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”.