ARMONK, N.Y., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the aftermath of one of the largest and most destructive storms to strike the heavily populated U.S. East Coast, IBM (NYSE: IBM) responded with pro bono consultants; strategies for both an immediate and long term response to disaster relief and recovery; and all of the technology and expertise needed to help establish the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) Among the solutions donated to the fund and other key agencies in New York and New Jersey coping with the disaster was the SmartCloud for Social Business, which created the infrastructure necessary to launch immediate relief efforts, and will provide the cloud-based social collaboration tools that will sustain the fund during the long term recovery efforts. This was just one of many initiatives described in IBM's 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report, which outlines corporate social responsibility programs aligned with the company's Smarter Planet strategy to protect the environment, strengthen education and economic development, enable humanitarian research and improve the quality of life in cities around the world. "Because of IBM's knowledge and expertise, the Fund is able to provide relief to New Jersey families and communities in an efficient and effective manner," said Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. In 2012, IBM expanded its Services Grant program in the US and abroad, awarding more than 350 grants worldwide. For instance, IBM donated SmartCloud services to help business owners in Italy recover from a 2012 earthquake, and helped improve the delivery of healthcare in Haiti through its collaboration with Colleagues in Care Global Health Network. Using the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business, medical professionals on the ground in Haiti now have access to an immediate online medical knowledge system that includes treatment options, clinical pathways, and best practices. IBM Smart Cloud for Social Business provides organizations with a complete social experience that includes access to tools such as online meetings, communities, file sharing, email, calendaring, instant messaging and more. In Korea, a similar grant to the Work Together Foundation supports the organization's goal of providing information to help improve human resource capacity and social entrepreneurship for members across its network. In Texas, SmartCloud for Social Business - the second such grant awarded SER Jobs for Progress National - enabled the organization to continue providing web conferencing, file sharing, networking and collaboration tools to its 22 affiliates across the country. IBM grants help communities accelerate cloud collaboration among key agencies, foster better decisions through predictive analytics, create greater value through social networks and re-imagine how services are delivered.