CAROLINA TIGER RESCUE WINS $10,000 GRANT TO IMPLEMENT NEW TECHNOLOGY AND PROTECT WILDCATS FROM CAPTIVITY
April 30, 2014—An estimated 5,000 tigers are found in American backyards, urban apartments, sideshows, truck stops, and private breeding facilities. Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, NC won Apparo’s2014 Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by Accenture, allowing them to implement technology that will give volunteers an additional 1,500 hours a year to care for rescued wildcats.
“Carolina Tiger Rescue reaches 13,000 plus people each year with educational programs and guided tours,” says Pam Fulk, Executive Director, Carolina Tiger Rescue. “Our current check-in process is done manually, and it takes two to three months for volunteers to enter tourist data into the system. As winners of the Technology Innovation Award we will be able to implement a digital tour check-in that allows volunteers toconcentrate less on data entry and more on mission specific tasks. We are so grateful to Apparo and Accenture for this opportunity. The impact of winning the Technology Innovation Award will be substantial—we’ll be able to put more time and effort toward saving and protecting more wildcats living in captivity and in the wild.”
Apparo, a nonprofit that provides business and technology solutions for Charlotte-area nonprofits, recognizes the impact technology has to help nonprofits more effectively achieve their missions. “A nonprofit is as successful in achieving its mission as its constituents are engaged,” says Kim Lanphear, Executive Director, Apparo. “A technology solution like a digital versus manual check-in offers a more fulfilling experience for both volunteers and patrons, increasing their level of engagement.”
For the past seven years, Apparo and Accenture have partnered on the Technology Innovation Award to help nonprofits better serve their communities through a variety of successful technology projects. The award offers winners $10,000 in funding, strategic council on engaging supporters, technology and business consulting, and access to technology specialists.
“Accenture is committed to helping both our clients and the nonprofits in our community apply technology to become more efficient, more effective and achieve higher performance,” said John Pesavento, managing director for Accenture. “We look forward to presenting this prestigious award for the seventh consecutive year and fostering innovation that transforms our community.”
Apparo, formerly NPower Charlotte Region, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that makes connections and moves Charlotte nonprofits through technology and business solutions that enhance their missions. As a trusted partner and hub for information technology needs, Apparo works to create a vibrant community of technology enabled nonprofits.
Apparo’s mission is to transform local nonprofits through technology and services that enhance their mission. We are the go-to provider of technology strategy, implementation, consulting and support services for nonprofits in the Charlotte area. Apparo convenes the nonprofit and corporate technology sectors, delivering solutions that multiply nonprofit effectiveness for a better Charlotte.
Learn more about Apparo at https://apparo.org.