• We are a capacity-building organisation which provides technology resources to nonprofits, as well as to educators and youth.

     

    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

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  • Our impact so far

    Discover the reach and the impact of our programs.

    +6,500,000 USD

    our contribution to the capacity of the Romanian nonprofit sector - the fair market value of the software products received by our NGO community between 2010-2018

    +3,000 Romanian NGOs

    registered and validated through the TechSoup Romania Program

    +2,500 teachers

    primary school and computer science teachers discovering a learner-centered project-based education enabled by technology, computer science and digital skills

    +12,000 K12 students

    6 to 18 years old students in our educational programs and events

    +1,750 NGO employees trained

    NGOs employees and volunteers trained in digital skills

    13 global technology partners

    +100 software and cloud services

    facilitating tech resources for eligible NGOs from Adobe, Airbnb, Autodesk, Amazon, Bitdefender, Box.org, CISCO, Google, Microsoft, Symantec, Tableau, Veritas, Zoom

    5 cloud plans for NGOs

    available for eligible NGOs: Amazon Web Services, Google for Nonprofits, Office 365 Nonprofit, Microsoft Cloud Services, Microsoft Discount

    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.

  • Hear it from the people we work for

    Learn more about our work in education from the educators and students we work with.

    Predau Viitor

    How was the Accelerator for computer science teachers in the program in 2017-2018?

    Opening Opportunities

    What is the impact of the program in the life of the K-12 students we worked with in 2017-2018?

  • Awards

    Grateful to have our work rewarded internationally.

    2nd Prize in Social and Economical Development,

    Civil Society Gala 2018

    for Predau Viitor

    3rd Prize in Education, Teaching, Research,

    Civil Society Gala 2018

    for Indreptar Digital

    Project of the Year in Corporate Volunteering, National Volunteer Gala 2017

    for Opening Opportunities

    Digital Skills in Education Award,

    European Digital Skills Awards 2017

    created by the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition,

    EU Commission

    for Opening Oppportunities

    Best CSR Program,

    People for People Gala 2015

    for Opening Opportunities

    Project of the Year in Corporate Volunteering, National Volunteer Gala 2015

    for Opening Opportunities

    3rd Prize in Social Responsibility,

    Civil Society Gala 2015

    for Financial Education for NGOs

    Special Prize for Education,

    CSR Awards Gala 2015

    for Financial Education for NGOs

    2nd Prize in Social Responsibility,

    Civil Society Gala 2014

    for Opening Opportunities

  • Our programs for NGOs

    We build technology-enabled capacity building programs for Romanian NGOs, empowering a community of +3,000 NGOs to tackle civic and social problems. Click on each logo to visit the program's website.

    +3,000 nonprofit organizations can benefit from professional software and cloud services from global tech partners and upgrade their work.

    ongoing program since 2009

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

    supporting NGOs in the Republic of Moldova with technology tools for their work.

    ongoing program since 2015

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

    +400 NGO employees and volunteers trained in the first digital school exclusively created for NGOs, were they are taught by the best tech and online experts in Romania.

    ongoing program since 2015

    The first edition of the program, 2015-2016, was funded by EEA Grants and the NGO Fund in Romania.

    The program is self-funded by the TechSoup Romania Program with contributions from amazing trainers volunteers.

    micro-granting for NGOs to help them build technology and coding events during the Europe Code Week grassroots movement and encourage children and youth to develop the digital skills they need in today's world.

    ongoing program since 2017

    Meet and Code is a program initiated and financed by SAP in partenership wtih Stifter-helfen IT-Portal and TechSoup Europe partners.

    training, coaching and resources from international experts for Romanian NGOs and civic groups in order to promote their civic message outside the echo chambers.

    project implemented in 2018

    Tech4Stories was implemented in partnership with TechSoup Europe and supported by Charles Steward Mott Foundation.

