Creating strategic community projects that build on telecommunications technology, reach and resources to support the community and make a significant positive social impact, is a key stream of the Foundation's activities.
In a united initiative to support charitable giving in Australia, the country’s leading telcos – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone Australia – are embarking on a 12 month pilot program of Premium SMS (PSMS) donations. Co-ordinated by a working group brought together by Telco Together Foundation, the pilot will involve up to 15 registered charities and commence in July 2015.
In March 2015, Australian charities were invited to submit an Expressions of Interest to participate in the pilot. Submissions closed Wednesday 8th April 2015 and selected charities will be notified on May 6th 2015.
Our Charity Insights Project aims to capture a meaningful view of the common issues and challenges faced by organisations in the Australian not-for-profit (NFP) sector. Insights gained will be used to define future funded programs that better support NFP organisational needs. If you work for a NFP organisation, we would love to hear about the types of challenges you face at work via our online survey. All survey participants can also choose to enter the draw to win a $300 gift voucher as an added incentive.
3. On Bill Donations Pilot Program
With over 25 million bills being distributed monthly to customers, a significant opportunity exists to enable small donations on monthly telecommunications invoices.
Telco Together has developed a program that facilitates this donation mechanism and has the potential to raise significant funds in support of Australians in need. A pilot on bill donations program is currently being trialed.
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Our first community project - Apps4Change - launched in October 2013 and involves facilitating the use of mobile technology in a charitable context. Telco Together has developed the Apps4Change program to raise awareness in the not-for-profit sector about the use of mobile applications for improving service delivery and fundraising outcomes.
The Foundation is also in the process of developing a program that facilitates donations through Premium SMS technology.
Visit www.apps4change.org.au for more information.
To explore some of the causes supported by Telco Together, click here