Few takers for free computers, websites for nonprofits

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Four Triad companies said they’re having a hard time giving away computers, software and other technology items to nonprofits.

Tech Triad founder Sue Polinsky said she has received only three applications so far for the next round of Extreme Nonprofit Makeovers. The organization normally gets 20-30 applications by this time, Polinsky said.

“I’m stunned. I’m trying to figure it out. I don`t know why we didn’t get more applications or nominations,” Polinsky said.

The extreme makeovers consist of a new website, new computers and software, a new marketing strategy and training.

“We estimate somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000-15,000 is probably what the nonprofit’s getting,” said Chris Oakman, who works with one of the four companies who partner up to provide the makeovers.

The Triad Health Project was one of the nonprofits that previously got an extreme makeover.

The project, which helps people living with AIDS and HIV, got $1,500 in donations online in the first month after the site launched.

“It enables us to reach a broader audience, to reach a younger audience,” said Ken Keeton with Triad Health Project.

Polinsky said she will go above and beyond to help nonprofits who go above and beyond to help others.

“I don’t have all the money in the world. I have this skill set, and if I can share that, I’m thrilled,” Polinsky said.

There is still time for nonprofits who want to apply for the extreme makeover. All you have to do is go to techtriad.com and fill out the application, which has only a few questions on it.

The deadline to apply is March 1.