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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 01:33

TITAN offers free website build to not-for-profits

TITAN offers free website build to not-for-profits Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Not-for-profit website builder The Institute of Technology for Australia and New Zealand (TITAN) has launched its Website Build and Match Fund Grant, giving not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to apply for a free new website build and receive tailored guidance and support from a diverse team of professionals.

TITAN is a not-for-profit company taking what it says is an innovative approach to engagement with the not-for-profit sector, backed by a skilled team of philanthropists, data scientists and business leaders.

The Website Build and Match Fund Grant is designed to enable not-for-profit organisations to establish or redevelop their website, with the aim of boosting digital presence and maximise fundraising efforts.

Additionally, subject to the Grant terms and conditions, TITAN will match donations received on the new website’s first campaign up to $1000 per successful applicant.

TITAN cites research revealing that 54% of Australian supporters state their preferred method of donating is giving online and 31% say social media is the primary channel that inspires them to give.

Currently however, TITAN says almost a quarter of Australian charities do not have a website, which puts them at a disadvantage and prevents them from future growth and opportunities.

TITAN is also running several other programs, including a Mentorship Program, where successful applicants will be matched with philanthropists and business leaders, and free Data Science Strategy sessions where successful organisations will have the opportunity to consult with professional data scientists who can work with the organisation to achieve identified goals.

Chief executive Luke Davids says the organisation recognises the difficultly in trying to establish a not-for-profit within an already competitive market that is saturated by well-known and well-funded charities.

“TITAN’s mission is to accelerate the access that small and medium-sized not-for-profits in Australia and New Zealand have to best practice digital tools,” he says.

“It’s vision is to fund large-scale digital projects that can have a measurable impact on the digital incomes of as many non-profits as possible.

“This is not just about charities and it’s not just about not-for-profits. We want to work with the sector collectively to transform and drive the adoption of cutting-edge digital solutions that have a real impact on people’s lives.”

TITAN says its funding sources include a coalition of high net-worth philanthropists who have recognised that funding technology projects for not-for-profits is one of the most powerful ways for their money to have impact – and by doing so, they seek to address what is currently said to be a major gap in the funding landscape.

The group also provides online resources, by way of podcasts, and conduct educational events where speakers and social entrepreneurs discuss various topics surrounding not-for-profit organisations and how to strengthen impact.

To be eligible for the programs, TITAN says not-for-profit organisations will ideally have a revenue range between $0.3 to $30 million, and for the Website Build and Match Fund Grant, applicants should understand “the ongoing costs of the website support, hosting and platform licence, that vary depending on the package chosen, are the sole responsibility of the organisation”.

For more information on TITAN click here, or to apply for the Website Build and Match Fund Grant go here.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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