NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT, NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

Onepak Signs Digitunity's Corporate Pledge to End Digital Divide

Digitunity | September 07, 2022 | Read time : 04:13 min

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Digitunity, a national nonprofit organization that connects low-income people with the computer donations they need, today announced that Onepak has signed The Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide as a Cornerstone Partner in the quest to improve digital equity throughout the country.

Since the mid-1980s, Digitunity, its predecessor organization, and community partners have placed hundreds of thousands of computers with people in need. Providing that technology is essential for helping people to succeed in school, participate in the economy, and improve their communities.

"We're thrilled to have an organization like Onepak, with its foresight, social consciousness, and reach, join us in our mission to close the digital divide, With Onepak as a partner, we'll be able to elevate the issue, accelerate our efforts, and help more community-based organizations obtain the technology they need for their constituents."

-Scot Henley, Executive Director of Digitunity.

Onepak is a logistics technology company whose software platform and services facilitate the return, reuse, and recycling of IT and other hardware assets. As organizations of all sizes focus increasingly on sustainability, Onepak can track and report the impact of ESG efforts and help facilitate Digitunity's mission at the same time. Onepak is uniquely positioned to redirect the flow of used IT assets toward organizations that address digital equity in the U.S.

"As a company committed to bending the supply chain into a circle with sustainability at the core of our mission, partnering with Digitunity not only makes sense as a business but aligns with our values entirely, We're eager to turn this pledge into genuine action to close the digital divide in our society to the betterment of everyone involved."

-Steve Andon, CEO and Co-founder of Onepak.

An estimated 36 million people in the U.S. don't have a computer at home, and tens of millions of households lack access to basic technology most people take for granted, including reliable internet access, a computer, and the skills to use digitally-connected devices. The problem disproportionately affects communities of color, but persists across all boundaries.

This disparity between resourced and under-resourced communities is known as the "digital divide." It permeates into every aspect of life, creating educational, economic, and career disenfranchisement. Children are unable to complete homework. Parents cannot search for and apply for jobs. Families are cut off from access to community services.

Through the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide, Digitunity hopes to align the support and collective voice of influential, resourceful organizations in business, government, education, philanthropy, and community organizations with the passion and dedication of their Digital Opportunity Network, which includes nearly 1,500 frontline, community-level groups.

The solution to expanding device ownership cannot be to simply buy new devices. Instead, a sustainable, long-term solution is to shift the way corporate IT assets are handled at end of life, according to Susan Krautbauer, Senior Director of Strategy and Development at Digitunity. This decommissioned technology, repurposed for community support, can make owning a computer more attainable for more people. Technology reuse is a practical, environmentally friendly solution for expanding device ownership.

This national-scale gap in opportunity is multi-faceted and pervasive. It results from a number of interwoven, systemic issues. Solving it will require building and expanding collaborations on a similar scale. It is the reason Digitunity launched the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide.

Because of the nature of this issue, we believe fostering collaboration and relationships between entities throughout the community, businesses, service providers, community leaders, volunteers, government representatives, academics, and the media is critical for creating an inclusive future, said Krautbauer. No one organization can do this alone. But together, we can ensure underrepresented, marginalized people have access to the technology they need to thrive in the modern economy.

The four pillars of Digitunity's pledge are:
  • Access to Technology - People must have access to secure, reliable, and connected large-screen devices to work, learn, and develop the skills they need.
  • Digital Skills & Education - Digital literacy is fundamental to education, finance, employment, telehealth, communication, security, community, and efficiency.
  • Community Engagement & Impact - Those in need benefit most from engaged people and organizations in their communities. Those systems need to enable and sustain impact.
  • Achieving Change - There is a direct line from racial inequity to poverty, and poverty to the digital divide. The corporate sector is a critical partner in developing innovative solutions that can benefit marginalized communities while having broad societal benefits.

Each organization that commits to the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide is:
  • Provided ongoing opportunities for active participation and engagement to bolster desired outcomes.
  • Receiving access to a variety of tools, resources, research, and thought-leadership opportunities.
  • Recognized by name and organization on the Corporate Pledge webpage on the Digitunity website.
  • Included in a quarterly press release announcing new organizations that join.
  • Featured in promotional and media campaigns to promote overall participation and adoption.

We're thrilled with the commitments we've received so far. We welcome everyone who wants to join in the coming months, adds Krautbauer. Together, we can move beyond incremental change to create a future where everyone can thrive in education, employment, and connectedness.

About Digitunity:
Since the 1980s, Digitunity has advanced digital inclusion by connecting donors of technology with organizations serving people in need. Our mission is to ensure everyone who needs a computer has one, along with robust internet connectivity and digital literacy skills. 

