Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Three Australian charity workers will soon be winging their way to Washington DC to attend the world's largest nonprofit technology conference, courtesy of scholarships provided by Connecting Up Australia (CUA).

The scholarships, worth up to $5,000 each, were awarded to Christopher John of Lifeline Tasmania, Sarah Pulis of Media Access Australia and Erica Thompson of OzChild for their commitment to improving their organisations' access to technology and social media. The winners were chosen from entries submitted from all over Australia.

CUA CEO Doug Jacquier says the scholarships will allow the recipients to attend the Nonprofit Technology Conference, the premier technology event designed for charities and nonprofits. Held in Washington in March 2011, the annual conference is conducted by US charity the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). In turn, NTEN will provide scholarships for workers from US charity groups to attend CUA’s Connecting Up conference in Melbourne in June 2011.

“It is vital that Australian charities and nonprofits get exposure to the latest developments in technology to assist with their helping programs, fund-raising and organisational efficiency,” Mr Jacquier said. “We provide great information through our CUA website and channel technology donations through our DonorTec program, but there is no substitute for the networking and exposure to innovation that experiences like the NTC conference provide. The scholarships reflect Connecting Up Australia’s ongoing investment in building the technology capacity of Australia’s third sector.”

Scholarship winners will be supported by CUA’s Online Content Manager, Shai Coggins, to use social media tools to report their findings and experiences to the Australian charitable and nonprofit community.

About the winners:

Sarah Pulis, from Carlingford NSW, is New Media Manager for Media Access Australia (MAA), Australia's only independent not-for-profit media access organisation. “We work to improve access by providing information about technology solutions that make audio-visual media accessible to people with disabilities," Sarah says. "Attending the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is a fantastic opportunity for both me and my organisation to gain further knowledge of the latest issues and trends, new technologies and international best practice, as well as expand my international connections.”

Christopher John, from Richmond, Tas, said that his organisation, Lifeline Tasmania, has a "unique early opportunity with the introduction of the NBN to lead the way in exploring and implementing opportunities that can benefit the wider Australian Lifeline network". Christoper recently returned from the Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue 2010, as the only Tasmanian representative and is currently working on a consulting project on Social Media with the International Help Fund Australia, a small non-profit fund supporting the Pacific Islands in community and environmental outcomes.

Erica Thompson of Bell Park, Victoria, is responsible for national training for OzChild. “By being able to continue to advocate for the integration of better use of technology and social media, I will enhance my own work practice and support my organisation to reach our goal of being a national voice for children,” Erica said.

For further comment, please contact:
Doug Jacquier, CEO, Connecting Up Australia
08 8122 2752 Mob: 0408 955 541

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Connecting Up Australia (CUA)

Connecting Up Australia is a nonprofit organisation that has been focused on capacity development for the nonprofit sector for nearly 30 years. Connecting Up specialises in providing information for and about the sector. Connecting Up conducts the national conference series on technology in the nonprofit sector, Connecting Up ( ), and the annual Australian Community Technology Awards Connecting Up operates the DonorTec ( and TechSoup New Zealand technology donation channel to Australian and New Zealand nonprofits.
Doug Jacquier, CEO, Connecting Up Australia
P: 08 8122 2752
M: 0408 955 541


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