US internet search company Google Inc has provided a grant of US$100,000 to Australian not-for-profit Connecting Up Australia (CUA) to help develop a national online directory of charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Connecting Up is in good company, with other Google Inc Charitable Giving Fund recipients this year including UNICEF, ASHOKA, NTEN and the Bharti Foundation.
Unlike many other countries, Australia doesn't have a comprehensive directory of charities and nonprofit organisations that donors and the general public can use to find and research organisations and causes. The directory will encourage collaboration amongst the listed organisations, and between not-for-profits, donors, governments and business.
CUA CEO Mr Doug Jacquier says that the Productivity Commission’s recent inquiry into the not-for-profit sector reported that “the level of understanding among the wider community of the sector's role and contribution is poor and deserves attention”.
“That’s why we are aiming to provide an interactive platform that ensures a basic presence on the web for charities and not-for-profits,” Mr Jacquier said. “The public will have a one-stop-shop for listing and searching for nonprofit organisations across the country. Hundreds of organisations that have no web presence now will be available to be easily found via web searching.
"Donors and philanthropists will find it far easier to reach those they prefer to help in their community and hear about their activities. And community organisations will find it easier to communicate and collaborate with other like-minded organisations around Australia to share ideas and resources.”
Mr Jacquier indicated that there are around 60,000 not-for-profits with paid staff, employing a total of over 600,000 Australians and they collectively generate around 4.3% of Australia’s GDP.
“It seemed to us extraordinary that nothing like this directory has existed, so we have invested a considerable amount of our own funds in developing this project. The generous and timely grant we have received from the Google Inc Charitable Giving Fund will help us speed up the project and we’re looking to launch before the end of June 2011.”
For further information and comment, please contact Doug Jacquier, CEO, CUA 08 8122 2752 0408 955 541 [email protected]
Connecting Up Australia
Connecting Up Australia (www.connectingup.org ) is an Australian nonprofit organisation established in Adelaide, SA, in 1981. It provides a national development role for the not-for-profit sector in Australia, focused on community information provision and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) capacity building.
Doug Jacquier, CEO, Connecting Up Australia
P: 08 8122 2752
M: 0408 955 541