• 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, educators and youth with technology resources and inspiration to make Romania a more open and democratic society.

     

  • Our mission

    • We serve the vibrant Romanian NGO sector and strive to offer as many technology-based tools as possible to boost the incredible civic work they do in Romania.
    • We are committed to promote the dynamic local IT environment and believe that the Romanian NGO sector and IT industry can together foster a society that is more open and democratic.
    • We aim to create meaningful interactions with technology for youth and educators and promote IT knowledge as a powerful enabler for tomorrow's professionals and citizens.

  • Stay tuned with our work

    The latest news from Asociatia Techsoup's programs and events

    (news available in Romanian only).

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  • Our impact so far

    Discover the reach and the impact of our programs.

    +4,300,000 USD

    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 through the TechSoup Romania Program

    +1,700 NGO employees trained

    NGOs employees and volunteers trained in digital skills

    10 global technology partners

    +150 software and cloud services

    offering resources for eligible NGOs: Adobe, Autodesk, Amazon, Bitdefender, CISCO, Google, Microsoft, Symantec, Tableau, Veritas

    4 cloud plans for NGOs

    available for eligible NGOs: Adobe Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google for Nonprofits, 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 and territories of the globe, with support from TechSoup and the TechSoup Global Network.

    +7,500 K12 students

    high-school students in our CS and STEM programs and events

    +20 CS teachers

    computer science teachers accelerated and connected to the Romanian IT industry.

  • Awards

    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.

    +2,300 nonprofit organizations can benefit from professional software and cloud services from global tech partners and upgrade their work.

    program started in 2009

    TechSoup Romania Program is a joint partnership between TechSoup and Asociatia Techsoup in Romania.

    We also support NGOs in Republic of Moldova with technology tools that help their work.

    program started in 2015

    TechSoup Moldova Program is a joint partnership between TechSoup and Asociatia Techsoup in Romania.

    +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.

  • Learn more about the

    TechSoup Romania Program

     

    TechSoup Romania is a technology-driven capacity building program for NGOs. We believe that a vibrant NGO sector needs to be equipped with transformative technology to fulfil its mission to its full potential.

     

    Discover 4 cloud services, more than 150 professional software programs and trainings in digital skills available for eligible Romanian NGOs.

  • 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-driven computer science program for high-school students. The most awarded CSR program in STEM education in Romania. 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.

    program started in 2016

    Predau Viitor is created with the support and funding of Romanian American Foundation. In 2017, Predau Viitor is co-funded by the Google CS4HS program.

    A long-term training and coaching program for primary school teachers in rural and small urban areas of Romania to support them to add a layer of technology to inquiry based learning.

    program started in 2017

    Indreptar Digital is a program supported by the Google Foundation of Tides 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?

    Predau Viitor 2016-2017

    How was the Accelerator for the CS teachers in the program in 2016-2017?

  • Donors and funders

    Current donors and funders in 2017.

    Funded by the Google.org by Tides Foundation.

    A Google CS4HS grant international competition winner.

    A Microsoft Philanthropies YouthSpark grant.

  • Membership

    Asociatia Techsoup is a member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition of the European Commission.

  • Former donors

    Throughout the years our work has been supported by many donors and funders.

  • Budget

    Fiscal year 01 January-31 December 2016.

    230,000 USD

    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, the fair market value of the software that have reached Romanian NGOs with our support has been estimated at 560.000 USD.

    The value of the cloud services donated to NGOS in the program is estimated around 500.000 USD annually.

     

  • TechSoup and the TechSoup Global Network

    Asociatia Techsoup is a proud member of the 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 800,000 organizations and delivered 8.7 billion USD in technology tools and philanthropic services around the globe.

    Asociatia Techsoup is also member of TechSoup Europe, the amazing European network of partners that build capacity for European NGOs.

     

  • Partners and friends

    We work with amazing partners and supporters.

    TechSoup Program partners

    Adobe

    Amazon

    Autodesk

    Bitdefender

    CISCO

    Google

    Microsoft

    Symantec

    Tableau

    Veritas

    Programs partners

    Bitdefender

    Google.org and Tides Foundation

    Google CS4HS

    Microsoft Philanthropies YouthSpark

    Romanian American Foundation

    TechSoup

    TechSoup Europe

    Supporters and friends

    123ContactForm

    ANIS - Employer's Association of the Software and Services Industry

    Ateliere fara Frontiere

    Bucharest Metropolitan Library

    Canopy

    Ctrl-D

    Dreamstime

    GameDev Academy

    Good Afternoon

    Impact Hub Bucharest

    Romanian Game Developers Association

    Simplon Romania

    SmartBill

    TechHub Bucharest

    TechLounge

    TreeWorks - Zelist Monitor

  • Executive team

    Our team has a cumulative experience of 55 years in nonprofit programs and management.

    Radu Motoc

    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 Coman

    Programs Director

    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.

    Gabriela Anghel

    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.

    Ioana Popa

    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.

    Ana Stamatescu

    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 Zamfirescu

    Program Manager

    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.

  • Board

    Chris Worman

    Founder and President of the Board

    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.

    Radu Motoc

    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.

    Madalina Mocan

    Board Member

    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 Roth

    Board Member

    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 Pogonaru

    Board Member

    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 work and mission.

    Branding and design

    Bogdan Moga, freelance designer

    www.bogdanmoga.com

     

    Simon Dietrich, creative studio

    www.simon-dietrich.com

    Photo and video

    Cosmin Sbarcea, photographer

     

    Ligia Popescu, editor

    Eduard Parvu, image

    Production

    AKME, production studio

    www.akme.ro

    Accounting

    FIX Contab, accounting and financial auditing

    Ninja sysadmin

    Andrei Flutur, volunteering sysadmin

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