2010 Technology Innovation Award

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At Digital Ball® 2010, Accenture announced the winner of the 2010 TechBridge Technology Innovation Award:

Southwest Christian Care is dedicated to providing quality care and support for terminally ill patients, children with disabilities, senior care and support to their families. The agency also operates Hope House Children’s Respite Center caring for children from birth to 21 years of age with a variety of ability levels and its WeCare Respite Program for less medically fragile children with Autism, Down Syndrome and milder forms of Cerebral Palsy. Its Spiritual Care groups provide short-term counseling services to families dealing with issues of grief, loss, trauma, family stress and other life-related issues. In 2007, the agency began its DayBreak Program serving senior adults with varying degrees of memory loss suffering early Alzheimer’s as well as early dementia.

The agency hopes to use the Technology Innovation Award to create an automated solution to better track program outcomes. The measurement of outcomes provides management with information needed to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services and plan for the future. Tracking the demographics of patients served is required for insurance and reporting to foundations and donors. Currently all the agency’s patient records, demographics and satisfaction surveys are kept on paper and in spreadsheets making analysis very time-consuming. The agency seeks to centralize patient data and program statistics and provide fast and accurate on-demand reporting needed by various staff members. Learn more at www.swchristiancare.org.

We also congratulate our two finalists:

Serving metro Atlanta for 120 years, Families First works to ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families and giving them comprehensive and sustainable solutions to improve child well-being and family self-sufficiency. Last year alone, Families First served 42,000 individuals.

Families First is seeking to add functionality to its website to accept client applications and payments; develop a process to track compliance with its contracts and grants; upgrade its server infrastructure by consolidating several physical servers into one or two virtual servers; and to further enhance its Microsoft SharePoint site. Families First is unique among nonprofits because it not only raises funds through grants and contracts, but it takes payments for a number of services including adoption. Adding the ability to accept payments for its fee-based services online through a secure payment process will speed up and improve the accuracy of payment processing. Learn more at www.familiesfirst.org.


Rarely does a single nonprofit propose a single technology solution that will increase funding for multiple nonprofit organizations, but that is exactly what The Georgia Cancer Coalition is doing. It is part of CheckOff Georgia, an income tax form program that allows state taxpayers to voluntarily donate $1 or more to a number of charitable agencies. CheckOff Georgia includes: Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund; Georgia Fund for Children and the Elderly; Georgia Cancer Research Fund; Statewide Land Conservation Program; Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation; Dog and Cat Sterilization; Georgia Student Finance Authority Fund; and Save the Cure. Since its inception more than $8 million has been raised through this program.

The Georgia Cancer Coalition recently brought together representatives from each of these agencies to consider the possibilities for joint promotion aimed at increasing name recognition for the program and taxpayer participation. It was agreed that CheckOff Georgia could greatly benefit from a first-class, interactive, innovative website that would capture donor information and promote increased giving. Currently, CheckOff Georgia donors are unknown. Therefore agencies are unable to thank donors or provide them with more information about their programs and services. The proposed CheckOff Georgia website could provide the agencies with a unique opportunity to gather supporters’ names, solicit additional donations, and keep donors linked into information about their services. Learn more at www.georgiacancer.org.

2010 Technology Innovation Award Judging Panel

An esteemed panel of judges from both the nonprofit and for-profit business communities will assess the candidates.

Dave Barnes
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
History: 2007-9 Digital Ball Host and 2006-9 TIA Judge
Keith Boone
Senior Executive – Technology
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Dan Candeto
Director NA Global Information Technology
The Coca-Cola Company
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2009 Digital Ball Host
Larry Clark
Executive in Residence
Georgia State University
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2007-9 Digital Ball Host and 2006-9 TIA Judge
Vida Durant
CIO and VP of Technology
Hometown: Florence, SC
History: 2009 Digital Ball Host
Mike Hartness
Executive Vice President-Enterprise Delivery Services
SunTrust Bank, Inc.
Hometown: Macon, GA
Dave Kardesh
First Data
Hometown: Glen Cove, NY
History: 2006-7, 2009 Digital Ball Host and 2009 TIA Judge
Barb Kunkel
Troutman Sanders LLP
Hometown: Rochester, NY
History: 2007-9 Digital Ball Host and 2007-9 TIA Judge
Wes McDowell
VP & CIO, Georgia Region
Southern Company
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2008-9 Digital Ball Host and 2007-9 TIA Judge
Greg Morrison
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Hometown: Pinehurst, NC
History: 2003-9 Digital Ball Host and 2006-8 TIA Judge
Don Riley
Mohawk Industries
Hometown: San Jose, CA
History: 2008-9 Digital Ball Host and 2007-9 TIA Judge
Gerald Shields
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Steve Smith
Hometown: Denver, CO
Bill VanCuren
Hometown: Centerville, OH
Orinzal Williams
Executive Director, Information Technology
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
Hometown: Decatur, GA

2009 Technology Innovation Award Winner:

Connie Kirk
President & CEO
Tommy Nobis Center
Hometown: Albany, GA

2010 Technology Innovation Award Nominees

Assistance League of Atlanta
Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta Lab Rescue
Camp Horizon
Camp Kudzu, Inc.
Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Atlanta
Cherokee FOCUS
Ciudad de Angeles
Concerted Services, Inc.
Cool Girls, Inc.
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
Diabetes Association of Atlanta, Inc.
Disability Resource Center
enAble of Georgia, Inc.
Families First Inc.
First Step
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Georgia Radio Reading Service, Inc.
Georgia Urban Forest Council
Gilgal, Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
Girls on the Run of Atlanta, Inc. (GOTR)
Hands On Atlanta
Health Students Taking Action Together
Hope Through Divine Intervention Inc.
International Community School
Jewish Family & Career Services
Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties
Kate’s Club, Inc.
Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
kidz2leaders, inc.
Latin American and Caribbean Community Center
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Moultrie YMCA
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Black Arts Festival
Newton County Tomorrow, Inc. dba The Center for Community Preservation and Planning
Odyssey Family Counseling
Pebble Tossers, Inc.
Project GRAD Atlanta
PushPush Theater
Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
Real Life Center
Renovacion Conyugal
Sav A Life Ministry of Dublin, Inc. dba ABC Women’s Clinic
Southeast Association of Housing Cooperatives
Southface Energy Institute
Southwest Christian Care
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Inc.
Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, Inc. (SSETC)
Tapestri, Inc.
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS)
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Georgia Cancer Coalition
The Giving Tree, Inc.
The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum
TheatreSouth Atlanta, Inc.
Touch the Future, Inc.
Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc.
What A Day Adult Day Care Center