Monday, December 19, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Corporate Disaster Resource Network (CDRN) National Stakeholder Council Formation Dinner: 23 corporate and 3 government officials were present and interacted with the Governor and the Aidmatrix Idnia team with a focus how improve and grow the CDRN. The CDRN is a web based supply chain management system that helps Relief agencies, Response agencies and Local governments access and feed in real time information on products and services required for emergency humanitarian relief.
Aidmatrix received the "Best IT Implementation for Greatest Social Impact" from PCQuest at an award function organized by Cybermedia Group
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Aidmatrix India hosted a symposium, organised in collaboration with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, on "Preparedness & Relief management at times of emergencies & natural disasters." 40 Companies and 4 government officials attended the event.
Governor McCallum was also interviewed by the Economic Times in India, which you can read here
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Polio awareness campaign at I-League
IMG Reliance and the I-League have joined hands with the polio eradication campaign ‘India Unite to End Polio Now’ (IUEPN).
On the opening weekend of the I-League (October 22 and 23), there will be an awareness campaign in Kolkata and Pune which will include distribution of t-shirts, visors and banners to fans at the match venues, a press release said.
Following matches would be covered as a part of the initiative: Pune FC v/s Shilong Lajong (at Pune), East Bengal vs Churchill Brothers (Kolkata) (both today) and Indian Arrows vs Mohun Bagan Ac (Kolkata); Air India vs Mumbai FC (Pune) (both tomorrow).
IUEPN is an initiative of Aidmatrix Foundation, supported by UNICEF, and a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), World Health Organisation (WHO), National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP), Rotary International and US Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
The I-League started today and will go on till April 2012 end.
Fourteen teams are participating in the League, comprising 182 matches across 26 rounds.
UNICEF Polio Eradication Communication Specialist, Rod Curtis, appreciated the I-League and IMG Reliance’s support to India’s fight against the crippling disease.
“For far too long, polio has been crippling children but we are now in sight of a polio-free India,” he said.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Pick up a copy of the October 2011 issue to read the full article
Meet The CEO: Scott McCallum
When Scott McCallum, former Governor of Wisconsin, told me his management style was perfection, I'll admit I doubted him. But from the second our interview began precisely at the appointed hour, McCallum proved that striving for perfection is a worth and attainable goal. For him, at least. As the President and CEO of Irving-based Aidmatrix, the leading global technology nonprofit, McCallum conducts business on six continents, reaching 65 million people and handling $1.5 billion worth of products annually. And he does it all with just 50 employees. "We're very efficient," McCallum says. With 96 percent of company funds going towards programming, that's an understatement. "If your heart is in the right place," he says, "the other things will follow." From cataloging warehouses in India to tracking food donations from the United States to developing countries, Aidmatrix is upgrading the world of humanitarian relief.
[The following are select parts of the interview. Read the unabridged interview by picking up a copy of D Magazine Ocotober 2011]
Title: President and CEO
Best part of your job: Our mission is immensely satisfying. To have the opportunity to help so many people on a large scale is really amazing.
Life in the office: Everybody is so driven. It's a team atmosphere with everyone willing to help each other but still understanding we have a job to be done.
Management Style: It's very easy to understand me. All I expect is perfection. I definitely run the office like I did my kids' basketball teams. I had a 97-5 overall coaching record with my sons, but some of those best learning experiences were the losses. Basketball is a game of mistakes, just like life. At Aidmatrix, there have been occasions when we celebrated mistakes because we'd learned from them. I don't want us to be so risk-adverse that we're afraid to make mistakes.
Strengths: Surrounding myself with good people. I'm also a very hard worker
Something people don't know about you: I get up at 4 a.m. and go to the gym every day.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Aidmatrix Choice System Featured in Interview with Feeding America Online User Support Specialist in issuu.com/universumusa
Text by Liz Seasholtz for issuu.com/universumusa
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Read more about Aidmatrix's partnership with Feeding America and the Choice System
Q: How did you first become interested in Feeding America?
A: I worked in IT for a long time, but September 11th changed the IT industry completely, and I was laid off. I then realized I had options for my career: I wanted to find a deeper meaning to life and work somewhere I could make a difference. I started looking into nonprofits, and heard about Feeding America from a friend. Truthfully, at that point I realized how ignorant I was about hunger in the U.S. Now I'm helping solve the problem.
Q: What is your favorite service offered?
A: Selfishly, because I work on it, the Choice System. The Choice System is a web-based application that allows members to acquire product donations made available through the national office. I've been working with it for five years and I'm involved in all aspects of it.
Q: What perception of Feeding America do you want others to have?
A: When I started working with Feeding America, there was a stigma associated with working for nonprofits, that it may not be as rewarding as the corporate world. I now know better and disagree. In the nonprofit world, I have found personal gratification, talented and very diverse colleagues, and a family-like atmosphere with people that care about their jobs and care about the mission. I am no longer making the rich richer. I am Feeding America! And there's nothing more attractive and important to me than that.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
- Focus on Impact, measurable and demonstrable impact. Makes sure organizations are held more accountable. Increasing emphasis on collecting real-time data: RFID & Commodity Tracking.
- Leverage: How can they leverage fairly targeted investments of funding skills, in-kind, into having a broader impact? UPS has been bringing in other partners to help with this.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
- Keith Thode, Chief Operating Officer