Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Social justice pioneer Doug Jacquier, CEO of Adelaide-based Connecting Up Australia, has been recognised for his innovative approach to closing the digital and economic divide in Australia.

Mr Jacquier has been named 2008 Equity Trustees’ Innovator of the Year, awarded to “a leader responsible for a specific innovation resulting in a quantum leap in their not for profit organisation's service excellence…”

In the past four years, Mr Jacquier has “built links with international organisations with similar interests and identified a model for his South-Australian non-profit (NFP) to become less reliant on government funding and to take on a national role,” the Equity Trustees awards committee said.

Announcing the win, the committee said that: “Although not a ‘tech-head’, Doug understands the potential for low-cost technologies and the emerging social web to re-empower sectors of our community that have become somewhat lost in the commercial media and lower prioritised by governments.

“As a strategic thinker and innovator, he has gained the support and trust of his board and built Connecting Up Australia into a team that is helping thousands of NFP organisations and their customers.”

Mr Jacquier’s visionary approach includes the DonorTec technology donations program, which has donated more than $30 million worth of software and services to charities and community organisations since it was established in 2007.

Connecting Up Australia’s DonorTec program is part of the global rollout of the highly successful TechSoup nonprofit technology donations program in the US. The program is now operating in over 20 countries world-wide and Connecting Up Australia recently expanded its service to New Zealand as TechSoup NZ.

He also instigated the annual Connecting Up technology conference series for nonprofits in 2004, the resource site in 2005, and the Australian Community Technology Awards.

“The charities and community sector employs hundreds of thousands of Australians, as well as utilising the skills of an army of volunteers, and it is vital that their capacity to help is enhanced by the best technology available, especially in these tough economic times,” Mr Jacquier said.

“This award is not only a great personal honour for me, and our great staff, team and board at Connecting Up Australia, it is a recognition of the major effort being made by community organisations to help their communities in every way possible to have rich and fulfilling lives.

“We look forward to building further on our relationships with business and government to fill the many gaps remaining in the technology infrastructure of this vital sector of Australian society.”

The Equity Trustees’ Not For Profit CEO Awards recognise outstanding achievements of chief executives working in the not for profit and charitable sector. The awards were presented in Melbourne on 30th October 2008 at a gala presentation evening.

“Our challenge now is to better connect community organisations, business, philanthropic organisations, and governments to build better Australian communities through stronger community networks,” Mr Jacquier said.

Nominees for the awards came from Not For Profit (NFP) organisations throughout Australia. There were four awards this year: Equity Trustees’ NFP CEO of Year, Significant Innovation Award, First Year Achiever Award and Long Term Achievement Award. Each award recognises outstanding achievements of chief executives working in the NFP and charitable sector.

To qualify for the awards, now in their seventh year, Not For Profit organisations have to operate in Australia, have tax exempt status and turn over more than $300,000 a year.

For interviews, please contact Leila Henderson on 0414 69 70 71, or call Mr Doug Jacquier on 08 8212 8555 or 0408 955541; email [email protected]

For further information: Equity Trustees’ NFP CEO Awards spokesperson: Talei Acciarito, Equity Trustees, Manager CEO Awards, (03) 8623 5234 or 0434 919 547

Contact Profile

Connecting Up Australia

Connecting Up Australia is a non-profit organisation with a mission to make ICT infrastructure available and affordable for the non-profit sector. Its aim is to help increase productivity in non-profits across Australia and New Zealand by helping them keep pace with vital information and communication technology on very limited budgets and with scarce in-house IT skills. Connecting Up Australia pioneered the international Connecting Up conference and services such as Infosearchweb, ICT healthchecks and ICT traineeships for disadvantaged youth. The winner of a Prime Minister’s Community-Business Partnership Award in 2006, Connecting Up Australia also operates DonorTec and TechSoup New Zealand, as part of the global TechSoup non-profit technology donations program.

Web addresses for Connecting Up Australia

Connecting Up:

Infosearch: Eventspool:


TechSoup New Zealand:

Connecting Up's South Australian information services will be collected under the banner.

Leila Henderson
P: 0881215264
M: 0414697071

Doug Jacquier

P: 082128555
M: 0408 955541


Social justice pioneer Doug Jacquier has been honoured for his work to empower the community sector through the use of technology.


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