NFPs Share in $1M Technology Program
28 July 2015 at 2:12 pm
Six Australian Not for Profits will share in over $1 million in information technology and support as part of a new community program.
National IT firm Tata Consultancy Services has announced the first beneficiaries of the TCS Australia and New Zealand Pro Bono Community Program.
The six Not for Profits are: HeartKids Australia, Cystic Fibrosis New South Wales, Hunter Medical Research Institute, The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and The Penguin Foundation.
“The Program offers health, education and environment-focussed Not for Profits the opportunity to realise how technology can improve their operations’ ability to create a significant and positive impact on their communities and the environment,” CEO of TCS Australia and New Zealand, Deborah Hadwen, said.
“The organisations will receive in-kind TCS services, valued collectively at over AUD $1 million, in areas such as application and website development, IT consulting and technology optimisation, digitisation and digital transformation, as well as software testing.
“We believe technology has the power to transform our world and by empowering organisations, such as these six worthy recipients, we have the opportunity to strengthen and further support the communities in which TCS operates.
“Technology can help us effectively address health, social, and environmental challenges, making them a thing of the past. We are proud to be offering our IT solutions and consulting services to these organisations, enabling them to do what they do best – creating a positive impact.”
The six NFPs will use the TCS support for a variety of opportunities including improving fundraising, upgrading websites and donor databases as well as a health register as well as the produce a mobile app.
“Being able to control your health information is vital, especially if you live with a really serious and complex chronic disease like CF. Young adults expect to be able to use their phones for this task and we believe an app will make a huge difference to the physical and mental well-being of thousands of people,” CEO Cystic Fibrosis New South Wales, Michele Adair, said.
TCS said its Pro Bono Community Program in Australia draws inspiration from the business’ Pro Bono work in India, where it has leveraged its IT competence to create an Adult Literacy Program. Since its inception in 2000, the program has impacted the lives of almost 200,000 people across India.