Fund Helps Nonprofits with Strategic Technology Changes

In keeping with their practice of helping nonprofits deepen their capacity, the trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded more than $300,000 in grants to support technology improvements at four organizations.

The grants were among 24 awards valued at $1.9 million made by the trustees during their summer meeting.

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing received $135,622 to upgrade equipment, software and practices to improve efficiencies and restructure the organization’s technology operations. The changes will allow Jacksonville Speech & Hearing to transition from a stand-alone center to a connected health-care delivery network. This will allow the organization to serve people in rural or outlying areas and develop a network of sites across the community, broadening access to services. The changes were recommended as part of a comprehensive technology assessment. “The assessment truly opened our eyes in terms of ways we can use technology to transform Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center,” said CEO Mike Howland.

Family Foundations of Northeast Florida received $132,653 to upgrade its technology infrastructure, expand its client management system and provide all staff with mobile technology to more effectively connect with clients. As with Jacksonville Speech & Hearing, these changes are the result of a comprehensive assessment of the organization’s technology needs. “This investment in infrastructure and capacity will give Family Foundations an organizational focus on managing to outcomes for great impact,” said Martha Cox, chief strategy and development officer.

Two other organizations received funding to support technology assessments similar to those performed for Jacksonville Speech & Hearing and Family Foundations:

Children’s Home Society of Florida received $25,280 to support a technology assessment. Children’s Home Society provides an array of services – from counseling to adoption and foster care support – to children, teens and families across Florida.

Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, received $8,200 to conduct a technology assessment. The national education nonprofit promotes the ideals of a free society through programs provided at Valley Forge and through 30 chapters located across the country.