TechSoup is committed to the furtherance of civil society, defined as the organizations and individuals, separate from the worlds of both government and commerce, who undertake the tasks of improving the circumstances of the underserved and creating conditions in which people of goodwill can engage in discourse and find solutions for the many problems that impact the globe.
Recent elections and events across the world have stirred strong emotions and often seemed to highlight differences. No one knows the extent to which rhetoric will be acted on, and this uncertainty creates anxiety for many. In this context, we want to reiterate that TechSoup holds cardinal values around nondiscrimination, diversity, and inclusivity. No matter the context, we will stay true to these values and we will make common cause with others, in this country and across the globe, who share them.
To those engaged in the work of civil society, we say: You have colleagues, here at TechSoup and across the nonprofit sector, that support the work you do in serving some of our most vulnerable community members. In this context, we want to take this moment to be explicit about some of the values that drive our work:
- A belief in coming together. Whether online or in-person, we believe strongly in the value of coming together to discuss the issues about which we are most passionate.
- The right to disagree. As a sector, we are passionate about the services we provide, the people we help, the way that help is delivered. We have to fight every day for resources. We know that passion can lead to disagreement. We can disagree and still be working together.
- A strong sense of inclusivity. Each and every day, we want the tent to be bigger, the pie to serve more people, the change to be greater.
- A healthy diversity. Of thought. Of background. Of economic levels. Diversity makes us stronger and we will protect it.
Our beliefs manifest in things like our anti-discrimination policy and a commitment to democratizing access to resources and to being a force for creating a more equitable world. We see our beliefs manifest in our forums where people from all social, political, and religious backgrounds talk about how to use technology to create more good.
Let’s come together and move forward.
The Staff and Board of TechSoup
This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog.