2019 DREAM BIG TECHNOLOGY GRANT WINNERS
Advocates for Children to Use Cloud to Better Connect Foster Care, Runaway Services, Shelters, Children/Family Programs
Advocates for Children
“We are so honored to be a recipient of the TechBridge Dream Big Grant! We know that this comprehensive assessment and all the tools and learnings will help us achieve our goals of measuring our impact in the communities we serve.”
– RACHEL CASTILLO
President & CEO
With a footprint in 11 Georgia counties, Advocates for Children needs better tech tools to make information accessible to client advocates working in various child abuse prevention centers. Based in Cartersville, Advocates for Children offers safety and hope to children and prevents child abuse in all its forms serving Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, North Fulton, and Pickens counties.
Recently, a panel of Georgia CIOs, CTOs and other Information Technology leaders voted to award Advocates grant funds specifically designed to help this worthy nonprofit fulfill its missions. This Dream Big Technology Grant will allow a team of TechBridge nonprofit tech specialists to assess what Advocates needs, gather system requirements and select appropriate software to create a cloud-based data system accessible to program directors at its various centers.
Data Will Provide Deeper Understanding for Black Women’s Wellness
Center for Black Women’s Wellness
“Improved data management would allow CBWW to not only benefit from being more efficient and effective, but accomplish the most important goal, which is to have a deeper understanding of the community in which we serve and how to better serve them.”
– APRIL REID
Wellness Program Manager
Thirty years ago the Center for Black Women’s Wellness formed as the program arm of Byllye Avery’s National Black Women’s Health Project and continues to operate near downtown Atlanta to improve the health and wellbeing of underserved Black women and their families. CEO Jemea Dorsey describes how women dealing with health issues and living in low income communities are often uninsured or under-insured to get proper treatment. One of the 2019 TechBridge Dream Big Technology Grants (created to help nonprofits with technology hurdles) was awarded by a panel of CIOs, CTOs and foundation leaders to the Center. This CBWW project grants funds to conduct a needs analysis and implement a data strategy and reporting solution to capture clinical and program data.
“Construction Ready” Grads with Construction Employers
Construction Education Foundation of Georgia
CEO & President of CEFGA Scott Shelar expressed his enthusiasm for the tech project and the grant, “We are extremely excited to have been selected for TechBridge’s Dream Big Award!” As a Westside Works partner, TechBridge and CEFGA had already indirectly and directly collaborated together through the “no closed doors” initiative of CHRIS 180 on the Westside.
Known in Georgia for its K12 Pipeline and its Construction Ready program through the Technical College System of Georgia, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, CEFGA, has been upping its game using smarter technology strategies. This week CEFGA learned that a panel of Georgia CIOs, CTOs and foundation leaders awarded it funds to implement exponent case management and data strategy solutions that will prepare CEFGA for a cloud-based platform –a dedicated job board– to better connect graduates of our training programs with quality construction companies seeking new talent.
CEFGA is supported by AGC Georgia, Atlanta CareerRise, Arthur M. Blank Family, Build Cobb Partnership, Annie E Casey Foundation, Georgia Dept of Education, Georgia Highway Contractors Association, Georgia Power, HB NEXT, Holder, Home Depot, Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation, MetroPower, New South Construction, Parrish Construction, Roof Depot, SkillsUSA, Southern Company, Technical College System of Georgia, TradeFive, and others.
Pro Bono Lawyers to Get Portal to Defend Victims of Crime and Persecution
Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network
“At GAIN, we work with trained volunteer attorneys to provide free immigration legal services to immigrant victims of crime and persecution in a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed environment. With our new JusticeServer case management system, our GAIN staff will be empowered to collect more information about the clients we serve and the cases we represent, and we can enhance our delivery of quality legal services through intuitive and data-driven strategies. We are so thankful for the TechBridge DreamBig Grant and all that we will accomplish together!”
– KATE MCNEELY,
Director of Development
Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network, GAIN, needs an effective and customizable case management solution in order to connect pro bono lawyers with immigrants who are victims of crimes and persecution. TechBridge assembled a judging panel of CIOs, CTOs and foundation leaders who selected five nonprofit organizations for special technology grants to nonprofits. Technology matches expertise with legal cases, as well as a way to track and monitor the progression of these to resolution and outcomes. JusticeServer is a case management and volunteer attorney portal solution designed and used by legal services organizations. TechBridge built this system on the Salesforce.com platform, partially subsidized by Salesforce.org and in collaboration with the legal services organizations.
Advocates for Abused, Neglected Children Need Technology
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates
“It is with the expertise and financial support of TechBridge that we are confident we can turn our dream into a reality to provide more robust, predictive, and correlative data management tools for our statewide CASA network of more than 3,000 child advocates. The new skills gained will have a direct impact on the quality of advocacy for more than 11,500 children experiencing foster care in Georgia. Thank you TechBridge for your encouragement and investment.”
– JENNIFER KING,
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates, Georgia CASA, supports the best interests of abused or neglected children involved in juvenile court dependency proceedings with court-sanctioned programs that provide trained/supervised volunteers to advocate on their behalf. With 47 CASA affiliates serving 151 of Georgia’s 159 counties and supporting more than 2,700 CASA volunteers advocating across the state, Georgia CASA is seeking more robust, predictive, and correlative data management tools. The Dream Big Technology Grant judging panel of Georgia CIOs, CTOs, and foundation leaders approved grant funding to support a comprehensive assessment with a roadmap to support this aim.