Grant strategies to build nonprofit capacity

Embracing Technology to achieve your mission; 2018 TechSoup Conference



 Author: Maria Hernandez-Curry


The TechSoup New Zealand Conference 2018 and annual New Zealand Charities Technology Awards Dinner held in Auckland were about sharing knowledge, problem solving and embracing technology to help our charitable organisations make a difference. They were also a great opportunity to celebrate technology innovation and service delivery excellence in New Zealand’s charitable sector.

Strategic Grants was privileged to be a sponsor, key note speaker and deliver a masterclass during the two-day conference and awards dinner. Our trans-Tasman team members from Brisbane, northern New South Wales, Wellington and Auckland (Kate Sunners, Andrew Thompson, Sarah Doherty and Maria Hernandez) attended to share our knowledge, learn from others and be inspired – with a great time had by all!

Technology innovation is changing the way that we do business. It changes the way that we create impact, how we work effectively and efficiently, manage relationships with our partners and the people we support, and how we measure our success. The changing tech landscape creates immense opportunity and challenge for the charitable sector, and it is great to be a part of an ongoing conversation about what is happening now, and what the possibilities are for the future.

The conference was kicked off with a choice of three master classes. On offer was a marketing masterclass about digital marketing strategies, tools and tips; a fundraising masterclass looking at current trends; and a grant seekers masterclass (run by our Kate and Andrew) who provided insight into writing and submitting winning grants in the digital era. Our masterclass covered what we know are the absolute fundamentals for a successful grants programme, essential digital tools and strategy required for grant seeking, and the growing importance of having a robust evaluation framework to measure impact. We had a great room of delegates attend our full day event who work across a variety of areas; ranging from large national organisations to small grassroots organisations.   

On the second day of the conference, delegates heard from several insightful keynote and stream presenters about all things tech, fundraising and efficiency related; including grant-seeking insights from Strategic Grants’ Kate and Andrew!

During the evening, the annual New Zealand Charities Technology Awards Dinner was a great event! It was inspiring to have so many innovators in one place and awesome to see a dynamic cross-sector of delegates including volunteers, executives, board members, directors and managers; as well as service providers in technology, online and digital media, community engagement, marketing, communications and fundraising come together and celebrate. TechSoupPhoto

Strategic Grants sponsored the Technology Innovator of the Year Award, presented by Sarah, our New Zealand Manager. There were two other finalists in this category – Access Community Radio Ak Inc and Volunteering New Zealand, however the prize was ultimately awarded to Safe Surfer. This Tauranga-based charity does amazing work by helping to filter harmful online content for children – and is now being used by more than 300,000 individuals in over 120 countries.

We are a proud partner of TechSoup New Zealand, which administers technology donation and discount programs to eligible not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand. TechSoup NZ is a programme run by Connecting Up Inc. (a not-for-profit set up to power other not-for-profits in the digital era across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia).

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to look at becoming a TechSoup member. Check out their website here. Strategic Grants also provide TechSoup members a discount on our GEM Portal and GEM Local grants management systems.