Charlotte’s Apparo Launching 2020 Economic Opportunity Award

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Apparo, a Charlotte nonprofit aimed at helping other local nonprofit organizations leverage technology, is now accepting submissions for two technology awards: the TechExec Community Impact Award and the Mission Possible: The Economic Opportunity Award.

The TechExec Community Impact Award celebrates Charlotte technology leaders with a proven track record of donating their time, talents, and financial support to nonprofits in need. Apparo honors the award winner at their fall Community Impact Breakfast, awarding them $5,000 of pro bono support to gift to a nonprofit of their choice. 2019’s TechExec Award winner was Courtney Ramey, Market Executive Director at Jabian Consulting. For more information about the TechExec award, please visit https://www.apparo.org/impact/techexec-community-impact-award/.

“The TechExec Award is an opportunity for Apparo to celebrate a technology professional who is using their expertise and influence for good,” Kim Lanphear, Apparo’s Chief Executive Officer, says. “Although IT professionals are usually behind the scenes, this award puts them in the spotlight and acknowledges them for their efforts.”

Apparo’s Mission Possible: The Economic Opportunity Award, in partnership with Accenture, focuses on helping local nonprofits who want to use technology to increase economic mobility in Charlotte. One lucky nonprofit will be awarded $10,000 in cash and receive an additional $50,000 in free consulting.

After an initial survey and consulting session, Apparo’s pro bono consultants work with nonprofits to brainstorm how technology can solve their biggest challenges. They then assist the nonprofits in building a proposal for a tech-based solution that can maximize the organization’s work. The Ada Jenkins Center, a community center located in Davidson, was the 2019 Mission Possible Award winner. Nonprofits can visit https://www.apparo.org/nonprofits/mission-possible/ to complete the survey and learn more about the award process.

“As we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to leverage technology has become more important to nonprofit organizations than ever before,” Lanphear explains. “The impact of this award can be seen throughout our community, in the ways previous winners are coming out stronger than ever through the crisis.”

Apparo is accepting nominations for the TechExec Community Impact Award until Tuesday, August 11. Eligible nonprofits interested in participating in the Mission Possible Award must complete a survey and schedule an initial consulting session by Friday, October 9.

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