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Trident and Philanthropy

Nathan Burgess - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Over my working life, I’ve had the privilege of working for a number of organisations that have held “pillars”, “foundations” or “principles” on which they operate. For some companies, these pillars have been present in everything they do, and for others they were certainly present, but to differing degrees. But when a company states “Philanthropy” as one of the five pillars of its organisation, I think it’s worth examining what that really means! How does a company be Philanthropic? What does that mean and how do they go about holding that at the core of their business?

At Trident Computer Services (sub in Trident Health), Philanthropy is listed as its newest pillar, something they publish widely and proudly on their emails, newsletter, brochures and website. So I thought I’d find out what they were actually doing, and what the impact was. What I found was that charity and Philanthropy were being role modelled from the top down!

Back in June I wrote a quick article “Katie Bentley named as an Ambassador for the St Kilda Gatehouse” which gave some detail about Katie’s work with a local charity organisation. Trident is supporting the organisation in so many ways, including being a drop-off location for donations that are promoted in every newsletter and at Trident events.

Geoff Bentley has also been active on the Philanthropy front, organizing a local event aimed at supporting local charities in 2010. Now known as “The Brighton lunch”, this large scale event a pivotal fund raising event for many local charities. The 2016 Brighton Lunch raised $113,000 for the Will Murray Foundation, Luke Batty Foundation and Rotary Brighton

Geoff was awarded The Paul Harris Fellow award in 2014 which acknowledges individuals who arrange substantial contributions to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. This was in recognition of his work in organising The Brighton Lunch.

Geoff is regularly asked to assist in arranging charity events and devotes some of his time to assisting charities. He is currently arranging events for The Susan Alberti Foundation and the John Ilhan Foundation, and has been involved in helping to supply repurposed laptops to the Foundation for Water and Education in Cambodia

"Supporting the local community is important to me.  I want my children, and my staff, to see what we are able to achieve for others."

Assisting charitable organizations in his local community is important to Geoff.  “I have been very lucky in my working life to be able to now assist others in my community.  Supporting the local community is important to me.  I want my children, and my staff, to see what we are able to achieve for others.  I have been lucky enough to include my family and my staff in many of these events.  Our last event was one of my favourites – supporting local bayside boy Will Murray in his quest to lead a fulfilling life as a recent paraplegic was an inspirational driving factor for me and my team.”

With Trident’s leadership so active in working with charities, it’s little surprise that other staff are doing likewise. A few examples of Trident staff devoting time to Philanthropy are:

  • Technology Innovator Stuart Wilson has been working with MITS (Supporting the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School)

  • Chief Innovation Officer Nathan Burgess works to support the Cambodia Kids Foundation and has led several groups to work in rural areas of Cambodia

  • Technology Innovator Steve Comerford supports Amnesty International, and sponsors two children in Guatemala through World Vision

  • Systems Engineer Sudin Shrestha in involved in supporting NepalAma which helps education for needy and underprivileged Nepalese kids

  • Service Delivery Manager Michael Elphinstone is heavily involved in Melbourne Life Christian Church

 

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Nathan Burgess

Lead Marketing Innovator
Trident Computer Services
e: nburgess@trident.com.au

 

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