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Sparrow Program for Refugees Featured at White House Roundtable During United Nations General Assembly

Sparrow Program for Refugees Featured at White House Roundtable During United Nations General Assembly

Sparrow Joins White House Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis Along with 50 Private Sector Companies SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 20, 2016) Sparrow, a U.S. wireless company applying the buy-one-give-one model for world change, announced its participation in the White House Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis. The White House invited Sparrow to present its RefugeeMobile program, backed in part by a MacArthur Discovery Grant, that provides new refugees who arrive in the United States with smartphones and apps designed to help them connect with their support network, learn English, find jobs and contribute to their new communities. There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number on record since the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began collecting statistics. More than 21 million of these people have crossed international borders in search of safety and are registered as refugees. Refugees are people just like everyone else — mothers, fathers, doctors, teachers, students — who have been driven from their homes and across international borders by violence and persecution. More than half are children. “The stories we hear from RefugeeMobile participants are heart breaking, but their resilience is awe inspiring,” said Matt Bauer, CEO, Sparrow. “We are humbled and honored to present RefugeeMobile to President Obama and see an enormous opportunity for improving refugee resettlement services in the U.S. by applying smartphones and modern technology,” said Bauer. Sparrow responded to the White House Call to Action with a pledge to expand Sparrow’s Texas-based RefugeeMobile program from 250 families to 1,000 or more families...
Businesses Doing Good Spotlight on Sparrow

Businesses Doing Good Spotlight on Sparrow

In Great Company with Businesses Doing Good & A Billion+ Change Round Up Business Doing Good featured BetterWorld in this recent round up of small business that are making a difference with skills-based volunteerism. In addition to Mobile for All donations, the BetterWorld team loves supporting impact partners and other local programs by volunteering our skills and expertise. For example, we provided classroom support for Black Girls Code programming workshops, and we helped deliver mobile skills training sessions for Mobile4All participants with Downtown Streets. Volunteering both our skills and time is another way we can give back, enables us to witness our mobile impact first hand, is great team building, and just feels good to do. In addition to Business Doing Good, BetterWorld was also featured in this awesome eBook produced by Rachel Hutchisson for A Billion+ Change. Read the article on BusinessDoingGood.com  >> Get the eBook on ABillionPlusChange.org  >>...

The Future of the Nonprofit Workplace: Introducing the Mobile Office

By Matthew Bauer, Founder & CEO, Sparrow. Originally published in the Guidestar Blog on July 10, 2014.   From GenMobile to telecommuting, the nature of work and the office are fast changing: nonprofits, are you ready to cut the cord? “In the near future the term ‘office’ will be obsolete and the drab surroundings we associate with the executive life will be erased as a new model for work emerges. This emerging vision of the workplace will facilitate flexible working patterns in a society in which nine-to-five working is increasingly the exception rather than the rule.”  This opening statement from a new report by Aruba Networks, Workplace Futures, sets the table for an amazing opportunity confronting nonprofits and organizations:  How to harness new mobile and cloud technologies to both make how and where they work more productive, efficient, and cost effective. Remote work is starting to scale up significantly: 15% since 1990, growing to 50% of the workforce by 2020 (Cornell, Remote Work). And Millennials in particular prefer alternative work environments, so how are nonprofits to evolve and embrace this trend? Here is a simple four-part mobile and flexible office strategy to get you started: Bechmark Current Systems: Look at how your organization communicates today, both internally and with external stakeholders.  What technologies do you employ and how much do they cost?  Look at both hard costs and soft costs, such as maintenance and inefficiencies in the older, disparate technologies. Create a Plan: Scan mainstream technology options offered today, and concentrate on opportunities for a) making your organization less dependent on specific physical locations; and b) how to create one seamless and easy-to-maintain system for uniting your...

Nonprofits: Take Your Cause Mobile!

There are now more cell phones than toothbrushes, and as of 2013, smartphones surpassed regular phone sales. But what are the implications for your nonprofit, and how can you craft a mobile impact strategy to advance your programs, fundraising, and work overall? Our co-founder Darian Rodriguez Heyman provides a practical primer on all aspects of mobile for good: its applications for nonprofits; how to effectively launch your mobile presence; and tips and tools for implementation. Check out the...
Mobile Impact Machine: A new partnership model leverages the world’s largest interconnected industry to help break cycles of poverty

Mobile Impact Machine: A new partnership model leverages the world’s largest interconnected industry to help break cycles of poverty

By Matthew Bauer, Founder & CEO, Sparrow. Originally published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on June 10, 2014.   “Affordable mobile phones and the opportunities they usher in for the poor will be one of the most dramatic game-changing technologies the world has ever seen.” When the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the leading association of global mobile operators and related companies, made this point in a 2013 report, it raised a question: How do we take this very personal device, and turn it into a tool for creating social impact and building global empathy? The possibilities of leveraging telecommunication carriers and their networks to help solve pervasive social issues are endless; we can use them to help improve access to education and health care, end violence against women, bolster entrepreneurship, stem the homeless epidemic, and empower those with disabilities. There are some great examples of this: M-Pesa, the mobile phone-based money-transfer and microfinancing service, is now serving tens of millions throughout Africa (60 percent of Kenya’s GDP is now transacted on M-Pesa). mHealth is improving health care by placing best practices in the hands of frontline health workers. Grameenphone started as a pioneering initiative to empower rural women of Bangladesh and has grown into the leading and largest telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh, with more than 48.68 million subscribers as of March 2014. But while there are already many mobile technologies, applications, and programs aimed at improving people’s lives, as a whole they represent a mere fraction of the potential for impact that lies within the $2 trillion global telecom industry—an industry that has more month-to-month recurring customers...