Aust needs strong non-profit sector, priest says
A capable non-profit "third sector" is necessary if Australia is to achieve economic resilience, social inclusion and stronger, more confident communities, according to Jesuit Fr Michael Kelly.
According to an announcement from the non-profit Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG), endorsed by Fr Kelly, CEO of Church Resources, this is a critical time for the not-for-profit sector, such as non-government schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, welfare agencies and other community groups.
The statement says Fr Kelly and Church Resources have been cooperating with ATUG and Community Information Strategies Australia in a new initiative to help the non-profit sector improve its information technology capabilities.
"In the same way that business and government have used technology, skills and purchasing power to transform processes and to improve outcomes, so must the non-profit sector," the statement said, "Government needs to support this sector-led approach with policy, programs and targeted funding. Industry also needs to be part of the journey with products, services and pricing plans designed to meet the needs of the sector."
According to the statement, the benefits of getting this right can't be overstated.
"Australia needs a strong and capable third sector as a key ingredient in the institutional mix from which we can achieve economic resilience, social inclusion and stronger, more confident communities."
"The sector's ability to imagine and execute a more demanding vision for the use of networked ICTs is going to be increasingly central to realising that ambition," it says.
Fr Kelly was among a number of presenters at a recent ATUG workshop on ways information technology can improve the non-profit sector.
Broadband and the Nonprofit sector (ATUG Opinion, 7/2/07)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG)
Church Resources Network - Opportunities in the Not-for-Profit sector (Michael Kelly)
Priest wants "unprecedented" non-profit broadband plan (CathNews, 18/12/06)
Non-profits need leading technology, Jesuit media guru says (CathNews, 10/11/06)
13 Feb 2007