IBM is kicking off a USD 18-million grant program to put no-cost cloud hosting, customizable software, and consulting services into the hands of not-for-profit social service agencies that qualify. Called IBM SafetyNet, the software can help not-for-profit – such as those that provide services related to behavioral health, child welfare, after school recreation, job training, and senior citizen needs – evaluate and document the success of their programs more effectively. The record keeping and analysis that can be performed with IBM SafetyNet can improve budgetary accountability, lead decision makers to design better programs, and enable staff to spend more time helping clients instead of performing paperwork. Data analysis offered by the software also enables social service providers to pinpoint and address gaps in their client service.

IBM has a vested interest in ensuring prosperity, education, and wellbeing in the communities in which IBM employees live and work. To help bring that about, IBM offers Impact Grants of pro bono consulting services and technology to communities. For those projects, IBMers work with civic, social, and economic organizations in public-private partnerships. IBM SafetyNet is consistent with that mission and is the latest grant program in IBM’s corporate citizenship portfolio."

Stanley S. Litow
President of International Foundation,

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