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Sun Donates StarOffice Suite to Nonprofits Worldwide
Gifts In Kind International to Distribute Technology to Groups in Need
June 7, 2005,
Volume 88, Issue 2

...Sun is dedicated to the success and advancement of education and technology around the world.

-- Kim Jones

StarOfficeTM Suite will be made available to eligible nonprofit and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the US and countries around the world as a result of a collaborative effort between Sun and Gifts In Kind International. This leading worldwide charity in the field of product philanthropy will distribute Sun's donated StarOffice software to qualified NGOs and nonprofits in developing and other countries where significant need exists for technology.

"This donation and partnering is a wonderful example of a socially and environmentally responsible company helping to reduce the impact of poverty in our global communities," said Barry Anderson, president and CEO of Gifts In Kind International. "Hundreds of nonprofits and NGOs will benefit from the Sun Microsystems donation enabling them to provide more efficient services and programs to those who are most in need."

Through this program, Sun will assist nonprofits and NGOs with programs in the areas of education (K-12), job training, opportunities for youth, maternal and child health, adult literacy/mentoring and other critical social community services.

"The StarOffice software donation is a part of Sun's overall philanthropy program and Sun is dedicated to the success and advancement of education and technology around the world," said Kim Jones, vice president of Global Education and Research for Sun. "As we bring new products and technologies to market, Sun will continue to share its latest innovations with the education community."

The StarOffice Suite will be teamed with The World Bank Group's global computer donation program to benefit NGOs in countries including Zambia, Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka. This easy-to-use software offers a familiar interface that will enable nonprofit and NGO recipients to quickly improve their efficiency and productivity, allowing more of their charitable resources to be devoted to delivering critical community services. Plans for the StarOffice Suite will be to enhance and expand local education/job training programs and offer new ways to improve local community services.

"Equipping computers with StarOffice software will help support primary and secondary schools in the remote part of Kyrgyzstan in which we actively support communities through a portfolio of development activities," reports James Lanning, Director of Acquisitions, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International.

StarOffice is the leading office productivity software suite on the Solaris TM Operating System (Solaris OS) and Linux, and the leading alternative office suite to Windows. For a nonprofit to be eligible as a recipient, it must possess a current 501(c)(3) status or the equivalent status in the country in which the recipient organization is located.

Michael Rutter, Director of Operations, Bright Hope International in Zambia, commented, "Our mission is to provide for physical and economic needs of people living at the lowest economic level through personal and empowering partnerships and projects."

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