Avasant Foundation raises $200,000 for global youth projects

31 March 2017 Consultancy.uk

Avasant Foundation has raised $200,000 from key technology focused professional services firms for youth across the globe looking to enter digital technology focused career paths. As part of the fundraiser, executives from the firms played a round of golf at the Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles, as well as being wined and dined as part of the awareness raising aspect of the Foundation's activities.

The Avasant Foundation is a not for profit organisation, located in California. The organisation, which in part draws on resources from financial consultancy firm Avasant, is focused on supporting global deserving youth with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship within the technology sector.

One of the events run by the Foundation is the Golf for Impact fundraiser. The event, which is held at the Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles, brings together 20 executives from technology focused professional services firms. Following the scramble tournament, the executives were served cocktails and dined, as part of the Foundation’s goal of bringing the organisations onboard and up to speed, about projects run by the Foundation across the globe.

This year the fundraiser raised $200,000 for youth related projects across the Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States.

Sponsors to this year’s event, the fourth event run by the Foundation, include Atos, Capgemini, Cognizant, CSS Corp, HCLTechnology, IBM, Infinite, Infosys, Luxoft, Mindtree, NTT Communications, Nttdata, Saic, Syntel, T-Systems, Tata Communications, TCS, Unisys, Wipro, And Zensar. As part of its commitment to its sponsors, the firm provides quantitative feedback on the impact of donations within the programmes on the lives of youth.

At the reception, Chitra Rajeshwari, Executive Director of the Avasant Foundation, says that the firm is “extremely grateful” for the “generous sponsors for their support towards these programs.” He further adds, “The foundation is committed to creating opportunities for deserving youth who come from some of the most underdeveloped regions in the world. We do this by providing education programs that develop students’ entrepreneurial and technical skills and partnering with local technology providers to give our students access to sustainable career paths.”

Kevin Parikh, Chairman of the Avasant Foundation and Global CEO of Avasant noted, “Today’s youth face new uncertainties as they navigate new pathways for career advancement. Using our knowledge and resources, we are determined to foster integrity, inclusion and opportunity to prepare these deserving youth for success in the ever-changing digital economies of today and tomorrow.”

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Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

19 March 2019 Consultancy.uk

A communications consultancy has announced it will perform a ‘consulting marathon’ to raise money for a charity based in Africa. SEO Travel will offer a 12-hour consulting surgery to as many small travel businesses as possible, while raising money for the cause.

SEO Travel has been helping travel companies improve their online presence since 2011. The firm works with a wide range of global travel brands who it helps develop brand visibility online through SEO, social media, PR and other techniques. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, the firm works to create engaging campaigns that increase brand awareness and drive more business and sales in a sustainable way.

The professional services firm has announced that as of the 21st of March, it will be offering these services to small travel businesses as part of a charity fundraising drive. The session will last 12 hours straight, and offers the chance for a 30-minute session, which travel companies can sign up for at the SEO Travel website. The marathon session will help small travel businesses which wouldn’t usually be able to afford a respectable and trustworthy agency’s advice.

Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

As well as helping small businesses, the event is also being used as an opportunity to raise money for charity, with SEO Travel donating to Tanzanian safari charity ‘Care with a View’ for each person that signs up, as well as asking businesses taking part to make a small donation of £10 themselves. The event will run from 8am to 8pm UK and is open to anyone around the world.

It will run by SEO Travel founder Tom McLoughlin, bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. He explained, “I’ve got the team here on standby to order pizzas and bring me Tangfastics on demand throughout the day!”

According to Mcloughlin, while there is a lot of marketing advice on the internet, the volume of information is so high that it's impossible for small firms to tell what will help and what will hurt their company. He concluded, “With the ‘Charity Travel Marketingathon Bonanza’ we want to take away the part of not knowing so these businesses can go away with clear, actionable tactics that will help grow their business.”

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