WASHINGTON, DC; Nov. 11, 2016 – Tech Impact, the nation’s leading nonprofit technology services organization, announced the recipients of their Technology Innovation Awards, Technology Community Builder Award, and Technology Citizenship Award last night at their annual Celebration of Technology event, held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, DC.
Guest post from Shana Heilbron, Chief Development & Communications Officer, YWCA National Capital Area. The YWCA National Capital Area was a 2013 Technology Innovation Award winner. Two years later, she reflects on the impact of receiving the award.
The definition of innovation is simple "something new or different introduced" - at least that's what my quick Google research came up with. For us in the nonprofit community, it means new ways of doing things; of executing; of providing the best possible services we can in our community.
For the YWCA National Capital Area, it was offering a distance learning literacy program to our adult students; for others, it's new mobile applications, the Cloud, social media...the list goes on, and on. Bottom line, technology is making a name for itself in the non-profit sector here in the Washington, DC region, and it's helping us to deliver our services better, and improve the way we do 'business.'
WASHINGTON, DC; Nov. 6, 2015 – 501cTECH announced the selection of Hopecam, the Arc of Northern Virginia, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors as the winners of the 2015 Technology Innovation Awards. The announcement was made at 501cTECH’s annual Celebration of Technology Event, held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center. The Technology Innovation Awards honor DC-area nonprofits with $7,500 to put towards bringing innovative technology projects to life. Now in its twelfth year, these Technology Innovation Awards have helped over two dozen resource-strapped nonprofits overcome monetary restraints and so that they can have a greater impact in the community. A record number of applications were received for the awards this year. Our process focuses on identifying applicants who have a measurable impact on the community. The Awards were the highlight of the Celebration of Technology, which was made possible by generous sponsors including Accenture, CenturyLink, BAE Systems,Clark Construction,Amazon Web Services, Capital One, Deloitte and SapientNitro, who recognize that investing in nonprofit technology is critical to the success of the nonprofit community. Artwork created by students of Project Create, a 501cTECH’s Small Nonprofit Transformation Initiative beneficiary, added to the festive atmosphere. The artwork served as a reminder of how technology can change lives and create opportunities, one person at a time.
Technology Innovation Award Winners
The three winners fell into each of the following categories: PreK-12 and STEM Education, Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development, and Veterans and Military Families.
Questions answered by Joyce Raezer, Executive Director at the National Military Family Association. This follow-up survey was designed to serve as a resource for understanding how grants serve nonprofits, and what obstacles grant recipients might encounter while implementing projects.
The Project was to add a new, crucial feature to a recently launched mobile app, MyMilitaryFamily. According to the application, this feature would allow military spouses to add content and recommend resources to their peers around the country. This was expected to be an essential tool to capture the more informal community support that was currently happening on platforms like Facebook. The hypothesis was that this social feature would increase engagement and habitual usage of the app.