LUPUS FOUNDATION WINS 2016 TECHNOLOGY INNOCATION AWARD AND $10,000 GRANT FROM APPARO SPONSORED BY ACCENTURE
APRIL 21, 2016—Apparo, a nonprofit that provides business and technology solutions for Charlotte-area nonprofits, announced today that the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter has won the 2016 Technology Innovation Award (TIA), sponsored by Accenture.
“This grant will allow our foundation to provide greater connectivity to those who feel isolated due to their diagnosis of lupus,” said Christine John-Fuller, President & CEO of the LFANC. “We are incredibly grateful to the generosity of Apparo, Accenture, and the corporate citizens of the grant committee for helping us make a difference in the lives of the 45,000 North Carolinians living with lupus.”
The Lupus Foundation will receive $10,000 plus equally valued pro-bono consulting time from Accenture to assist in its important work of providing caring support to people living with lupus in North Carolina. Accenture has teamed with Apparo and has been a proud sponsor for this award for the last eight years.
“Apparo’s Technology Innovation Award helps nonprofits better serve their communities by providing innovative technology solutions that make them more efficient and effective,” said Kim Lanphear, Executive Director of Apparo. “This award helps the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter to continue its mission of empowering and engaging those living with lupus, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers and donors.”
According to the Lupus Foundation, an estimated 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Although Lupus is a prevalent disease, affecting a significant portion of the population both in the United States and abroad, the awareness of this disease is not as widespread as it should be.
“Accenture is passionate about technology innovation in our work with clients and nonprofits in our community,” said John Pesavento, Accenture’s Managing Director – North America Banking. “We’re in a unique position to use our talents to help those around us maximize their performance and achieve their vision. We are excited to help bring the Lupus Foundation’s innovative idea to life through the Technology Innovation Award.”
An esteemed panel of judges included prominent members of the business community:
• Liam Durbin, American Tire Distributors
• Dave Garrett, Novant Health
• Eric Goodwin, Carolinas HealthCare Systems
• Steve Hagood, Ingersoll Rand
• Josh Jewett, Dollar Tree
Apparo, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that moves Charlotte-area nonprofits forward through technology and business services that help them achieve 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 empower local nonprofits through technology that enhances their missions. We are the go-to provider of technology strategy, implementation, consulting and support services for nonprofits in the Charlotte area. Apparo connects the nonprofit and corporate technology sectors, delivering solutions that multiply nonprofit effectiveness for a better Charlotte.