Microsoft Supports Mers Goodwill With Technology Grant

New software to expand database functions throughout organization
ST. LOUIS - July 1, 2014 - PRLog -- Microsoft has presented MERS Goodwill with a donation of more than $600,000 in office productivity software licenses. The grant will allow the organization to serve more individuals with barriers to employment by increasing accessibility to job searches and computer literacy across 75 locations, and enhance the database for the entire business.

“We are so appreciative of the generous support,” said Lewis C. Chartock, PhD, President and CEO of MERS Goodwill. “Through this partnership with Microsoft, we can further achieve our mission to provide opportunities for persons with barriers to employment to work and live more independently in the community.”

The grant is part of the Microsoft Citizenship efforts, which provides technology tools, training and resources that can help create opportunities and transform communities. Through a joint application between MERS Goodwill and Goodwill Industries International, Microsoft has awarded $602,683 in Microsoft software licenses to MERS Goodwill in support of Goodwill’s GoodTech 3.0 project.  The GoodTech 3.0 project is an initiative by Goodwill to better serve people participating in their programs, maximize the impact of its services, and enhance the efficiencies of its operations.

The grant will be used for software and licenses for server products, including Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint. By upgrading its technology systems at each of its 75 locations, MERS Goodwill can provide higher quality services and outcomes for the people it serves.

“We are pleased to offer this software to help MERS Goodwill provide additional job training and serve more people,” said Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director for Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs.

Microsoft’s Citizenship work applies its technology expertise and resources to help solve critical social and environmental challenges and create fulfilling opportunities for people around the world. In 2013, Microsoft donated $795 million in fair market value of software to nonprofits around the world through its Technology for Good Program. For more information, visit

About MERS Goodwill

MERS Goodwill is a non-profit agency that provides for the vocational needs of individuals who have barriers to employment through disability or economic disadvantage. Annually serving more than 60,000 individuals, the organization operates in 75 locations serving 74 counties in the bi-state area. Revenues from 42 Goodwill stores assist with funding MERS Goodwill job training and employment services. MERS Goodwill is a proud member of the United Way. For more information about MERS Goodwill or to find a Goodwill donation center near you, call 314-241-3464 or visit

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