The Associated Press

ARMONK, N.Y. – (NYSE: IBM) plans to increase its donations of technology to schools and nonprofit groups by nearly one-third over the next three years.

The increase – from the current $135 million to $175 million per year – represents a small fraction of IBM’s overall revenue. But the company says its "Trailblazer" grants are vital for small organizations that otherwise might not be able to afford its products.

Increasingly IBM is donating software and technology services. IBM gets tax breaks for hardware and software it donates, but not services.

Among the recent recipients of IBM’s donations: A program in Boston that got training on how social-networking services could reach high school students and advise them on college financial aid.

IBM employs some 10,000 people in the Research Triangle Park, N.C. area.

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