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Infoxchange and Connecting Up merge to serve more communities

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Infoxchange has merged with Connecting Up to create a digitally driven not-for-profit to improve the lives of people experiencing disadvantage.

The newly merged organisation will focus on technologically vulnerable people from Australia and New Zealand and the not-for-profits that support them. The new not-for-profit will combine the group’s vision to use technology to improve the sector.

Infoxchange Board Chair, Stan Krpan, said: “By integrating our two organisations, we’ll be able to achieve greater reach and impact across the community.”

Under the new arrangement, current Infoxchange CEO David Spriggs has taken on the role of Group CEO. He will bring more than 20 years’ of experience in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors.

Spriggs said technology has the ability to transform lives and that the integration of Infoxchange and Connecting Up will help more people benefit from the digital world.

“Together, we’ll be able to provide a comprehensive set of technology solutions to help improve the lives of people experiencing disadvantage and the organisations that support them,” Spriggs said of the new merge.

Of his appointment, Krpan said: “David has led Infoxchange since 2013 and has overseen considerable expansion and growth in the organisation and delivered huge social impact over that time.

“His reputation in the sector and with our corporate and government partners is exemplary and we believe he is ideally placed to lead the combined organisation into the next phase.”

The integration brings together 150 staff members working to support more than 30,000 not-for-profits and two million people in need each year across Australia and New Zealand.

Connecting Up Board Chair, Susan Arthure, said Infoxchange and Connecting Up have already enjoyed a close working relationship and have collaborated across a number of areas over the last several years.

“We’re delighted to be joining together, and we’re excited by this opportunity to work together to expand our reach and support of the sector,” Arthure said.

Acting CEO of Connecting Up, Sandra Vallance, added that she believes that not-for-profits that have the right tools and skills can achieve great things and that the integration of the two organisations will help them do more: “Together, we are well-placed to elevate the sector and the communities they serve.”

The two organisations will officially merge on November 30, 2018, with Connecting Up to become a subsidiary of Infoxchange. It will continue to serve as TechSoup New Zealand to serve the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand.

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