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America's Charities' Engage CSR Solution Partner SmartSimple Software Named 2021 Social Impact Partner of the Year by Amazon Web Services

Published 05-19-21

Submitted by America's Charities

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SmartSimple Software (America's Charities' Engage CSR Solution partner) is excited to announce that we've received the Social Impact Partner of the Year award for Canada from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This inaugural award, announced today at the 2021 AWS Partner Summit, recognizes SmartSimple Software's role as a technology provider in helping to empower funding organizations of all sizes to create greater efficiencies within their operational processes and ultimately enrich their impact within communities.

One shining example of how we've helped to put our technology and 20+ years of process automation expertise to work is how Vancouver Foundation was able to provide rapid relief to organizations and communities across British Columbia impacted by COVID-19. 

In a matter of days, Vancouver Foundation developed a nimble granting model, recruited advisors, and began processing funding requests from frontline health and social service charities and arts and culture groups seeking immediate support. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Vancouver Foundation has granted $19.9 million to 591 charities across the province on SmartSimple's cloud platform.

Learn more about Vancouver Foundation's success using SmartSimple's configurable cloud platform to work for their mission.

Below is the official announcement with more details about the award and its criteria.

The full version of the excerpted press release below was originally published via Amazon Web Services' Press Center

May 19, 2021 /CSRwire/ - Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the 2021 Canada AWS Partner Award winners, recognizing channel leaders playing a key role helping Canadian customers drive innovation and build solutions on the AWS Cloud.

Announced during the annual AWS Partner Summit, the AWS Partner Awards recognize a wide range of born-in-the cloud, and traditional AWS Consulting and Technology Partners, whose business models have embraced specialization and collaboration over the past year. The AWS Partner Awards also recognize AWS Partners whose business models continue to evolve and thrive on the AWS Cloud as they work with customers, enabling them to take advantage of the benefits of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, improve their security posture or develop critical solutions to address the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AWS Partner Network (APN), is a global partner program, focused on helping the tens of thousands of participating AWS Partners build successful AWS-based businesses or solutions by providing business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support. The APN Program includes independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs) around the world, with AWS Partner participation in Canada growing significantly during the past 12 months.

Eric Gales, AWS Canada Country Manager said the diverse nature of the AWS Partner Award winners reflected the opportunity provided for AWS Partners who were focused on helping customers remove the friction of managing IT infrastructure and set the platform for innovation. “AWS Partners are helping customers become more agile and innovate faster across a wide range of industries, from banking and finance, to the public sector, and increasingly, the Canadian startup sector. The winners of the 2021 AWS Partner Awards understand that customers can access more than 200 fully featured services to innovate in a myriad of ways—including some who are bringing entirely new solutions to market, and others who have been working with AWS since the launch of the AWS Canada (Central) Region more than four years ago.”

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AWS Social Impact Partner of the Year: An AWS Partner who has shown deep commitment to providing consulting services and or technology offerings that have great social impact with proven customer success in 2020.

Winner: Toronto-headquartered SmartSimple Software Inc. (“SmartSimple”) is a global leader in cloud-based grantmaking and corporate responsibility solutions. SmartSimple is trusted by 400 clients including prominent foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and government funders. In 2020, SmartSimple’s platform helped to empower Vancouver Foundation to provide rapid and essential relief to communities across British Columbia impacted by COVID-19 through its Community Response Fund. In a matter of days, Vancouver Foundation developed a nimble granting model, recruited advisors, and began processing funding requests from frontline health and social service charities and arts and culture groups seeking immediate support. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Vancouver Foundation has granted $19.9 million to 591 charities across the province. In 2020, SmartSimple’s configurable platform has helped to connect 1.1 million end-users across 192 countries to $9 billion in critical funding.

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About Amazon Web Services
For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 80 Availability Zones (AZs) within 25 geographic regions, with announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Spain, and Switzerland. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com.


In addition to being AWS Social Impact Partner of the Year, SmartSimple Software is also an AWS APN Advanced Technology Partner with the following statuses that recognize our proven expertise:

  • Government Competency
  • Public Sector Partner
  • SaaS Program Partner
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Who we serve:

  • Charities ­– We help charities fundraise recurring, unrestricted, sustainable dollars through the workplace. Click here for a printable list of our members.
  • Employers – We help employers achieve their giving, engagement, and social impact goals. Employers seeking to build or boost a strong culture; engage their employees and help them find purpose and meaning; attract, recruit, and retain talent; and ultimately achieve better corporate profitability and social impact, partner with America's Charities to launch or revitalize their workplace giving programs. We offer employers a suite of employee giving software packages, tools, and resources.
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  • We offer a full suite of employee giving and engagement tools, including easy-to-use workplace giving technology platforms ranging from a straightforward, out-of-the-box option, to a comprehensive platform that integrates matching gifts, employee volunteering, cause campaigns, and more. Each of our solutions is tailored to fit an employer's specific needs and social impact goals, and deliver personalized, highly social online giving experiences.
  • We generate sustainable unrestricted financial support for member charities through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), state and local giving campaigns and private sector workplace giving campaigns.
  • We provide charitable funds management services to nonprofits and private and public sector employers while maintaining a resolute commitment to transparency and accountability.
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  • We help companies support their employees in times of distress and hardship through Employee Assistance Funds (EAFs), also known as Employee Relief Funds or Employee Crisis Funds. By working with us, a company increases its flexibility around the types of hardships the fund can cover and lowers its administrative burdens.

Since 1980, our collective experience and ability to provide the highest level of personal service and expert consulting to our member charities and employer clients has resulted in more than $750 million for more than 25,000 nonprofits through federal, state and local government, and corporate workplace giving programs.

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