We have some very exciting news to share as we announce 501cTECH’s merger with Philadelphia-based Tech Impact, which is the nation’s leading nonprofit technology services organization and the operator of an award winning IT training program for youth. We have worked alongside our colleagues at Tech Impact for more than a decade. First, as part of the NPower Network created by Microsoft to deliver affordable and sustainable solutions to community based nonprofits like yours and then as partners with Tech Soup.
As you may know, since 2003 501cTECH’s Technology Innovation Awardshave recognized D.C. area nonprofits who put technology to use in an innovative way to improve key aspects of their operations and help advance their missions. It has also served as a reminder that technology is just as important to nonprofits as it is to large corporations.
Nonprofits may submit applications in the following three programmatic areas:
PreK-12 and STEM Education, sponsored by CenturyLink
Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development, Sponsored by Accenture
Veterans and Military Families, Sponsored by BAE Systems
Applicants must designate which one they believe most closely aligns with their project idea, but the cause area you select does not need to be the sole focus of the organization. If you can explain how your project applies to one of these categories and advances your nonprofit’s mission, we strongly encourage you to apply.
Past winners have included the YWCA of the National Capital Area, The Arc of Northern Virginia, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Winners have completed a wide range of projects that empowered them through digital capabilities, including web-based learning portals, comprehensive salesforce customization, mobile application development, and innovative social media strategy. Their stories can be found on 501cTECH’s blog, and a full list of past winners and their projects are available on 501cTECH’s website.
This is a unique opportunity to turn that great idea you’ve been holding onto into a reality and we would love to help you do it. The deadline to apply isFriday, July 1 at 5 p.m.
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 Kathy Siefert, Director of Development at Alexandria Seaport Foundation. This follow-up survey is designed to serve as a resource for understanding how grants serve nonprofits, and what obstacles grant recipients might encounter while implementing projects.
The Alexandria Seaport Foundation was the recipient of $7,500 in grant money to put towards STEM on the Potomac, a middle school initiative that uses wooden boats, the natural environment, and technology to improve students' STEM skills. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation's proposal outlined that the grant would support the purchase of SeaPerch kits, containing tools for building Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs); the purchase of tools to build an OpenROV (an open source robot); and the purchase of navigation software. Collectively, these were to serve as the foundation for a unique water-based STEM curriculum that would allow students to build and launch these ROVs, measure a variety of relevant data, and learn navigation skills.
Q: Where you able to use the $7,500 to make the purchases outlined in your proposal?
Yes, the $7,500 went to the purchase of the SeaPerch kits, the software and the execution of the project.
Q: How many students are using the Kits, OpenROV and software (across programs) and what kind of feedback have you received since implementing the program?
The judges represented the collective perspective of both for-profit and non-for-profit organizations. Technology executives from leading companies including, but not limited to, Accenture, Amazon Web Services, and CenturyLink, as well as leaders from Good360, the National Military Family Association and Alexandria Seaport Foundation, 2014 Technology Innovation Award winners, worked together to assess the merits of each application.
The judges evaluated innovative plans put forward by local nonprofits in the cause areas of PreK-12 and STEM Education, Skills to Succeed & Workforce Development, and Veterans and Military Families. Particular emphasis was placed on identifying which organizations presented the most innovative technology projects that would have the biggest impact on the communities they serve.
With a record number of applications this year, the decision was not easy. While the panel sought to select two finalists in each of the three cause areas, seven finalists were chosen due to a tie in the Skills to Succeed category.
This year, the following organizations have been selected:
The Small Nonprofit Initiative was created for organizations with budgets under $1M that provide critical services to Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C. Most of these organizations have outdated technology, most of which is often broken and expensive to maintain.
For these nonprofits, technology is more of a burden than a resource and that's what we're trying to change with the Small Nonprofit Initiative.
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