Winners announced for 2021’s Australian Not-for-Profit Technology Awards
10 May 2021 at 3:56 pm
Innovations in COVID-19 responses, domestic violence awareness campaigns and an online marketplace for donated goods were among the winners of this year’s Australian Not-for-Profit Technology Awards.
Good360 Australia, has been crowned the Not-for-Profit Technology Innovator of the Year Award, for creating the country’s largest online marketplace for businesses to donate spare and surplus goods.
In the last year, the platform delivered more than $49 million worth of donated goods to people living in poverty across Australia.
The Australian Not-for-Profit Technology Awards is an initiative of Connecting Up (part of the Infoxchange Group) and now in its sixth year. The aim of the awards is to recognise the very best in technology, innovation and excellence by organisations and individuals across the Australian not-for-profit sector.
For the third year running, Australian-based This Life Cambodia won the award for Best Social Media Campaign, this time for the “Not Her Fault” campaign, sharing the award with the Centre for Non-Violence’s “You Are Not Alone” campaign aimed at supporting victims of family violence through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mikaela Jade won the Best Technology Achievement by an Indigenous Australian (Individual) for her company Indigital — Australia’s first Indigenous Edu-tech company.
Infoxchange Group CEO David Spriggs, who sat on the judging panel, said he found it inspiring to see nominations for so many incredible organisations and individuals.
“Our winners this year have set a new standard for innovation in not-for-profit technology and shown outstanding commitment to using technology to strengthen the sector and support communities in need across Australia and beyond,” he said.
The awards also focused on the contributions of individual volunteers and long-serving not-for-profit advocates.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was shared by Jane Richardson of Generous & Grateful, who guided the small organisation through a revolutionising system change, and Karen Stuckey from Church Support Australia, who dedicated many hours of her time during COVID-19 to providing exceptional technology support and training to their members.
Not-for-Profit Lifetime Service Awards were presented to Pam Doughty from AUSOM News, Chris Deacon from ArtSound and Canberra Multicultural Service, and Andrew Mahar from the xpand Foundation.