Developing Solutions That Benefit the Social Sector
Technology for Social Good supports local nonprofits and socially responsible businesses through various initiatives.
Technology is a powerful tool. Technology can transform nonprofits, helping them to work smarter and achieve more. However, for many nonprofit professionals, technology is a source of confusion and frustration. As part of our commitment to giving back to our communities, Technology for Social Good is a firmwide program focused on harnessing the technology strength and skill of our employees to develop solutions that benefit the social sector.
Technology for Social Good supports local nonprofits and socially responsible businesses through various initiatives. We have several programs which help connect the needs of the social sector to our staff of skilled technology volunteers. The in-kind technology assistance provided by our teams affords organizations the opportunity to reallocate funds to other efforts that support their missions.
Since 2010, over 100,000 staff hours have been volunteered—having collaborated with over 1,500 organizations.
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“In a world where technology and social good drive our industries, the financial sector is no different. Having bright, talented, creative minds developing innovative technology solutions for our businesses and communities just makes sense. Programs like Technology for Social Good are good for them, and good for business.”
“Technology for Social Good is getting everyone 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 the computer lab made possible through the Youth and Technology program.”
“Code for Good exceeded my expectations. The event was a great opportunity to work with highly talented students who rapidly prototyped numerous solutions for an ongoing challenge we've faced.”
“Our valued relationship with JPMorgan Chase and their innovative Technology for Social good program is helping to preserve and extend my father's important message to sustain the momentum of nonviolent social change around the world.”
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Code for Good Hackathons
The Code for Good Hackathon brings together university students and the firm’s employees who are passionate about technology and making a difference. These hackathons take place in cities around the world, benefitting local and global change-making organizations from the surrounding communities.
The two-day competitions run overnight, with students coding in teams and racing against the clock and each other to come up with creative technological solutions to real challenges faced by nonprofits. The students’ innovative ideas are developed into working prototypes with the support of JPMorgan Chase technologists who work directly with the students, serving as mentors and subject matter experts.
In challenges held over the past year in Delaware, London, Mumbai, New York and Ohio – dozens of socially-focused organizations have benefitted from the students’ creativity and technical skills.
Many students agree that the Code for Good Hackathon is “the best coding event I have attended” and that they love the “intense atmosphere of rapid development and the enthusiasm that radiated from everyone.”
Force for Good
Force for Good is a social innovation program organized by JPMorgan Chase’s Technology for Social Good team. The program leverages our technology staff volunteers and our internal subject matter experts to form creative, motivated, and diverse project teams. Technology analysts from our full time program form core project teams, and are paired up with more skilled mentors. These skilled technologists work with social organizations experiencing issues that can be addressed with technology to drive their programs forward. Projects range from mobile application development to technology optimization. To learn more about the program, please visit this page.
The Digital Guestbook is an innovative technology solution which we have designed and implemented at cultural institutions to enhance the visitor experience and increase fundraising capabilities. The Guestbook addresses the issue of 'anonymous' visitors regularly faced by cultural institutions across the globe. Launched in January 2013, the Digital Guestbook has appealed to several museums and cultural institutions interested in gathering information about their visitors and using that information to reach out to them. The Guestbook is strengthening communication between organizations and their supporters, whether they are a plane ride away or a block away.
Depending on the requirements of a particular organization, a Guestbook can be personalized and completed in a matter of months. It can generate metrics on how many people are signing, tagging their locations, and making donations.
Youth Technology Program
The Youth Technology Program provides students ranging from elementary schools to high schools with an early introduction to designing software algorithms and programming constructs through computer game design using a visual programming platform. Through Days of Service, JPMorgan Chase volunteers visit local schools and partner with small teams of students to introduce them to computer programming by visually dragging objects and logic around to develop interactive computer games and robotics in a fun and exciting way.
In partnership with Code.org, Technology for Social Good facilitated the Hour of Code, a global event focused on introducing students to Computer Science to get them excited about coding. Globally the event touched more than 16 million people and generated over 500 million lines of code. Volunteers from across various cities ranging from Detroit to Bangalore visited several schools to join the effort to demystify “code” with over 450 students.
Tech Warehouse is a dual benefit program. First, we assist nonprofit organizations and schools with contributions from the firm’s refurbished technology to improve productivity at an individual and organizational level. Second, when our hardware has reached its end of life, we address zero waste initiatives by ensuring that our technology ends up in proper recycling channels, not landfills. Additionally, we ensure donated assets are also properly recycled once they reach their end of life.
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 present Tech Warehouse with our global partners as a way to continue our work toward preserving the environment while providing useful technology for those in need. Since the inception of the program, over 1,000 organizations have benefitted from a donation of 3,000 assets.
The King Center Imaging Project
This unprecedented effort is showcased on the Center's website, which was completely redesigned by JPMorgan Chase. To promote this significant undertaking and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of major events in Civil Rights from 1963, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. King delivered his unforgettable "I Have a Dream" speech, an traveling exhibit was developed to travel across the United States throughout 2013. On Martin Luther King Day in 2013, we launched the latest feature on The King Center site: Dreams. Site visitors are now invited to share their dreams with the world and read about what others are dreaming about as well.
In addition, JPMorgan Chase committed $1 million to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. Visit jpmorganchase.com/MLK for more information or visit this page for more details.