Thursday, June 28, 2012

Colorado Wildfires: Using Technology to Help Manage Donations


The State of Colorado Office of Emergency Management is working across the State to battle the wide-spreading wildfires. They are also using the National Donations Management Network to coordinate donations of goods and services.

They have set up www.helpcoloradonow.org as a website to outline all the ways you can help. If you wish to view what the relief organizations are listing as "needed items" you can visit the website and click on the link for “Material Donations.” The links will identify the requesting relief organization and put you directly in contact with them to make a matching donation.

The Colorado “needed items” page includes requests for items such as:
- chainsaws
- tool trailers
- cleaning supplies
- camping gear (tents, sleeping bags)
- personal hygiene products
- and much more.

Visit www.helpcoloradonow.org for details on how to help.

Aidmatrix Uses Microsoft's New Local Impact Map Technology to Highlight Impactful Stories of our Humanitarian Relief Partners

New tool puts nonprofit storytelling on the map

Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs at Microsoft explains why Microsoft is launching the Local Impact Map for nonprofits, a new tool that provides a compelling way to share stories and impact.

More than ever before, there is a growing need among nonprofits to effectively communicate stories of their impact on society. After all, how can nonprofits gain the support they need through volunteerism and donations without building awareness of what they can accomplish? In fact, the power and necessity of storytelling for nonprofits was a big topic at the recent Social Innovation Summit in May, which our own Akhtar Badshah attended.

It’s why today, we’re launching the Microsoft Local Impact Map for nonprofits and for commercial organizations who wish to showcase their Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Originally developed to help showcase the impact of our Citizenship programs in more than 100 countries around the world, we’re now offering the application to nonprofits at no cost, with a monthly charge of just $15 to host the map online via Microsoft Azure. Using the built-in content management system, nonprofits can now create their own customized maps to showcase their work in local communities around the globe incorporating text, pictures and videos. The map also includes a host of social media capabilities so stories can be easily shared and promoted.

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The Aidmatrix Foundation utilizes their Local Impact Map to highlight impactful stories of their humanitarian relief partners around the globe.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Aidmatrix featured in Avanade Webinar 11am CST TODAY


Society for Information Management (SIM) Regional Leadership Forum Presents:

How information technology is providing ready access to aid globally!
Hosted by: SIM RLF Thought Leadership Webinar Series 2012
When: Today - June 21, 2012 @ 11:00 am CT
Who Should Attend: Open to All IT Industry Executives, SIM Members, RLF Participants and Graduates, 11am Central Time, contact info for all webinars below. Be sure to share with your friends.
Speaker: Michael Ross, CIO and VP of Operations, The Aidmatrix Foundation,  www.aidmatrix.org,

Join online meeting (Sponsored by Avanade, Inc.)
Join by Phone +1 (206) 971-2624 
 Conference ID: 76580828

Overview:
Aidmatrix , a SIM RLF member organization, is a small non-profit that is doing extraordinary things. Born of i2 to serve non-profits with supply chain software solutions, their customer base is a who's who of international and national relief, aid organizations and sponsoring businesses; Feeding America, FEMA, Save the Children, CRS, CARE International, Children International, Adventist Community Services, The Global FoodBanking Network, Fareshare (foodbanking network in the UK), NATO EADRCC, UPS Foundation, Accenture, Avanade, and Microsoft, to name just a few.

Enabling 40,000+ partners through their relief programs and solutions to mobilize $1.5 billion in aid annually: Programs include development, disaster, hunger, medical, education, and more.

Join us as Michael Ross, CIO and VP of Operations, and SIM DFW Board Member, shares the Aidmatrix story and the way that technology is enabling Aidmatrix to provide world-class, cost effective solutions to their partners and customers. Perhaps this entrepreneurial non-profit can lead you to rethink your own operation. Perhaps the stories of relief will renew your desire to find a way to give back to a community in your neck of the woods or to find a way to join Aidmatrix in their quest to end world hunger.

Participate in what promises to be a powerful discussion of applied leadership. Interact with Michael Ross and explore this empowering topic. Share you POV with IT leaders across the country. Learn ways to further your growth and learn to change. See you there!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pontis Foundation Expands Relationship with Aidmatrix

The Pontis Foundation leverages Aidmatrix’ SCM4Giving to maximize their impact and the impact of their donors.  The organization is also partnering with Aidmatrix to explore opportunities to provide Slovakian and Czech at risk youth the business and technology “Skills to Succeed” in their local economies.


A SupraNet Communications Partnership: The Aidmatrix Foundation

In an industry as diverse and as rapidly changing as the Internet, it has become common for customers to switch providers frequently to keep up with their own changing business demands. At SupraNet, we value our client relationships and pride ourselves on our client retention rate. We aim to grow with our client's evolving needs, and in turn, more than 60% of our clients have been with us for over 5 years, with almost 20% having been with us for 10 years or more.

In 2005, The Aidmatrix Foundation began their business partnership with SupraNet. When more than 40,000 leading business, nonprofit and government partners leveraging solutions from Aidmatrix to mobilize more than $1.5 billion in aid annual, CEO Governor McCallum finds that being able to rely on SupraNet is vital. He states, “SupraNet has always been a reliable partner. We can do our job because we can count on SupraNet doing their job.” SupraNet is able to support the influx of activity to some of Aidmatrix’s critical online humanitarian-relief systems. It is this type of reliability and focus on customer service that makes SupraNet stand apart from other Internet Service Providers.

Read the full story at http://www.supranet.net/aidmatrix

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New/Expanding Team Members from Europe


Experienced Humanitarian Logisticians such as Loic Cohn (in photo) and Olivier Gogni, based out of Southern France, provide us field deployment expertise that is expert, multi-lingual and in close proximity to many of the field operations we support. This expanded staff in Europe builds upon the deep SCM and Technology experience that our German office has provided to the global relief community since 2005.