Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Adelaide-based nonprofit organisation Community Information Strategies Australia (CISA) today announced that its DonorTec software program has saved Australian non-profit organisations $10 million in the space of three months.
The program at is a conduit for technology companies to donate goods and services to nonprofit organisations, freeing core funds for community services and training. Microsoft alone will donate more than $20 million in software in 2007 through the program, while Cisco is another major partner with donations in the millions of dollars of its networking products.
Organisations that have received donations range from rural financial counselling services that support drought-stricken farmers, to seniors learning about computers, to Aboriginal youth development.
DonorTec supported the Kurbingui Youth Development Association in Brisbane to access the program with its first online shopping experience to order and receive donated Microsoft products.
Kurbingui manager Sue Perel said that receiving the goods was "like Christmas", enabling the association to plan its programs for the next year knowing they will have the resources to do it.
"....the saving is immeasurable," Ms Perel said. "DonorTec lets us plan ahead for developing programs and know that we have the resources on hand instead of waiting for a funding opportunity. Our training area requires continual maintenance and updating, which is very costly, so we depend on donations of used computers from government departments."
Leigh Hubbard, Executive Officer of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Victoria, said, "We had a small server and two new PCs installed several weeks ago (with Microsoft software) and the ordering, delivery and installation went seamlessly. It has not only saved us many hundreds of dollars but revitalised office morale! Being able to avoid all that spam and get on the net quickly is such a boon to our office!"
CISA CEO Doug Jacquier said that his organisation, which has offered directory and IT services to South Australian non-profits for more than 25 years, decided to take a national role when it set up the first Connecting Up non-profit technology conference in 2004.
"Connecting Up is now part of the landscape and attracts international speakers," Mr Jacquier said. (The conference will be held in Brisbane in 2008 and progressively in other States.)
"Based on our national experience, we were chosen by the Department of Communications, IT and the Arts (DCITA) in 2006 to conduct the National Non-Profit IT Survey, which marked the first time that the government has embarked on designing a sustainable model for ICT in the non-profit sector nationally."
The profile generated from these activities internationally led to CISA being invited to be the Australian and New Zealand partner in the global rollout by the TechSoup nonprofit technology program in the US.
Affiliated nonprofit organisations are now services similar to DonorTec in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Poland, South Africa and India. Mr Jacquier will travel to Hong Kong next month to assist with the rollout of the service, and CISA's DonorTec service will expand into New Zealand later this year.
Call for ICT companies to get on board
DonorTec started taking registrations in March this year and met with a flood of demands, with over 1,800 organisations now registered.
CISA is now calling for other software and hardware companies to join the DonorTec program.
"Every dollar donated in IT products and services saves money for the nonprofit organisation, but more importantly it improves the quality of every communication with its stakeholders," Mr Jacquier said.
If you are an ICT company and would like to donate, please contact Karen May at CISA's DonorTec program on (08) 8122 2750. If you are a nonprofit organisation and want to apply for donated software, go to for more information.

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DonorTec gives non-profits $10 million early Christmas


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