Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

At this time of year, many Australians dig deep to give a bit of extra Christmas cheer to charities, but perhaps you worry whether your dollars are getting to the disadvantaged people you're trying to help. Charities at the same time worry how they can be efficient and accountable to their donors and funders.
The DonorTec technology donations program is helping registered charities adopt the latest technologies to improve efficiency, keep members informed and make every charity dollar go further.
DonorTec is a software and hardware donation program for charities and nonprofits, operated by nonprofit Community Information Strategies Australia (CISA). Since it started in January, the DonorTec program has saved Australian non-profit organisations over $15 million on the normal retail costs of software and internet gear.
The program is a channel for technology companies to donate goods and services to nonprofit organisations, with the double pay-off being to free up hard-to- get funds that directly help disadvantaged people. Key donors are Microsoft and Cisco, with other tech companies lining up to join the service in the New Year. DonorTec is part of a global network of partners of US nonprofit TechSoup, all of which have a vision to give every nonprofit on the planet the technology resources they need to operate at their full potential.
Over 2500 organisations are now registered with DonorTec, ranging from rural financial counselling services that support drought-stricken farmers, to seniors
learning about computers, to employment services and Indigenous youth development.
The DonorTec program distributes the latest products with a small administration fee to cover costs, but this is a tiny fraction of the retail or even educational pricing for these products.
CISA CEO Doug Jacquier said that their Adelaide-based organisation has become a national voice for Australian nonprofits looking to increase their technology capacity.
"DonorTec is actively seeking new Australian company donor partners to be part of this major push for the charitable and nonprofit sector to develop its ICT capacity." Mr Jacquier said.

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Charities have a Merry DonorTec Christmas: how to stay high tech at low cost


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