Donating Made Easy
In the past, charities used tactics like sending previous or potential donors amenities like address labels, holiday cards and friendly letters. However, as global internet usage rises above 2.9B people worldwide, charities are following suit.
Though some companies are less technologically savvy, ePhilanthropy is quickly becoming a trend. Websites like GoFundMe allow individuals to set up personalized charity accounts for people in need such as funeral expenses or education costs.
The shift in technology-driven giving is no surprise. Founder & President of The Healthy Non-Profit LLC, Erik Anderson predicted the rise in digital charity in his year-end blog post back in 2011. “I predicted we would see an increased focus by non-profit organizations in pursuing and securing charitable contributions by using online strategies and tactics resources,” Anderson writes.
In Anderson’s research in 2012, he found that digital giving increased significantly: people are more likely to donate at the end of the year, and non-profit executives believe that online giving is a smart transition to make giving easy and convenient.
Large trends in ePhilanthropy can be seen in large-scale non-profit organizations as well as small businesses. For example, instead of corporations like St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital urging viewers of print advertisements to call or send a letter to donate to the hospital, they instead direct their donations online.
“If you trust your eyes, you know that online giving is a trend and will go on to become a very important part of every fundraising professional’s toolbox… I did not say ePhilanthropy is the future. Nor did I say that ePhilanthropy is how we will [be] fundraising in the future. I deliberately used the words ‘a very important part,’” said Anderson.
Whether individuals choose to mail their gifts or fund charities online, digital fundraising is proving to be an innovative asset that benefits companies and donors by providing faster card-processing, instantaneous results and an online, hassle-free convenient way to donate.
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“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
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Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.