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We've accomplished a lot in the past 10 years. And we're only just getting started.

The board of directors appoints Lauren Woodman as chief executive officer (CEO) of NetHope.

Members Added in 2014

Samaritan's Purse


CEO Bill Brindley is invited and attends the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland to speak on the gender gap.

The NetHope Cloud Services Portal successfully launches as the space where NetHope members and like-minded organizations in the social sector can find solutions to a full range of business problems and field challenges.

The NetHope Global Member Summit is held during the Fall 2013 in St. Charles, Illinois at Q Center and hosted by Accenture .

Members Added in 2013

Direct Relief

International Medical Corps

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Women for Women International

NetHope holds an ICT for Education workshop in Cairo, Egypt to focus on member Education project priorities over the next 18 months and explore how ICT can aid education and learning.

The NetHope Academy extends to Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.

Emergency Response Director Gisli Olafsson is honored as a Microsoft Alumni Foundation 2012 Integral Fellows Award nominee.

NetHope Women's Tech Connect launches at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event in Baltimore.

Members and supporters gather on Microsoft's Redmond campus for a week to connect, collaborate and innovate as part of the NetHope Global Member Summit.

Members Added in 2012




Thirty-nine Haitian IT professionals graduated from the NetHope Academy

NetHope sends 250 refurbished laptops to humanitarian organizations in Japan with help from Microsoft, Dell, HP and InterConnection

NetHope's work restoring connectivity and building ICT skills in Haiti is featured in a World Economic Forum report

NetHope releases a case study on how ICT was used in the 2010 Pakistan Floods, with funding by the Intel Foundation and Microsoft Corporation, and uncovers the need for openness and data.

CNN covers the Stop Human Trafficking App Challenge, a contest by NetHope, USAID and the Demi and Ashton Foundation that asks technology developers in the Russia, Eastern European and the region to create a video featuring a mobile application idea that prevents trafficking, raises awareness or provides services to victims.

NetHope celebrates ten years of collaboration at its special 10th Year Anniversary Global Member Summit in County Kildare, Ireland, hosted by Intel Ireland and member organization Concern Worldwide.

NetHope installs a robust reliable WiMAX, WiFi and mobile network in Dadaab, Kenya to allow over 20 humanitarian assistance organizations share connectivity in the area to better coordinate relief efforts for the Horn of Africa, and emergencies in the future.

Members Added in 2011

Compassion International

Grameen Foundation

Conservation International

Responding to Haiti earthquake, NetHope engineers connected 12 member organizations through VSAT/wireless solutions

NetHope, their partners and members help to bridge Haiti's broken telecommunications infrastructure by sending 1.5 tons of donated equipment and hardware

NetHope Africa Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya

Adobe Systems Incorporated provides largest software donation in company's history to NetHope members

NetHope Chairman, Ed Granger-Happ, is recognized for contributions to nonprofit community and receives NTEN Lifetime Achievement Award


Members Added in 2010

SOS Children's Villages

Habitat for Humanity



Stories about NetHope appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Over $3,000,000 in new Gifts-in-Kind obtained for members

Launched social networking strategy and sites

Completed launch of ICT Database capturing member connectivity solutions globally

NetHope Members Win Two of Four Intel's INSPIRE•EMPOWER Challenge Awards Demonstrating Innovative Uses of ICT

NetHope awarded major new grants by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

In response to Economic Crisis, NetHope obtained deeply discounted scale procurement deals and services for members and launched online conferencing task force

Obtained funding to reach 10,000 field workers by offering instructor-led live online training and expand course offerings for members and professionals

Shared Services pilot launched in Africa and India

Spring 2009 Summit hosted by Microsoft in Redmond, Washington

Members Added in 2009




Canadian Red Cross (Federated Member)


Spring 2008 Summit hosted by Cisco in San Jose, California

Intel Chairman Craig Barrett announces strategic relationship with NetHope

NetHope's chapters developed in East and West Africa

Shared Services program road map and business plan completed, initial pilots launched, with substantial funding and support from members, Accenture and the Rockefeller Foundation

Innovation for Development program creates business model and road map; with support from Intel, Microsoft and other partners, launches initial pilots

Innovation for Development road map developed and pilots launched, focused on agriculture, health, education, natural resource management and financial service platforms

ICT Skills Building program piloted in Africa, Asia and South America

Fall 2008 Summit hosted by IFRC in Geneva, Switzerland

NetHope Leads First Advanced VSAT Installation and Maintenance Workshop in Nairobi

Members Added in 2008



Christian Aid


Ed Granger-Happ, NetHope's chairman, deemed by eWeek and CIO Insight to be one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT

NetHope's chapter is launched in India, hosted by ActionAid Bangalore Spring 2007 Summit hosted by Microsoft in Redmond, Washington

NetHope's chapter is launched in East Africa, hosted by ActionAid Nairobi

NetHope goes live with new Collaborative Platform NetHope hosts "NetHope 3.0" strategy working session at Accenture in New York City

NetHope India Chapter hosts two-day meeting in New Delhi, hosted by CARE India

Fall 2007 Summit hosted by CCF, Plan, IFRC, TNC, and Winrock, and sponsored by Dell and Fundacion Ciudad del Saber in Panama

NetHope achieves goal of over 100 NetHope VSAT installations to date

Shared Services program launched

Innovation for Development program launched

Members Added in 2007

American Red Cross (Federated Member)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Family Health International


NetHope receives 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from IRS

Board of directors elects Bill Brindley as its first Chief Executive Officer

Microsoft provides $40 million grant for NetHope members

NetHope's first chapters form in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand

Spring 2006 Summit hosted by IRC in New York City

NetHope selected as Grand Prize winner of Cisco's Growing with Technology Awards

NetHope strategy refresh project launched Newest version of Network Relief Kit developed and deployed

Fall 2006 Summit hosted by WCS in New York City

Members Added in 2006

Opportunity International

Concern Worldwide

Wall Street Journal covers NetHope's work during the South Asian tsunami

Leadership transferred from Dipak Basu to Molly Tschang, Cisco's second NetHope Fellow

NetHope signs long-term VSAT contract with Skylogic/Eutelsat; Phase II Project begins

Spring 2005 Summit hosted by Save the Children in Westport, Connecticut

501(c)(3) tax exemption application filed

Fall 2005 Summit hosted by The Nature Conservancy

Members Added in 2005

Heifer International

Wildlife Conservation Society

Save the Children - UK (Federated Member)

Spring 2004 Summit hosted by Cisco in San Jose, California

NetHope incorporated as public charity in Delaware

Ed Granger-Happ elected as NetHope's first Chairman

Fall 2004 Summit hosted by Microsoft in Redmond, Washington

Honored as Tech Museum Awards Laureate, NetHope receives the Agilent Technologies Equality Award for the use of technology to benefit mankind

Earliest version of the Network Relief Kit developed

Members Added in 2004


The Nature Conservancy

Relief International

International Rescue Committee

Spring 2003 Summit hosted by Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, Maryland

Fall 2003 Summit hosted by CARE in Atlanta, Georgia

Members Added in 2003

Christian Children's Fund

NetHope's first pilot launched, from planning to implementation

Members Added in 2002


Plan International

"Wiring the Global Village" paper presented to Cisco

Dipak Basu, first Cisco Fellow, coins the name "NetHope"

NetHope co-founded by Edward G. Happ and Dipak Basu

Dipak Basu takes on role of first Executive Director

First Summit hosted by Cisco in San Jose with seven organizations represented

NetHope's Original Seven Members

Save the Children

World Vision


Mercy Corps

Catholic Relief Services

Winrock International

Children International