Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Technology donations to charities and nonprofits in Australia through the DonorTec program have just passed the $100m milestone.

Operated by Australian nonprofit Connecting Up Australia (CUA), in partnership with US nonprofit TechSoup Global, the DonorTec program channels donated and heavily discounted software, hardware, security systems and communication systems from major companies (including Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec) to Australia’s charities.

During the past three years, more than 11,000 charities and nonprofit organisations across Australia and New Zealand have benefited from over $103m worth of technology obtained via the DonorTec service.

In CUA’s recently released "The Listening Report – What Do Australia’s Nonprofits Really Want?" (a social research project designed to explore the capacity development priorities of the nonprofit sector in Australia), technology issues were identified as a daily challenge the sector faces. That’s because it impacts on all aspects of a nonprofit’s work, from communications to fundraising to service provision and reporting.

CUA CEO Doug Jacquier believes that technology is a powerful enabler for social change. “CUA’s partnership with TechSoup Global to deliver the DonorTec program is a powerful vehicle for charities and nonprofits to have the same computing power and internet access as similar sized business organisations. It also allows these helping organisations to invest the savings made into direct service delivery.”

He quotes the example of The Fred Hollows Foundation, which estimated that the savings made through the DonorTec program led to sight being restored to over 400 people who would not have been reached otherwise.

High res jpg available: Microsoft Australia MD Tracy Fellows presenting award recognising the $100m donation milestone to CUA CEO Doug Jacquier.

Further comment available from: Doug Jacquier, CEO, Connecting Up Australia [email protected] P: 08 8212 8555 (direct) M: 0408 955 541.

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The DonorTec Program is provided by Connecting Up Australia in partnership with US-based TechSoup Global (www.techsoup.com). Both Connecting Up Australia and TechSoup Global are nonprofit organisations that are part of a global partnership for technology donations has a vision for every nonprofit on the planet to have the technology resources they need to operate at their full potential. Since its inception in 2007 the DonorTec program has saved the nonprofit sector more than $100 million in their IT costs.


Doug Jacquier, CEO, Connecting Up Australia
P: 08 8212 8555
M: 0408 955 541
W: www.donortec.org


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