ATLANTA – May 27, 2015 – TechBridge, a nonprofit that drives community impact by providing other nonprofits with affordable technology and business expertise, held its 15th annual Digital Ball that raised a record $1.25 million to subsidize the development and implementation of a wide range of technology projects and programs for the nonprofit community. One hundred sponsors, including presenting sponsor Accenture and marquee sponsors Avaya, Dell, Infor, and The Coca-Cola Company celebrated and supported the mission of TechBridge at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Digital Ball co-chairs Janet Sherlock, CIO of Carter’s, and Bill VanCuren, CIO of NCR Corporation were joined by more than 60 of their industry peers who served as Digital Ball Hosts. The black-tie event attracted more than 840 IT, business and nonprofit leaders and guests. The evening honored Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Metro Atlanta with the presentation of the 14th annual Technology Innovation Award, given by Accenture. BBBS empowers the youth of our community to grow and lead thriving, successful, and impactful lives.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we like to dream big. Our ambitious goal of using technology to double the number of children we serve is so much closer to becoming a reality with the Technology Innovation Award. We are deeply grateful for this award, and we can’t wait to see our vision put into action. —Janice McKenzie-Crayton, CEO and President of BBBSMA
The organization was chosen out of 42 nominees by a panel of Atlanta’s IT leaders to receive more than $30,000 in TechBridge services, software and cash to implement its technology vision. BBBS will use the award to streamline documentation and lessen the clutter of physical papers and files, restructure their website with a process-focused perspective, and enhance their ability to track client data to better produce reports for partners, grantors and volunteers as well as internal evaluations.
The two finalists, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta and The Historic Oakland Foundation, were also recognized and each received a prize worth more than $2,500, including a TechBridge technology assessment and a cash award.
The Technology Innovation Award is a signature way for us at Accenture to invest in our national nonprofits and our community as a whole. With TechBridge, we are helping nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta implement innovative technology that will transform them to better serve the people of our community. We extend our congratulations to BBBS for winning this year’s award. —Keith Boone, Global Senior Managing Director at Accenture
The evening also featured in action the TechBridge Adopt-a-Nonprofit program, the world’s first program where corporations, foundations, and individuals can fund TechBridge-approved IT projects for nonprofits. Last year’s crowdfunding adoptee was the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Dennis J. Gardin, executive director of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF), returned this year to share how the 2014 Digital Ball crowd adopted the GFBF’s technology project that allowed them to serve burn survivors nationwide in addition to those in their base city of Atlanta. This year, nearly $58,000 of pledges were made by attendees, exceeding the campaign goal of $30,000 for the benefit of Atlanta Mission, a nonprofit that empowers men, women, and children experiencing poverty into a stable, thriving life. Adoption match sponsor, EMC, contributed an additional $15,000 while $15,000 of the evening’s proceeds were also contributed by TechBridge—bringing the total to $88,000 in pledges to support the Atlanta Mission’s vision to leverage technology to track the progress of their clients and impact of their programs.
The night was truly amazing and we were so moved by the overwhelming, positive response from the audience. The support that we felt from the crowd was moving. They really understood the impact we can all make together on the lives of people in our own city and how this project will help us serve men, women, and children in more effective ways.
—James H. Reese, President/CEO, Atlanta Mission
About the TechBridge Digital Ball
The Digital Ball, TechBridge’s signature fundraising gala, brings together Atlanta’s technology community to celebrate the impact technology can have in strengthening our community. TechBridge’s Digital Ball series of events raises funds to support its mission and work throughout the year. Plans for the 16th annual Digital Ball are underway. Sponsorship information can be found here. The 2015 TechBridge Annual Report/Digital Ball Program can be found here.
Founded in 2000, TechBridge is a nonprofit that provides other nonprofits with the tools, resources and relationships they need to apply business strategies and technology to further their missions. This is made possible by support from the TechBridge network of corporations, individuals and foundations. The TechBridge Adopt-a-Nonprofit program and the Technology Innovation Award, given by Accenture, provide nonprofits with funding vehicles for their technology needs while TechBridge’s fundraising efforts, including its signature Digital Event Series, unite the technology community to celebrate the impact technology can have in strengthening our community. For more information about TechBridge, click here.