Technology Episode

Technology is truly changing the world of philanthropy through its ability to connect the world.  Technology’s  influence can be felt through mobile apps, the rise of crowdfunding, and a high demand for knowledge.  It’s never been easier to connect with causes you care about, to donate and to help make a difference.
On this episode, we explore some of the ways technology is impacting the way organizations and people give back by highlighting several organizations including: Charity Miles, Per Scholas, Omaze, Direct Relief, Keen, Standard Bank and B-Tech.
Charity Miles

Charity Miles is a free app that empowers you to earn money for charities while walking, running or biking– everyday.  Just choose a charity and hit the streets. As you walk, run or bike, the app will track your distance and you’ll earn money for your charity.  As you walk, run or bike with Charity Miles, you also help attract more sponsors to increase the sponsorship pool for everyone.

Per Scholas

Per Scholas is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by creating technology education, training and career opportunities for low-income individuals.  Its flagship initiative is a free, multi-week, immersive IT job training course provided at no cost to low-income and unemployed individuals.  90% of students come from racial and ethnic minority communities, to gain skills and establish new careers in information technology.


Omaze is an internet organization that raises funds for non-profit organizations through online raffles.  Omaze helps generate significantly more money and awareness for deserving causes, by utilizing celebrities and brands in compelling videos that allow all people to share the chance to live out dream experiences.

Direct Relief

Direct relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 state and 70 countries, with a mission to improve the health lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.  Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religious beliefs or ethnic identities.


Keen is an American shoe manufacturing company based in Portland, Oregon.  The company supports the ideal that people split their time between work, play and giving back.  Keen calls this living a HybridLife.  HybridLife is a commitment to create solutions in product and business practices, to design footwear, bags and socks that enable you to play anyplace without a ceiling; and a promise to care for each other and the world around us.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank of South Africa uses mobile technology to welcome the unbanked into the banking sector.  SBSA is expecting to realize dramatic benefits from its inclusive banking initiative.  SBSA is opening an average of 2,000 new accounts per day, offering personal banking services


Students attending Business Technology Early College High School (B-TECH) will learn how to help the world run better using technology to solve everyday world problems.  Students have up to six years to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree—free of cost—from Queensborough Community College and hands-on job training and apprenticeship with SAP (an international enterprise software development company).  Upon graduation, students will have the knowledge, skills, career and technical education certifications, and work experience that will make our graduates much more competitive for employment and/or four-year colleges.