QUT Alumni Student Leader of the Year Nicholas Johnson, a dual mathematics and economics student, saw that charities needed help in measuring and communicating their impact in society to potential funders and supporters.
So in 2014 he founded Pro Bono Econos, a non-profit to help charities calculate and communicate the value they create in the community. They currently have close to 600 people on the ground in south east Queensland, Canberra, Melbourne, Taiwan and Japan.
“A current project is with the newly established Australian Refugee and Migrant Care Services which provides support for new migrants and refugees to help them integrate into their new community,” Mr Johnson said.
“We did an economic impact assessment to evaluate a volunteers’ work and the money they save the community by, for example, driving a new refugee to the hospital if they get sick and helping them understand medication instructions for the first time so they can avoid any complications down the track.”