About Onepak:
Onepak bends the traditional linear supply chain into a sustainable circle. ReturnCenter, the company's online carbon-neutral logistics platform, connects shippers, receivers, carriers, and their enterprise management tools on one scalable system. The platform delivers complete visibility into the chain of custody, access to a flexible network of over 400 trained logistics partners covering every U.S. zip code, and numerous tracking and reporting capabilities.

As a demonstration of Onepak's focus on being an authentic ESG-driven company, the company has sustainably executed more than two billion pounds of product returns for a global customer base that features leading organizations like Dell, IBM, United Technologies, Carrier, Diebold, General Motors, Toyota, US Bank and DLL Group.

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New Study Reveals Gig Workers Need Unique Benefits to Reduce Financial Challenges

Commonwealth | November 23, 2022

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Additionally, the study focused on what employer benefits may be most effective in reducing the impact of income volatility on gig workers. “The U.S. gig economy has seen dramatic growth and expansion, accounts for a significant portion of our jobs, and plays an important role in many of our lives, We are proud to partner with Commonwealth to learn more about the needs and challenges of this critical segment of workers and consumers so that we can build tools and experiences to better serve and empower them, both directly and through our partners.” -Greg Quarles, CEO, Green Dot Bank. The research report, Evaluating the Impact of Income Volatility Benefits on Gig Workers, evaluated the impact of one of three financial interventions randomly assigned across two cohorts of gig workers. Participants were eligible for up to $1,000 in funds through either a weekly stipend, emergency grant, or emergency loan over a four-month period. Key findings of the Financial Benefits Project pre-pilot included: Gig workers have little to no savings for emergency expenses. Between the two cohorts, around 70-80 percent of gig workers had $1,000 or less in savings, and more than 40 percent had no savings at all. $1,000 provided short-term financial relief and reduced stress. At the start of the program, most participants did not have the resources to manage a $1,000 expense. For many, the $1,000 interventions provided short-term financial relief and reduced stress. Financial hardships were frequent and expensive. Three in four gig workers (76 percent) surveyed after receiving weekly stipends had experienced a financial hardship of more than $1,000, with a third (32 percent) experiencing three or more. 79 percent said their financial hardship prevented them from working. Financial support needed for necessities. Across all three interventions, gig workers cited their top financial hardships as paying rent, utilities, auto, or other basic expenses. “Gig work has gained traction and appeal for a number of reasons — not the least of which is the flexibility and agency it can provide workers, But non-traditional work can create financial challenges. This important pre-pilot demonstrates that more research into the unique financial needs of gig workers is needed.” -Timothy Flacke, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Commonwealth. Economic empowerment is everything. This research and data are foundational to unlocking key insights to building technology and services that can truly provide a financial social safety net to tens of millions of everyday hard-working people, said Craig J. Lewis, Founder & CEO, Gig Wage. Understanding how money moves through the gig economy and how gig workers receive and spend their money is critical to solving the challenges that plague so many underserved, underbanked, and credit invisible individuals. This study is a great step in the right direction to help inform all constituents from Capitol Hill and academia to corporations and independent contractors alike. This research further reinforces the fact that millions of non-standard workers are facing incredibly precarious financial situations — and demonstrates the potential of cash assistance programs in helping address that challenge, said Adam Roseman, CEO, Steady. This is about providing both employers and policymakers with the data and tools to better help those workers chart a path to financial stability. 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FIRST NATIONS FINANCE AUTHORITY TAKES CRUCIAL STEPS TOWARD ESTABLISHING THE FIRST NON-PROFIT INDIGENOUS OWNED INSURANCE PROGRAM IN CANADA

