Technology Benchmarking Report Shows Australian Charities Slow to Embrace the Social Web
He strongly criticised both State and Federal Governments for their piece-meal efforts to address technology capacity development for nonprofits across. He pointed out that the previous Commonwealth Government commissioned a study to address the need for a National Nonprofit ICT Coalition, along the lines of the highly successful UK ICT Hub for charities and voluntary organisations. Despite publicly endorsing the report’s recommendations while in Opposition, he said the current Government has taken no action on the key issues since being elected.
Jacquier went on “This is despite governments of all persuasions being able to find billions to invest in technology infrastructure and capacity development for the government and business sectors. Meanwhile Australia’s ‘Third Sector’, which generates more GDP than the IT sector itself, is left to fend as best it can, often while delivering services on behalf of Government.”
The ‘Are We There Yet?’ report from Connecting Up Australia, including recommendations, can be downloaded at http://www.connectingup.org/NFPtechnologysurvey2008, along with the detailed survey results and case studies prepared by Digital Business Insights.
About Connecting Up Australia
CISA Inc t/a Connecting Up Australia www.connectingup.org is a community-based nonprofit organisation. It operates the DonorTec technology donation program for nonprofits www.donortec.com.au (which has channelled over $30m in technology donations to nonprofits in the past two years), the annual Connecting Up conference on nonprofit technology issues www.connectingup.org/conference, which takes place in Sydney in May this year, and the annual Australian Community Technology Awards. In 2008 its CEO, Doug Jacquier, was named Innovator of the Year award in the Equity Trustees Nonprofit CEO Awards.