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Switching Focus from Startup to Nonprofit

According to the Rivard Report, Elequa, a San Antonio startup focused on clean water, is changing course to become a nonprofit focused on providing clean water solutions. 

Ryan Beltrán founded Elequa, a clean water tech startup, in 2013 to share an innovation that could help cut costs and increase access to clean water: electrocoagulation purification.


Gates Foundation Wants to Get into Digital Health

The Gates Foundation is looking to ramp up its digital health division, and to that end they have employed a former Apple researcher, reports CNBC.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a first-of-its-kind role to invest in digital health ventures


New Digital Document Storage Could Help Asylum Seekers

According to Wired, Innovation Law Lab, a nonprofit that develops technology to help human rights advocates, has created a digital storage locker that allows users such as immigrants seeking asylum to upload vital documents to a secure cloud storage That way the documents are available even if the hard copies go missing. 

Last month, a young transgender woman from Central America applied for asylum in the US. Unlike thousands of others requesting asylum at the US-Mexico border, this person was especially fortunate. She had her birth certificate as well as a lawyer to represent her.


Helping Women in Tech

Only 18% of computer science degrees are obtained by women, so a new nonprofit was created to help women feel more comfortable in tech, reports Tech Wire. Rewriting the Code connects women who are majoring in the technology fields.

Not fitting in, feeling like the outsider and having “imposter syndrome” are all things women majoring in the computer sciences said they have experienced.


Nonprofit Turns Seawater into Clean Water

Nonprofit GivePower may have found a way to turn seawater into clean drinking water, reports Business Insider.

People have been trying to turn seawater into drinking water for thousands of years, but the process is not usually energy-efficient or affordable. 


Students Create Technology Nonprofit

According to India West, a new nonprofit startup 18TechVentures, created by two high school students, aims to help young students the tools they need to build the next wave of technology inventions. 

A pair of Indian American high school students in San Jose, California, have created a nonprofit with the goal of helping high school and college students build and launch new technology ideas.


Consumerization and the Nonprofit

Consumers are the end users of most technology, and that does affect organizations such as nonprofits, reports Forbes. Nonprofits might find themselves investing in more hardware or software than before in order to connect with audiences. 

In the days before personal computers and smartphones, software and hardware products were primarily geared toward organizations. Today, many tech companies have shifted gears and now focus on individual consumers as their end users.


Good Email Open Rates for Nonprofits

A recent survey by Campaign Monitor finds that nonprofits are seeing good open rates on their email campaigns, reports the Nonprofit Times.

Nonprofits enjoyed higher-than-average email open rates last year compared with other industries but were in line with other email metrics, according to a survey of millions of campaigns in 2018.


Using Augmented Reality for Good

Nonprofits can use Augmented Reality to bring their exhibitions to life, reports Biz Tech Magazine. 

Point your smartphone or tablet at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston this summer, and you just might see a historical image floating in space, or find yourself walking through the shattered shards of a contemporary art piece


Making Volunteering Fun

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a new app called ‘Pay it Forward Live’ encourages friendly competition among nonprofit volunteers to make volunteering fun again.

Smith, 16, a rising junior at Mastery Charter School-Pickett Campus, was tiring of volunteering, something he has done since fourth or fifth grade. He has fed the homeless, cheered on children with disabilities competing in Special Olympics, picked up trash, and delivered Christmas presents to the critically ill


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