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How to Use Tech to Solve Problems Long Term

Hackathons, Coding for Good and other charity events that help nonprofits with their technology needs aren’t able to solve problems like homelessness long term, reports BostInno.

Today, there are more programs than ever before designed to encourage the use of technology to solve the world’s most pressing problems.


Bots Make Communication Easier

The new site Botsforcharity is a partnership between DirectRelief and Mind Heroes to help nonprofits create chatbots, reports the Nonprofit Times. 

When hurricanes struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico almost two years ago, the spartan social media staff at Direct Relief was overwhelmed with messages via Facebook Messenger with questions about how to donate, volunteer or get help


Volunteers? There is an app for that

According to Tech Crunch, Civic Champ has designed an app that helps  nonprofits manage their volunteers.

Nonprofits employ 10% of the U.S. workforce and generate some $2 trillion in revenue each year and yet, many charitable organizations are still using pen and paper to track their volunteers


Teens Hacking for Good

The nonprofit 18 Tech Ventures was started by two teens who wanted to give their high school counterparts a way to take part in a hack-a-thon, reports KPIX 5.

Working out of a family garage, two teenaged friends are making it possible for thousands of students to get real-world experience in computer science.


Tech Access for Everyone

PCs for People is expanding their nonprofit tech recycling program to Baltimore, reports The program provides access to technology for those that are below the 20% poverty level. 

An organization working to increase digital access by refurbishing computers recycled by businesses is expanding to Baltimore.


Illinois Energy Ambassador Program Takes Off

Illinois’ Youth Energy Efficiency Ambassador program gets youth involved in promoting energy efficiency, reports Energy News Network. 

A nonprofit partnership that recently trained about two dozen Chicago youths to become energy efficiency “ambassadors” in their homes and communities is looking to expand its impact next year on the city’s South and West sides.


SmartSheet Hosts Hack

According to the Valdosta Daily Times, Smartsheet hosted a Hack-for-Good event that benefited several nonprofits including the Special Olympics.  

SmartSheet, platform for enterprise achievement, today held its inaugural Hack-for-Good at its ENGAGE global customer conference, featuring a group of leading nonprofit organizations focused on child welfare and enablement.


Tech Companies Pitch In to Keep Water Clean

In an effort to keep the local watershed clean local tech companies have donated to the McKenzie River Trust’s annual fundraiser, reports the Register Guard. 

Local tech companies are hoping to lead the way during a yearly fundraising drive focused on local watershed conservation.


Nonprofits Need to Be More Digitally Secure

According to G2, nonprofits need to take their digital security seriously.  

It can be easy to assume that the nonprofit sector wouldn’t be a target for hackers because there are bigger fish to fry.


Facebook Fundraising Milestone

In just 4 years Facebook fundraising tools have raised over $2 billion dollars, reports The Hill. 

More than $2 billion has been raised over Facebook for various charitable causes since the platform launched its fundraising tools in 2015, the company said Thursday.


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