Twilio.org Funds Four New Organizations
Whether it’s a text message between an inmate and his daughter, a call that reminds a refugee of their citizenship appointment or a conversation between a counselor and a struggling teenager, the right communication at the right time can change lives.
The Twilio.org Impact Fund supports organizations who are leveraging innovative communications to deliver impact at scale. We are excited today to announce three nonprofits and one social enterprise as the latest Fund recipients. Edovo is our second investment in a social enterprise, Hustle being our first. Likewise, this is our second round of grants, which are supporting the International Rescue Committee (IRC), MindRight, and Caravan Studios. Each of these are organizations is working to create impact at scale in their respective fields, and we could not be ...
We Want You: Join the Twilio.org Impact Corps
At Twilio.org, we’ve seen firsthand how a few lines of code can save a life, advance a cause, or strengthen a community. Social impact organizations around the world have used Twilio to establish critical communications with the people they serve. Yet many nonprofits are just getting started with Twilio, and many more can use a little help as they begin their communications journeys.
We’ve also heard from many of you in our developer community that you want to use your skills for good but you aren’t sure how to get started. We’ve previously worked 1:1 with developers and nonprofits to help create custom communications applications. These applications helped meet some important target needs, but the effort was challenging to scale. Today, we’re turning those efforts up to 11 with the launch of the Twilio.org Impact Corps.
About the Impact Corps
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Why We Invested In Hustle
At Twilio, we believe the right communication, at the right time, via the right channel has power to affect change. Whether that communication is deploying volunteers to a disaster, connecting someone in crisis with a trained counselor, or organizing groups around a critical cause, communications is core to everything we do. The Twilio team is inspired everyday by the applications our customers – whether that’s a large enterprise, a tiny startup or a nonprofit – build using Twilio’s communications platform.
For the past several years, Twilio’s social impact arm, Twilio.org, has worked with more than 1,100 nonprofits and social enterprises to help them achieve their missions through communications. We provide support through access to our platform and through employee volunteering, but we felt we could do more.
In May of this year, Twilio.org took this support to the next level by launching the Twilio.org Impact ...
A Billion Messages For Good: Twilio.org Turns One Year Old
Last year, we launched Twilio.org with a mission to enable nonprofits to reach their goals and send A Billion Messages for Good. We were excited and inspired by the way nonprofits harness the power of communications to impact lives around the world. One year later, we’re well on our way to achieving the shared goal of sending one billion messages for good.
In the past year, over 200 organizations sent nearly 10 million messages via voice and text. These nonprofits are taking on projects fighting urban poverty, testing for diseases, providing support in times of crises, and feeding the hungry — all using the power of voice and messaging. Across their different areas of focus, and across the world, they’re showing how simple tools like voice and messaging can change the world.
Coding for Good: Hack for Social Good and Work Directly with Nonprofits
Many times great apps and prototypes are built at hackathons, but once the event is over you’re not quite sure what to do with it. Or maybe it’s almost completed but you’d like real feedback from a nonprofit in need before you spend more development cycles. We’re looking for developers who have projects focused on social benefit or poverty, and who are interested in working directly with nonprofits in need.
You can demo your project to organizations such as Juma Ventures, JCCSF, Mission Graduates and more. You’ll have the chance to get direct feedback on how you can create an actual solution to address their needs.
To demo a hack, app, or project we’re looking for developers who can commit to helping nonprofits succeed with technology. You’ll need to be ready to:
- Demo your app for 3-4 minutes for our nonprofit audience
- Commit ...
Parkinsons Voice Initiative: Unlocking New Parkinsons Treatment Through Twilio Voice
Each year over 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. Seven to 10 million million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s; and while many organizations are working to improve testing and proactive treatment, there’s still a long way to go. Current testing is expensive, cumbersome, and logistically challenging for those with Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative is working hard to change that fact by pioneering a new form treatment and analysis — all they need is your voice.
The Study of the Human Voice