Economic Development

Building Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

IBM’s 100+ year commitment to corporate citizenship runs broad and deep – encompassing dozens of programs and initiatives. While some of our programs, such as P-TECH, Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge involve our direct engagement to address significant societal challenges in education, public health and economic development, we have designed other programs to bring IBM’s global expertise and capabilities to smaller organizations. Sharing capacity through the IBM Impact Grant program benefits us, our partners and their constituents in at least two ways.

First, grassroots nonprofits – challenged with increasing demands in an era of diminishing resources – are able to operate more effectively while gathering the performance data often required by funders, government agencies and socially responsible investors. Second, by working with a diverse group of small and fast-moving organizations, IBM becomes more agile in its ability to engage and transform client organizations – both nonprofit and for-profit.

IBM and AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE) have entered a strategic partnership for IBM to develop a game-changing fan experience at the state-of-the-art new Atlanta stadium set to open in 2017. This will enable AMBSE to provide highly advanced, interactive technologies for Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer Atlanta games, as well as concerts and other marquee events.

Outside the stadium grounds – and as part of a unique partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s Westside Momentum initiative – IBM will deliver strategic Impact Grants to support local nonprofits in the Westside neighborhoods surrounding the stadium. By providing top level consulting expertise, IBM will assist nonprofits in addressing issues such as small business growth, education, workplace skills and social services. The Impact Grant workshops, delivered by IBM in cooperation with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN), will help nonprofits build capacity and strengthen capabilities to better serve the Westside communities.

“The synergy between…stadium partners like IBM and the work being done on the Westside is exactly what ‘the power of many’ is all about. Westside Momentum provided the perfect platform for IBM to leverage their Impact Grants to organizations doing meaningful work on the Westside.” – Frank Fernandez, Vice President of Community Development, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

The combination of the Blank Foundation’s community relationships, GCN’s commitment to helping nonprofits succeed, and IBM’s expertise in capacity building and strategic growth is proving to be a force for positive and sustainable change in this community.

Tjuan Dogan, Ph.D. is an IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs (CCCA) Manager based in Atlanta. Dr. Dogan worked with fellow CCCA Manager Christian Schoen and IBM consultant Tashira Gibbs to facilitate the Becoming a Leader of Change Impact Grant for Westside Momentum participants. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and of the Atlanta United Major League Soccer team.

Related Resources:

IBM Services Grants Help Georgia Nonprofits Succeed

Providing Tools for Transformation in Atlanta

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