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AWS Serve Provides Nonprofits with the Cloud Resources to Power their Mission

AWS Serve is an initiative to provide nonprofits with the cloud resources they need to power their mission, workforce, and the communities they serve. These resources include training, nonprofit office hours, and access to AWS Promotional Credits, which provide a dollar-for-dollar subsidy of an organization’s on-demand infrastructure spend on AWS.

Emerging and established nonprofits can effectively leverage the AWS platform to improve program outcomes by harnessing the power, flexibility, security, and performance of AWS cloud services. Eligible nonprofit organizations will be able to access the program annually.

Program benefits include:

  • $2,000 in AWS Promotional Credits annually
  • Training and labs
  • Nonprofit Office Hours
  • Event speaking opportunities
  • Partner special offers

The AWS Serve program, in collaboration with Technology Affinity Group (TAG), provides a gateway for the next generation of IT capabilities within the nonprofit community. This program is exclusively available to TAG member foundations and their nonprofit grantees.

TAG is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the power of technology to advance the goals of the philanthropic sector. Not a TAG member? For more information on how to become a TAG member and access the program, please visit:

“The Technology Affinity Group is excited to work with Amazon Web Services to provide this unique opportunity for our members and their grantees to access AWS’s state-of-the-art infrastructure at reduced costs,” said Lisa Pool, Executive Director, TAG. “We think infrastructure and software as a service is a great model for our members, who typically don’t have many dedicated in-house technology staff.”

The AWS Serve program also collaborates with partners, like SmartSimple and Linux Academy, to further optimize the program offerings:

SmartSimple: SmartSimple offers nonprofits cloud-based platforms to manage and automate critical organizational processes, including grants management. A common pain point in leveraging traditional grants management systems is that they are one size fits all and can’t accommodate organization-specific needs. With SmartSimple’s GMS360° platform, nonprofits are able to configure the tool’s features and functions to address their exact needs, no matter how specific or unique. As part of the AWS Serve program, they will be offering two months free use of the platform.

“We’re delighted to be selected by AWS to participate in the AWS Serve program. Our inclusion demonstrates our continued commitment to drive cloud innovation and empower the entire granting community,” said Alex Wong, Director of Marketing, SmartSimple. “With AWS, we’re proud to deliver best-in-class grants management solutions to help organizations minimize costs, become more efficient and agile, all while equipping them with the tools to share their impact story with the broader community.”

Linux Academy: Linux Academy is an online, AWS training platform with engineered course content and labs that facilitate skill building for all levels, from novice to expert. Users gain real-world experience with the AWS Cloud with hands-on learning. Through the AWS Serve program, participants will have access to a 45-day free access to all of the platforms certification and training courses on AWS and additional technologies, such as Linux and OpenStack.

“Organizations and individuals are rushing to ensure they can handle the technologies available today on the cloud,” said Anthony James, CEO, Linux Academy. “We are excited about this new collaboration with AWS. It creates an affordable and efficient option for nonprofit organizations, which have limited budgets, to keep up with rapidly expanding technologies, as well as for people to find or progress within cloud tech careers.”

Learn more about AWS Serve here.