Nominations Open for Community Leaders Awards from TechBridge

Staff Report

Friday, March 31st, 2023

Bringing more than 20 years of expertise in providing innovative technological solutions for nonprofits, TechBridge will host its 23rd annual Digital Ball, Saturday, August 19, at 6 P.M. EST at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center located at 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Ga. The TechBridge Digital Ball gala raises funds annually to help fulfill its mission of alleviating generational poverty through the innovative use of technology. Historically hosted each year in Atlanta, where the organization was founded in 2000. This must-attend technology event is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Co-Chaired by DeWayne Griffin, distinguished Fortune 50 Chief Data Officer and Insight Global Board Member, and Shannon Johnston, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Global Payments and Board Tech Committee Chair for Deutsche Börse, the Digital Ball brings together passionate changemakers, innovators, and philanthropists who make a difference in communities locally and nationally. The Digital Ball is a platform for TechBridge to share its community impact, future plans, and connect with supporters, sponsors and nonprofit partners. It is also an opportunity to honor outstanding community leaders, companies, and nonprofits who are driving change in their communities.

“At TechBridge, community drives everything we do. We are passionate about making a meaningful impact in our community. Through our work, we celebrate those involved in the vibrant tech and nonprofit communities and connect with individuals and organizations alike to build relationships and discover opportunities together,” said Clint Bailey, Interim CEO, TechBridge. “At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to supporting people, our community and our four pillars – hunger relief, homeless support, social justice, and workforce development - which are critical to building a brighter future for all. The Digital Ball brings all of this together as we connect and celebrate those in our community who are sparking innovation and creating change.” 

The annual Community Leader Awards honor community leaders creating dynamic impact in the community. Nominations are currently open and will be accepted until 5 pm. ET on Friday, May 5, for the awards which include: 

  • The Ann Cramer Volunteer of the Year Award, honoring an individual who advocates for volunteerism, makes outstanding contributions to community service efforts, and exercises exemplary social or corporate responsibility. 

  • The Ed Steinike CIO of the Year Award recognizes Chief Technology/Information Officers who exhibit exceptional qualities and abilities. The Ed Steinike Award was first given in 2018 and is awarded to an exceptional CIO who demonstrates a passion for mentoring and commitment to philanthropy.

  • The Bill Bolling Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award honors an outstanding volunteer or staff member of a nonprofit organization in Georgia who engages the wider community to assist in-need and at-risk community members. 

  • The Sig Mosley Entrepreneurial Leader Award honors a founder, owner or past owner of a business that is exemplary in the conceptualization, strategy, and launch of the venture, and navigates the evolution of the business.

The Digital Ball also recognizes the following honorees: 

  • The TechBridge Community Leader Award honors an organization whose contributions to breaking the cycle of generational poverty go above and beyond the call. This company takes significant steps towards philanthropic initiatives that fight hunger, provide shelter, facilitate justice, and launch careers.

  • The Vish Narendra TCP Graduate of Excellence Award recognizes the exemplary performance of a graduate who consistently excelled throughout their training and certification course, as a part of our Technology Career Program, and demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of TechBridge.   

TechBridge is committed to innovation and problem solving, using its expertise, experience and connections to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our nonprofit customers and community. In this past fiscal year alone, we’ve helped more than 150 nonprofits leverage technology to further their mission. The 22nd annual Digital Ball was supported by leading companies including Accenture, EY, JP Morgan Chase and Company, Microsoft, ServiceNow, Goodwill, Randstad, Insight and Macy’s Technology. Companies interested in joining TechBridge in bringing together passionate changemakers, innovators, and philanthropists to make a difference in our community can get more information about sponsoring here