Sparrow Annual Impact Report | 2017-18

Sparrow Annual Impact Report | 2017-18

Sparrow is honored and delighted to publish its first Sparrow Annual Impact Report | 2017-18, available for download via the company’s new impact section. Current impact areas focus on communities facing digital poverty including women, youth, refugees, and homeless families in both the US and abroad. Ultimately, Sparrow customers make Sparrow impact come to life in a powerful and sustainable way. For every Sparrow mobile subscriber (“sponsor sparrow”) a smartphone or service plan goes to someone in need (“impact sparrow”) via nonprofit partners and programs. With more mobile subscriptions in the U.S. than people, we are leveraging the massive mobile industry for positive change. Together, we are creating a more inclusive world; one smartphone and one person at a time. Join the movement by signing up at...
Announcing the Sparrow Mobile Program for Nonprofits and Libraries

Announcing the Sparrow Mobile Program for Nonprofits and Libraries

Connect Your Team and Scale Your Nonprofit Impact Sparrow partnered with TechSoup to provide smartphone donations and service plan discounts to verified nonprofits and libraries, and those who directly support them, including employees, volunteers and donors. It’s one small way of saying thank you for all the good you do. Sparrow Mobile for Nonprofits Program Benefits 10% off any products in the Sparrow catalog + access to donated smartphones & SIMs 5% off Sparrow monthly service plans or sign up for the Just Plan, available only to nonprofit organizations Social benefit: For every customer, Sparrow donates a smartphone or service plan to someone in digital poverty How to Access the Sparrow Mobile for Nonprofits Program Purchase any Sparrow offer on TechSoup Save the TechSoup Order Reference Number provided in the TechSoup order confirmation email Place an order with Sparrow by calling (844) 697-7277 Ext. 2 or via the Nonprofit Program Order form You will be asked to provide your organization name and the TechSoup Order Reference number to verify your nonprofit status.  Share the Love: A Benefit for Your Entire Organization When your nonprofit or library orders Sparrow on TechSoup, anyone who contributes directly to your organization—including employees, volunteers and donors—can also take advantage of Sparrow discounts and donations for nonprofits by requesting access here. Share your organization name and the TechSoup Order Reference number with your organization’s employees, volunteers and donors. When placing an order with Sparrow, to qualify for the nonprofit discount, they will be asked to provide this information.   About TechSoup TechSoup, a 501c3 nonprofit, is the largest distributor of technology to nonprofits and libraries in the world. Verified nonprofits and libraries can access technology donations and...
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...
In the News: Smartphones are a Lifeline for Homeless People

In the News: Smartphones are a Lifeline for Homeless People

Mobile for All featured by The Guardian The Guardian newspaper in the UK recently covered Mobile for All’s homeless program. Here’s what Mobile for All program manager, Allan Baez, had to say: “Smartphones are incomparable tools for connecting people who are isolated, and empowering homeless and extreme-low-income individuals to access life-changing services and gain self-sufficiency,” says Baez. Read the full article...
Take the #PhonelessFriday Challenge

Take the #PhonelessFriday Challenge

How Long Can You Go… Announcing the #PhonelessFriday Challenge for the month of December! Each Friday this month, try going without using your mobile phone and time how long you last. Every Friday during December, turn off your mobile phone for the day If you need to use your phone, log the time of day on Facebook or Twitter, and tag with #PhonelessFriday Challenge friends and family to do the same Why is a mobile company asking people to use their phones less? Glad you asked! #PhonelessFriday was created to draw attention to a new program, Mobile4All, and how much so many of us rely on our phones, as well as how our lives would be impacted by not having it for a day… getting directions, talking to our families, making business calls, getting a Lyft, finding out where to catch the bus, texting friends, sending a tweet, and the list goes on. Did you know the U.S. has one of the most expensive mobile phone services in the world? This is a barrier to many low-income people who need mobile phones to communicate with potential employers and landlords, follow-up with case managers, schedule medical appointments, and connect with friends and relatives. People with very few resources face a choice between unaffordable mobile phone services, and unreliable public programs that offer extremely limited talk time and text messages. Often on pre-paid plans with “burner phones,” many low-income people do not have a phone number they can keep, or regular access to voicemail. Going without your phone too hard to imagine? In lieu of giving up your phone for a day, consider helping someone in need get connected by making a contribution to...