capacity-building programs to serve communities in nearly every region of the world. Each network partner tailors its program to the needs of its community and shares insights with other network partners to better serve communities worldwide.
Together we've reached more than 690,000 organizations and delivered more than US$5 billion in technology tools and philanthropic services around the globe.
Asociatia Techsoup is also member of TechSoup Europe, the European network of partners that build capacity for European NGOs.
Partners and friends
We work with amazing partners and supporters.
TechSoup Program partners
Google.org and Tides Foundation
Microsoft Philanthropies YouthSpark
Romanian American Foundation
Supporters and friends
ANIS - Employer's Association of the Software and Services Industry
Ateliere fara Frontiere
Bucharest Metropolitan Library
Impact Hub Bucharest
Romanian Game Developers Association
TreeWorks - Zelist Monitor
Our team has a cumulative experience of 55 years in nonprofit programs and management.
Executive Vice President
Radu Moțoc knows by heart the Romanian nonprofit sector, having 15 years of experience in executive and leadership capacities in one of the most importants NGOs in Romania: Open Society Foundation, ActiveWatch, ProDemocratia. Radu also sits on the board of the Center for Legal Resources, a Bucharest-based nonprofit organization that advocates respect for human rights and strengthening rule of law. He is an alumnus of German Marshall Fund's Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program.
Besides looking for innovative approaches to management and leadership, Radu's main interests are in political communication and international affairs. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bucharest and has completed MA studies in International Relations with the Institute for Political Research of the University of Bucharest.
Elena has been working in a senior capacity in the nonprofit sector for more than 14 years now, either as program manager, program designer or communicator. She has designed, lead and managed a diverse range of programs and teams, from special editorial projects in investigative journalism or youth journalism, to technology and learning programs for nonprofits, or helping young people use computer science to advance their potential as a good citizen and professional, as well as supporting educators in reforming STEM education in Romania.
Elena holds a B.A. in Political Science from the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences and a MA in Ethics from the Philosophy Faculty, University of Bucharest.
Donation Program Manager
Gabriela joined Asociatia Techsoup in 2016 after 12 years of working in the private sector. While volunteering for a neighbourhood initiative group in Bucharest, she discovered the amazing world of NGOs and their impact.
She holds a BA in Political Sciences from University of Bucharest and she has completed a MA in Political Theory from Univesità degli Studi di Cagliari as an Erasmus Student and Institute of Political Research of the University of Bucharest. Gabriela is managing the TechSoup Donation Program and a community of over 2,300 Romanian NGOs.
Program manager and storyteller-in-chief
Ioana tied her entire professional life around NGOs, design and well-told narratives. After acquiring a B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising from the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Science at the University of Bucharest, her natural curiosity, energy and desire to find meaning led her to join an international democracy organization. That was just the beginning of her love affair with jobs-with-an-impact (and, incidentally, coffee) and, for more than 12 years, she had an active role in the non-profit sector, as founder and member of the team at CeRe: Resource Center for public participation and communication consultant for different national and international organizations.
She believes in applying design thinking to tackling social issues and is a quiet lover of technology. This combination made her fell in love with Asociatia Techsoup, eventually join the team in 2017 and happily take on the challenge to manage Opening Opportunities program.
Digital Education Coordinator
Ana’s background as volunteer and contributing to education and youth NGOs goes back to 2008. She has an BSc in Automatic Control and Applied Informatics from the University Politechnica of Bucharest and a MSc in Business Management from the Academy of Economic Studies.
Connecting people and resources, Ana believes technology is key to kindle development through collaboration. When she’s not busy spreading the word about MOOC's and digital competences, she fosters her passions for outdoor sports, traveling and bats.
Ana is managing the NGO training program - the Digital School for NGOs, a blended learning program that reaches more than 500 NGO employees and volunteers annually.
Irina has 12 years of designing and managing nonprofit programs, as well as being an active social activist for transparency and accountability in public administration. She is also teaching at the Sociology Faculty, University of Bucharest, where she is taking her PhD in social housing. Irina has graduated from the Philosophy Faculty, University of Bucharest.
Starting 2017, Irina is managing a training program for primary school teachers, helping them tackle the challenges of digitalization and the ubiquity of mobile phones in the classroom.
Executive Vice President
Radu Moțoc knows by heart the Romanian nonprofit sector, having almost 15 years of experience in executive and leadership capacities in one of the most importants NGOs in Romania: Open Society Foundation, ActiveWatch, ProDemocratia. Radu also sits on the board of the Center for Legal Resources, a Bucharest-based nonprofit organization that advocates respect for human rights and strengthening rule of law. He is an alumnus of German Marshall Fund's Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program. Besides looking for innovative approaches to management and leadership, Radu's main interests are in political communication and international affairs. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bucharest and has completed MA studies in International Relations with the Institute for Political Research of the University of Bucharest.
Founder and Board Member
After several years in American nonprofit development, Chris moved in Romania as a Peace Corps volunteer. For couple of years, he had been involved in Central & Eastern European philanthropy and tech for social change - starting Romania's first community foundation, leading trainings and workshops for NGOs, consulting extensively with and for philanthropists, building social enterprises and dabbling in ICT for civil society through building TechSoup Romania. He now lives and works for the TechSoup Global Network, in San Francisco.
Mădălina Mocan is coordinating, on behalf of Rațiu Center for Democracy, the COMBAT project (Combat Measures against Human Trafficking in Tourist Industry). Among her most recent contributions to the not-for-profit sector, Mădălina has introduced a model of harnessing the new technologies focused on promoting transparency and accountability of the political representatives. She is currently a PhD candidate in Political Sciences at Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca) with a research proposal regarding the role of national and international donors and grant givers in Romania’s civil society public agenda setting. She is an alumna of the Aspen Institute Romania Young Leaders program (2009), and a German Marshall Transatlantic Fellow (2014).
Andrei has an extensive experience in telecom, IT and travel. He had worked for companies as diverse as the worldwide market leader for IPTV software, Romanian startup consumer telecoms, public-private partnership dealing with telecom infrastructure in metropolitan areas. He is currently the GM for Recognos Romania, one of the most experienced software development companies in the country, based in Cluj-Napoca. He has graduated from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business with a Bachelors of Science Degree. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute Romania Young Leaders Program and the Founding Curator for the Global Shapers Hub in Cluj (a World Economic Forum initiative).
Andrei is an entrepreneur, working to promote both his family's business interest and ventures with strong social ambitions. After 9 years spent studying and working abroad, he returned to Romania in 2007 to join the family business. Since then, he initiated the Good.Bee project and a private equity fund. Good.Bee is a service focused on "banking the unbanked". It provides financial products as well as the technology and literacy needed to access them. He holds BA and MA degrees in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Our extended team
We have been privileged to be working with work partners that understand and support our programs.
Photo and video
Cosmin Sbarcea, photographer
Ligia Popescu, editor
Eduard Parvu, image
FIX Contab, accounting and financial auditing
Andrei Flutur, volunteering sysadmin