Friday, March 27th, 2009

"The Online Future of Nonprofits - Are We There Yet?" is the theme of the national Connecting Up 2009 conference, to be held in Sydney for the first time, May 11-12 at the Novotel Brighton.

Doug Jacquier, CEO of conference organiser Connecting Up Australia, says tough economic times means charities have to get better at fundraising and one effective way is through better use of technology.

"In one conference stream, Bill Petch from Barnardos will speaking about building social networks of donors and advocates, which requires a good technology base," Mr Jacquier said.

"We also have Martin Stewart-Weeks, Chair of the Australia Social Innovation Exchange, who will talk across a broad range of topics, including the impact on NGOs and the social sector of the new collaboration and communication technologies."

Now in its fifth year, the conference also includes keynotes from Tracey Fellows, managing director of Microsoft, and Google Australia's head of engineering, Alan Noble.

The exceptional line up of keynote speakers also includes:

Cheryl Kernot – Centre for Social Impact, University of NSW
Mark Pesce – Social network guru, writer, New Inventors panelist
Monique Potts – Digital Media Project Manager at the ABC
Peter Deitz – founder and Executive Director of
Allen Gunn – Executive Director Aspiration
Jody Mahoney – VP Business Development, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

A full program of workshops and breakout sessions is available at . These provide expertise, insight, and stories from nonprofits across Australia and New Zealand addressing the conference theme.

Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson of will conduct a full day workshop – Wednesday 13 May – to teach nonprofits how to use free tools to create and publish powerful videos.

For media accreditation, please contact Karen Gryst on 08 8212 8555 ext 208 or emai [email protected]


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Connecting Up Australia

Connecting Up Australia is a community-based nonprofit organisation. It operates the Donortec technology donation program for nonprofits (,which has channelled over $30m in technology donations to nonprofits in the past two years, the annual Connecting Up conference on nonprofit technology issues and the annual Australian Community Technology Awards. In 2008 its CEO, Doug Jacquier, received the Innovator of the Year award in the Equity Trustees Nonprofit CEO Awards.
Leila Henderson
P: 08 8121 5264
M: 0414697071


Charities can expect even more clients and pressure in the current economic climate, says national Connecting Up conference CEO Doug Jacquier.



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