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Partnering technology to make real and lasting change

World Vision
23 September 2014 by Tim Costello
Partnering technology to make real and lasting change

Microsoft Managing Director Pip Marlow – who is also a child sponsor – with World Vision Chief Executive Tim Costello. Photo: Lucy Aulich/World Vision

At World Vision we are continually looking to improve the experience for our supporters and  ensure as much of the generous donations we receive go to improving the lives of children and communities in need throughout the world.

That’s why today I’m excited to announce that World Vision Australia has signed a partnership with Microsoft that will help enhance the supporter experience and make more funds available to the field.

Microsoft has generously donated $4 million worth of software that will help transform the way our staff work and collaborate, advancing World Vision’s customer relationship management system so we can better target the information our Australian supporters receive. Most importantly, it will also result in significant savings, making even more funds available for our work in the field – where it is needed most.

I recently met with Pip Marlow, Microsoft’s Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand (pictured) and was encouraged by her enthusiasm and commitment to help us achieve our goals. What else is encouraging is that World Vision is part of Microsoft’s long history of supporting the Australian non-for-profit community.

In fact, Microsoft has donated more than $50 million of software throughout Australia in the last financial year alone. But what really excites me about this partnership is that it is just the beginning.

We’re connecting Microsoft staff with our programs in Australia. Microsoft staff will be invited to volunteer with our Young Mob Leadership Program which helps young indigenous Australians gain skills in public speaking and leadership, and learn more about their culture.

We thank Microsoft and all of our partners for their generosity, commitment and their vision to explore the opportunities to fight poverty together.

Tim Costello Tim Costello

Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Australia, husband to Merridie, proud father of 3, and a long-time social justice campaigner.


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