First Nations Finance Authority | September 06, 2022

The First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with BFL CANADA, one of the largest employee-owned and operated insurance brokerage firms in Canada, which takes the initial steps toward establishing the first-ever non-profit Indigenous-owned insurance model for Indigenous communities and businesses in Canada. "Access to insurability is a major barrier facing First Nations in their efforts to build healthy and prosperous communities, Providing Indigenous communities with access to broad insurance coverage at affordable rates would be a major step forward on the path to economic reconciliation, It is time that our communities and businesses operate and fully own a National Indigenous Insurance Model." -Ernie Daniels, President, and CEO of the FNFA. FNFA's Ernie Daniels and BFL CANADA CEO, Founder and President Barry F. Lorenzetti signed a Memo of Understanding to move forward to test the feasibility of the model. We are committed to being a part of this project which will establish a collaborative alternative risk transfer model that serves communities effectively, creates new jobs and careers, and develops new sources of revenue for Indigenous communities, said Mr. Lorenzetti. This is how we begin to take action toward economic reconciliation within the insurance industry. First Nations leaders from across turtle island have come forward in support of the initiative requested to participate in this study. First Nations communities and organizations have limited options in finding insurance for community-owned assets and economic development initiatives and are often forced to accept take-it-or-leave-it offers at higher cost. FNFA's proposed model is being developed in collaboration with Indigenous partners, government, and industry. Its aim is to empower Indigenous communities and organizations to own and manage a collective insurance and risk management program which would enhance the economic strength and well-being of their communities. As a non-profit, Indigenous-led lending institution, FNFA has provided over $1.7 billion in low-cost loans to First Nations to help bridge the huge $30 billion infrastructure gap that exists between Indigenous communities and the rest of Canada. The FNFA is determined to bring the same kind of innovative approach to developing an Indigenous insurance and risk management program. Every Rez spends tens of thousands of dollars annually on business and home insurance. It's time to all work together to create our own insurance company. Chief Clarence Louie Osoyoos Indian Band Every First Nation and Indigenous Business in Canada has a need for insurance coverage and millions of dollars are spent annually. We need to collectively own and manage this spend to benefit all communities. It's time to create our own insurance company!" Robert Louie Chairman, Lands Advisory Board About the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA): The FNFA is a not-for-profit First Nation institution that plays a crucial role in the social and economic development of First Nations across Canada by providing qualifying First Nations with access to the capital markets at competitive rates. Established by the federal First Nations Fiscal Management Act in 2005, FNFA is by First Nations, for First Nations. The FNFA will continue to expand and diversify, looking to strengthen its credit rating and increase the financial benefits to its growing membership. About BFL CANADA: Founded in 1987 by Barry F. Lorenzetti, BFL CANADA is one of the largest employee-owned and operated Risk Management, Insurance Brokerage, and Employee Benefits Consulting services firms in North America. The firm has a team of over 1,100 professionals located in twenty-four cities across the country. BFL CANADA is a founding Partner of Lockton Global LLP, a partnership of independent insurance brokers who provide Risk Management, Insurance and Benefits Consulting services in over 140 countries around the world.

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AnitaB.org Names 2022 Top Companies for Women Technologists Winners

AnitaB.org | September 22, 2022

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Trimble Observes World Food Day with $100,000 Donation to World Food Program USA

Trimble | October 18, 2022

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it will donate $100,000 to World Food Program USA to support relief efforts as humanitarian crises across the globe continue to unfold, leaving entire populations hungry. World Food Program USA, the U.S. partner of the United Nations World Food Programme, mobilizes American policymakers, businesses and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger. As part of World Food Day and Trimble's ongoing commitment to feeding the growing global population, Trimble's donation will go to support the United Nations World Food Programme's greatest needs programming, which includes emergency food assistance. "As a company deeply committed to feeding our growing population, we see a great need for supporting entities such as the World Food Program USA to help provide food and safety for people in crisis across the globe, Through support of organizations that align with our mission to feed the world, we hope to provide food for communities who are made vulnerable by circumstances they cannot control, including women and children." -Jim Chambers, vice president and general manager, Trimble Agriculture. The U.N. World Food Programme, the world's largest hunger-relief organization, has been on the frontlines of the world's worst hunger crises, fighting hunger and famine since 1962. As the global hunger crisis continues—with 345 million people facing severe hunger and 50 million on the brink of famine—the U.N. World Food Programme is currently undergoing its largest scale-up ever, working to provide life-saving meals to 152 million of the world's most vulnerable people in more than 120 countries and territories this year. Every day, the U.N. World Food Programme, the U.N.'s logistics leader, deploys its advanced network of 5,600 trucks, 100 planes and 30 ships to ensure food is delivered to those who need it most. "We thank Trimble for their generous contribution, which will help feed thousands of families in need, At this time of unprecedented global hunger, the private sector plays a pivotal role in helping us fund essential programs for communities made vulnerable by the intersection of conflict, climate warming, rising costs, and the economic aftermath of COVID-19." -Barron Segar, World Food Program USA president and CEO. Trimble Agriculture provides solutions that solve complex technology challenges across the entire agricultural supply chain, enabling farmers and advisors to allocate scarce resources to produce a safe, reliable food supply in a profitable and environmentally sustainable manner. The company has a strong commitment to the greater agriculture community and giving back to organizations that support its mission to feed the growing population across the globe. About World Food Program USA: The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the world's largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. World Food Program USA, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC, proudly supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme by mobilizing American policymakers, businesses and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger. Our leadership and support help to bolster an enduring American legacy of feeding families in need around the world. About Trimble's Agriculture Division: Trimble's Agriculture Division provides solutions that solve complex technology challenges across the entire agricultural supply chain. The solutions enable farmers and advisors to allocate scarce resources to produce a safe, reliable food supply in a profitable and environmentally sustainable manner. Covering all seasons, crops, terrains and farm sizes, Trimble solutions can be used on most equipment on the farm, regardless of manufacturer. To enable better decision making, Trimble offers technology integration that allows farmers to collect, share, and manage information across their farm, while providing improved operating efficiencies in the agricultural value chain. Trimble solutions include guidance and steering, desktop and cloud-based data management, flow and application control, water management, harvest solutions and correction services. About Trimble: Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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