The online submission tool has broadened the level of awareness, and the Almost Foundation team has significantly increased the number of good projects submitted, they could easily find them and submit the projects to them. Previously, by email, the amounts of projects received was less than half of what is received today.
"The online submission tool has broadened the level of awareness, and we significantly increased the number of good projects submitted, they could easily find us and submit to us. Previously, by email, we received less than half of what we receive today.”
Since its creation in 2007, the foundation has supported initiatives led by its employees. The projects are divided into four main pillars: Economic, social development & support; Environmental protection; Access to energy and water & Access to mobility. The Alstom Foundation was created to improve the quality of life of communities that live close to where Alstom operates. This means that the foundation supports projects around the world that focus on raising living standards and have a sustainability dimension.
In order to choose the best partners for their CSR activities, every year, the Alstom Foundation selects the most original and attractive ideas that reflect its diversity characteristics. Projects such as the improvement of farm commodity transportation in Vietnam and the development of solar energy for a children’s village in Algeria have been chosen to receive funds in recent years.
Alstrom Foundation was looking for software to help them streamline their decision-making process and make their life easier.
Besides being able to streamline the decision-making process of choosing partners, and having a data-driven selection, Barry Howe also points out that while using Optimy’s software the foundation also saved money: “Before, we had to hire an intern to support the process, but now with the Optimy tool there is no need to have someone working on it full time.”
He also highlights the fact that the software can be used in the whole cycle of corporate giving and mentions that the next step is to manage every phase of the project’s implementation via Optimy’s platform. “We moved away from the old/traditional way of doing things, and we realized that doing things online can facilitate every part of the process, both for the Foundation and for our NGO partners.”