June 3, 2013
Winner of the Social Enterprise of the Year -Small – presented by The Trust Company Foundation
Connecting Up is a not-for-profit (NFP) organisation with a mission to build the capacity of the broader NFP community. Connecting Up does this by offering a range of services focussed on providing unique opportunities for NFPs to access technology products and be educated through events and online resources.
Established in 1981, its social mission is to build the capacity of other NFPs by providing a range of resources and services, particularly in the area of technology use.
Connecting Up’s largest service, the Donations and Discounts Program, gives NFPs access to products from corporate donors such Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco and discounted NFP pricing on products such as refurbished computers and security software from Kaspersky. This unique program is only due to their relationship with TechSoup Global, an international network of NFPs. To date, Australian NFPs have accessed over $150 million worth of technology tools through Connecting Up’s program, saving $9,000 per year, on average.
Their more recent educational events have been well received by the NFP sector and include face-to-face workshops, online webinars and their annual conference. These events are complemented by their online Learning Centre that provides free access to educational articles on using various types of technology from networking hardware to social media.
Connecting Up also recognises the need for NFPs to grow their online presence in keeping up with the trends in Internet use. Their Directory of Australian NFPs and charities currently has over 50,000 listings and is the largest online directory dedicated to the sector.
Central to Connecting Up’s brand awareness is its online presence at www.connectingup.org, which is a leading source of information and is the hub of all its various services and receives over 50,000 visits per month.
Trading income from 2010-2012 is over $7 million and accounts for on average 90% of its income as a whole. The Adelaide-based organisation employs 13 full-time and three part-time staff and is assisted by 20 volunteers.
Connecting Up has built an extensive and engaged network of NFP professionals in its presence here in Australia but also in New Zealand and Asia where they help to run similar programs. They continue to look for ways to support the NFP sector, especially in supporting them in the use of technology for social change.