  • Learn more about the

    TechSoup Romania Program

     

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

     

    Discover 5 cloud services, more than 100 professional software programs and free trainings in digital skills available for eligible Romanian NGOs.

  • Our educational programs

    We work with K-12 schools and develop research-based educational programs for educators and students, enabled by technology, digital skills and computer science. Click on each logo to visit the program website.

    The first accelerator in teaching computer science in Romania and a multi-annual program made up of remarkable educators who are willing to transform public school teaching.

    ongoing program since 2016

    Predau Viitor is created with the support and strategic funding of Romanian American Foundation.

    A long-term professional development program for primary school teachers in rural and small urban areas of Romania to support them to use digital skills and tools in building a better learning environment for their students.

    ongoing program since 2017

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

    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 between 2013-2018

    Opening Opportunities was funded and powered by Microsoft YouthSpark and implemented with the support of Microsoft CSS in Romania.

  • Donors and funders

    Donors and funders in 2018.

    funded by the Google.org by the Tides Foundation.

    Google Educator PD Grants international competition winner in 2019.

  • Budget

    Fiscal year 01 January-31 December 2018.

    540,000 USD

    All revenues in 2018, including grants, donations, sponsorships and revenues according to the Romanian legislation, from Romanian and international donors, as per annual fiscal report submitted with the Romanian National Fiscal Agency.

    each 1 USD spent in the TechSoup Program creates a 50 USD investment added in the Romanian nonprofit sector

    In 2018, the fair market value of the software that have reached Romanian NGOs with our support has been estimated at 1,150,000 USD.

    The value of the cloud services donated to NGOS in the program is estimated at +750.000 USD annually.

     

  • Partners and friends

    We work with amazing partners and supporters.

    TechSoup Program partners

    Adobe

    Airbnb

    Amazon

    Autodesk

    Bitdefender

    Box.org

    CISCO

    Google

    Microsoft

    Symantec

    Tableau

    Veritas

    Zoom

    Programs partners

    Bitdefender

    Google.org and Tides Foundation

    Google Educator Grants

    Romanian-American Foundation

    TechSoup

    TechSoup Europe

    Supporters and friends

    123ContactForm

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

    Banat IT

    Ateliere fara Frontiere

    Dreamstime

    GameDev Academy

    Increase Digital

    Ui Path

    Zitec

  • 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.

     

  • Executive team

    We believe in civic power

    Radu Motoc

    Executive Vice President

    Radu Moțoc knows by heart the Romanian nonprofit sector, having 19 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.

    Gabriela Anghel

    TechSoup Romania Program Manager

    Gabriela joined Asociatia Techsoup in 2016 after 12 years of working in the private sector. While volunteering for a civic group in Bucharest and helping it grow since 2015, 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 Program and is helping a community of over 3,000 Romanian NGOs access the technology they need.

    Elena Coman

    Programs Director

    Elena has been working in a senior capacity in the nonprofit sector for more than 16 years now, either as program manager, program designer or communicator. She 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.

    Elena feels at home designing and building transformative professional development experiences for educators in public schools in Romania.

    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. 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 - and the Meet and Code micro granting program for technology and coding events.

    Irina Zamfirescu

    Program Manager

    Irina has 13 years of designing and managing nonprofit programs, as well as being an active social activist for transparency and accountability in public administration. She has PhD in sociology, does research on social housing policies and is also teaching at the Sociology Faculty, University of Bucharest and has. 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

    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

    Mihnea Ratte, photographer

     

    Ligia Popescu, editor

    Eduard Parvu, image

    Sysadmin support

    Andrei F., ninja sysadmin

    Accounting

    FIX Contab, accounting and financial auditing

    Web development

    Răzvan Diaconu

    www.razvandiaco.nu

     

    Increase Digital

    www.increasedigital.eu

  • Contact us

    Want to learn more about our work, you want to contribute to our programs or you're just looking for opportunities to volunteer?

    We're always online: drop us a note here, reach us by email or via social media.

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