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.
“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 Challenges
The Code for Good Challenges bring together college students and the firm's employees who are passionate about technology and making a difference. The events take place at JPMorgan Chase offices in cities around the world and benefit local and global change-making organizations from the surrounding communities.
These 24 hour challenges run overnight, with students coding in teams and racing against the clock and each other to come up with creative technological solutions to solve real challenges faced by non-profits. 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 2015, Code for Good is being held in seven locations around the world: Mumbai, Bangalore, Ohio, New York, Delaware, London, and Glasgow. Dozens of socially-focused organizations will benefit from the students' creativity and technical skills. "I would recommend Code for Good to any non-profit," says Matthew Hassett from the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, who participated in the 2013 and 2014 Code for Good Challenges in New York. "It's amazing how quickly the students think up new solutions for the challenges we're tackling. It's helping us keep homeownership affordable in New York." Many students agreed that the Code for Good Challenge is "the best coding event" they've ever attended and that they loved the "intense atmosphere of rapid development and the enthusiasm that radiated from everyone."
After Code for Good is over, Technology for Social Good is committed to finishing the solutions that are started. While most results from coding challenges end up on a "digital shelf," the Force for Good program builds upon these prototypes and ideas to fully develop usable and impactful solutions. To learn more about the Force for Good program, please read more below.
Students and JPMorgan Chase technologists at Code for Good 2015 in Mumbai brainstorm, problem solve, and work with charitable partners to come up with solutions over 24 hours.
Force for Good
Force for Good, a social innovation program, fosters unique skilled volunteerism throughout JPMorgan Chase. As an organization that houses an immense amount of talent, especially within technology, the Force for Good program leverages and shares expertise of JPMC employees with organizations in need. Sponsored by the organization's Technology for Social Good team, Force for Good operates globally, and works with social organizations to address challenges that can be solved utilizing technology, ultimately driving their missions forward.
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.