NetHope Announces Three New Founding Partners of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit Box, NetSuite, and Avanade

NetHope Communications Team
Nan Hall, Communications Director, 
nan.hall@nethope.org | 206-604-5118
Ric Brewer, Communications Manager, ric.brewer@nethope.org | 206-276-5200


DUBLIN –
NetHope, a consortium of nearly 60 leading global nonprofits with a mission to change the world through the power of technology, announced Box, Oracle NetSuite, and Avanade have committed to becoming founding partners of its newest initiative, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit.

Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope, announced the new founding partners today during her keynote at the NetHope Global Summit 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. This event has drawn over 500 attendees from global nonprofits around the world, which collectively deliver over 60 percent of all annual, international, non-governmental aid.

As founding partners of The Center, Box, NetSuite, and Avanade have signaled their intention to play both a strategic and practical role. They will invest money, products, and expertise in The Center. Each brings distinctive strengths and opportunities to this collaboration, and they join forces with three initial founding partners and technology leaders: Microsoft, Okta, and Blackbaud.

“These new entrants present exciting implications for The Center and our goal of digitally transforming the global nonprofit sector to improve the world we share, explained Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope. “The only way we can do this important work is through collaboration, and collaboration is at the heart of the Box business model. Innovation can’t be achieved without strong system infrastructure in place. That’s why for us, this work with NetSuite is a key entry point into digital transformation for nonprofit organizations. Avanade brings an incredible brain trust of digital innovation capabilities and knowledge of the Microsoft technologies. When you combine the incredible global reach of these partners, The Center is really poised for success.”

“It’s a tremendous privilege and opportunity to engage with The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. While we see remarkable innovation in the nonprofit sector, many organizations face capacity challenges that hinder their digital transformation. We believe that organizations committed to doing good and serving others need transformative technology partners that will help them be more connected, productive, and effective in achieving their goals,” said Bryan Breckenridge, Executive Director of Box.org, Box’s social impact initiative, which provides more than 7,000 nonprofit organizations with the capacity-building resources they need to innovate and fulfill their mission.

“NetHope provides access to world-class tools, resources, and technology for member organizations,” said Evan Goldberg, executive vice president of development, Oracle NetSuite. “As one of the founding partners of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, we are excited to support this amazing initiative by helping put the power of cloud technology into the hands of nonprofits around the world. By providing NetHope members access to our technology, we are helping organizations operate more efficiently so they can focus resources on expanding their missions rather than running their back office.”

“Avanade launched Technology for Social Good with the ambition to become a trusted partner to nonprofit organizations and the social sector. In partnership with Microsoft Philanthropies, we will help nonprofits to digitally transform and innovate with Microsoft technologies. NetHope’s Center for the Digital Nonprofit enables us to become part of the fabric of the social sector, bringing our ambition one step closer to reality,” said Pamela Maynard, Avanade Executive Sponsor, Technology for Social Good and President, Product and Innovation.

Today, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit also announced the release of its second white paper this year, The Digital Nonprofit Skills Assessment, which was sponsored by #ImpactCloud members, a group that also includes Box.org and Oracle NetSuite.

About Box

Box is the cloud content management company that empowers enterprises to revolutionize how they work by securely connecting their people, information, and applications. Founded in 2005, Box powers more than 87,000 businesses globally and 69 percent of the Fortune 500, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&G, and The GAP. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

About Oracle NetSuite

For more than 20 years, Oracle NetSuite has helped organizations grow, scale and adapt to change. NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based applications, which includes financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR, professional services automation and omnichannel commerce, used by more than 15,000 customers in 203 countries and dependent territories.

About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally connected people across 24 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at www.avanade.com.

About NetHope and The Center for the Digital Nonprofit

NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. NetHope, a consortium of nearly 60 leading global nonprofits, unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it.

In fall 2017, NetHope launched The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, an initiative that pulls the future forward so that international nonprofits can “Do good better.” Through innovation and collaboration, The Center brings together the expertise of the technology sector with the on-the-ground experience of global nonprofits to create a network for committed, forward-looking organizations to improve the world we share. The Center has three areas of focus: People, Process, and Technology. By providing the guidance, resources and tools, and grantmaking needed for digital transformation, The Center helps nonprofits achieve the promise of tomorrow today.

NetHope Members

Accion, ActionAid, Americares, Ashoka, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, ChildFund International, Children International, Christian Aid, Compassion International, Concern Worldwide, DanChurchAid, Danish Refugee Council, Direct Relief, FHI360, Global Communities, GOAL, Grameen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, HIAS, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Management Sciences for Health, Marie Stopes International, Medair, Médecins Sans Frontières, Medical Teams International, Mennonite Central Committee, Mercy Corps, Mercy Ships, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Pact, PATH, Plan International, Pro Mujer, Relief International, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, Team Rubicon Global, The Carter Center, The Nature Conservancy, Trócaire, VSO, WaterAid, Welthungerhilfe, Wildlife Conservation Society, Winrock International, Women for Women International, World Vision, WWF International