Force for Good is a social innovation program organized by JPMorgan Chase's Technology for Social Good team. Force for Good is a global program that leverages our Technology Analyst Development Program and engages additional technical staff as team mentors, subject matter experts and our technology summer analysts, to form creative, motivated and diverse project teams.
Technology for Social Good matches skilled technical teams with social organizations to execute projects that support technological innovation and thereby promote the social good of the selected organization. Project types could range anywhere from mobile application development to technical optimization, all with the intent of giving back to society by supporting social causes and nonprofit missions through the use of technology. The program is structured with one 18 week project period a year.
In partnership with NPower, a national nonprofit that brings information technology services to nonprofits, Technology for Social Good helped create an online skilled volunteer matching portal called The Community Corps that connects nonprofit technology needs to skilled volunteers (including JPMorgan Chase employees). Projects are designed to be short, simple and impactful. Most projects range between 2-25 hours and can be completed virtually.
"Contributing about what I know to others during breaks between project releases and vacations really refreshes my mind."
– Israel W., Treasury and Securities Services, Hong Kong
"Sometimes… it's so easy to get involved in your day-to-day activities, you forgot there's a world of amazing people doing great things to make the world a better place. I'm glad The Community Corps reminded me, and gave me a simple avenue to connect with groups that I can help."
– Louisa S., IT Corporate Communications, CA
"The project was extremely successful – we accomplished all of our goals. [Our volunteer] was great, and identified many places where our website could be improved."
– Pajama Program
"Our volunteer was very competent and patient and knew what he was doing. The best part was that he took the time to explain very technical things in a way in which we can all understand so it is an educational experience for us in addition to benefiting from his services."
– Baby Buggy
The Code for Good Challenge is an opportunity for university students to take part in a timed coding challenge event, which benefits various not-for-profit organizations. The event gives the students an opportunity to showcase their technology skills to JPMorgan Chase and helps the charities get innovative solutions to address a social challenge. Working side-by-side with the charity representatives gives the students a sense of the real world and how their technical skills can help charitable organizations support their missions.
The student's creativity and technical skills can have a transformative impact on these charities. As one of the nonprofit partners noted, "Overall the weekend exceeded my expectations; the entire event was a great opportunity for The Nature Conservancy to work with highly talented students, who rapidly prototyped numerous solutions for an ongoing challenge we've faced."
The Code for Good Challenges provides an unparalleled opportunity for university students to show off their skills to one of the world's leading financial and technology institutions, while having a great time. Students noted that this was "the best coding event I have attended" and that they loved the "intense atmosphere of rapid development and surrounding enthusiasm radiated from everyone."
The program offers a unique opportunity for participants to use their skills to benefit nonprofits, while also demonstrating their technology abilities to a leading global organization. It's a win for all involved.
In July 2013, the Code for Good challenge was hosted for the first time in Mumbai, India, giving a group of students the opportunity to help three nonprofits solve their real-world technology problems - all in the span of 24 hours.
In October 2013, The Columbus Dispatch noted the event that benefited two Columbus-area charities on their website
Tech Warehouse is a dual benefit program. First, we assist nonprofit organizations and schools with contributions of JPMorgan Chase's refurbished technology to improve productivity at an individual and organizational level. Second, when JPMorgan Chase hardware has reached its end of life, we address zero waste initiatives by ensuring that our technology does not end up in landfills by putting in place proper recycling channels.
JPMorgan Chase is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in the communities where we work and live. Since 2009, we've been able to redeploy almost 30 percent of the desktops, laptops, monitors and printers collected – avoiding costs and reducing our environmental impact. We are proud to develop Tech Warehouse with Good360 as a way to continue our work toward preserving the environment while providing useful technology for those in need.
Watch a video on Good360's partnership with JPMorgan Chase's Tech Warehouse program on Squawk Box (CNBC).
As part of the international Tech Warehouse program, a computer lab was donated to Muktangan, a nongovernmental organization that runs a teacher-training center for low-cost, child-centered education in Mumbai, India.
"I am pleased that we are getting involved with our larger community at a grass-roots level. The kids of Muktangan – and I can see how excited they are – will be better prepared to continue their higher education and be better citizens with skills they will learn in this computer lab."
–Punit Sood, Chief Information Officer, JPMorgan Chase India
The Youth Coding Program provides 4th-6th grade students with an early introduction to designing software algorithms and programming robots. Through Days of Service, JPMorgan Chase volunteers visit local schools and partner with small teams of students to introduce computer programming through robotics in a fun and exciting way.
Students navigate their robots through an obstacle course
A JPMorgan Chase volunteer assists a team of students on how to program a Lego Mindstorms Robot.
One of the students writes a note of thanks on her Chase mini whiteboard.
For more information and/or to nominate a school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.