Regional leaders of the IT industry support nonprofit TechBridge with more than $1.2 million to improve communities.
ATLANTA, GA – May 19, 2016 – TechBridge®, a nonprofit that improves communities by transforming nonprofits’ abilities to serve, held its 16th annual Digital Ball® that raised $1.2 million to subsidize IT consulting services and implementations for the nonprofit community. More than 100 sponsors, including 16th year running presenting sponsor Accenture and marquee sponsors Dell Services, IBM/The Weather Company, Infor, and The Coca-Cola Company celebrated and supported the mission of TechBridge at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Digital Ball co-chairs Janet Sherlock, CIO of Carter’s, and Bryson Koehler, EVP & CIO of The Weather Company were joined by their industry peers who served as Digital Ball Hosts. The black-tie event attracted over 800 IT, business and nonprofit leaders and guests. The evening honored Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS) with the presentation of the 15th annual Technology Innovation Award, given by Accenture. ACSS prepares homeless individuals to become economically self-sufficiency through various workforce development programs.
We want to be able to connect homeless individuals to job opportunities as quickly and as effectively as possible. For us to win TechBridge’s Technology Innovation Award, given by Accenture, is a momentous step forward that will propel our vision into becoming reality.
—Dana Johnson, CEO and President of Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS)
The organization was chosen out of 43 nominees by a panel of Atlanta’s leading technology professionals to receive more than $30,000 in TechBridge services, software and cash to implement its technology vision. ACSS will use the award to implement a system that will track and report program data, streamline documentation and eliminate the clutter of physical papers and files enhancing their ability to track client data to better produce reports for program outcomes, donors and supporters as well as internal evaluations.
The two finalists, Midtown Assistance Center and Families of Children Under Stress, Inc. (FOCUS), were also recognized and each received a prize worth more than $2,500, including a TechBridge technology assessment and a cash award.
Our partnership with TechBridge on the Technology Innovation Award enables us to transform the way in which Georgia nonprofits are delivering their services. Thanks to the Award, nonprofits like the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency can apply innovative technology to better serve homeless individuals in Atlanta. We thank applaud our IT Executive Judging Panel for selecting such a deserving Award recipient. —Jimmy Etheredge, Senior Managing Director – Products North America Lead of 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 Atlanta Mission. Darryl Russ, VP of Men’s Services at The Atlanta Mission, returned this year to share how the 2015 Digital Ball crowd adopted the Atlanta Mission’s technology project that empowered them to cut their intake time for processing homeless individuals into their care in half—saving them 20 hours each week they redirected to forming more relationships with more homeless individuals.
In less than 15 minutes attendees pledged over $36,000, exceeding the campaign goal of $35,000 for the benefit of HOPE Atlanta, a nonprofit that provides a comprehensive approach to address homelessness and provide solutions that promote lifelong stability. The crowdfunding adoption sponsor, EMC/VMware, contributed an additional $20,000—bringing the total to $56,000 in pledges to support HOPE Atlanta’s vision to leverage technology to track individual progress and community outcomes of their programs.
The opportunity to share our story at TechBridge’s Digital Ball was truly amazing. We know that we will be able to grow our service to the Atlanta community exponentially through TechBridge’s expert partnership. We can’t wait to empower more individuals with permanent housing opportunities that will fuel their growth and enable them to thrive. —Edward Powers, Executive Director of HOPE Atlanta
For more information on how to support or participate in the Adopt-a-Nonprofit program as well as other TechBridge programs that improves communities through nonprofits’ abilities to serve, visit techbridge.org.
About the TechBridge Digital Ball
The Digital Ball, TechBridge’s signature fundraising gala, brings together the region’s community leaders to celebrate the impact technology can have in strengthening nonprofits’ ability to serve. TechBridge’s Digital Ball raises funds to support its mission and services to nonprofits throughout the year. Plans for the 17th annual Digital Ball are underway.
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 (now in Alabama and Georgia), unite the technology community to celebrate the impact technology can have in strengthening our community. For more information about TechBridge, go to techbridge.org.