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Join the creators of BetterWorld Wireless, Matt Bauer, Amy Tucker, and Darian Rodriguez Heyman for a talk on social good and mobile Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 12-1PM PST HERE in this forum thread. Mobile technology is changing the world. Social change is now in everyone’s hands. Discover how nonprofits, libraries, and volunteers can create impact with mobile. Learn from Betterworld’s experiences, successes and challenges on these topics:
Matt, Amy, Darian, we're looking forward to this. Betterworld does some great work - let's shout it from the mountaintops!
Thanks, Chris - we're looking forward to this Soupchat!
Thanks Amy! I saw your profile - looking great!
Will do Chris, thanks!
We're just about ready to go!
Hello all and welcome! We’re here with the creators of BetterWorld Wireless for a talk on social good and mobile! Amy Tucker is co-founder and Chief Impact Officer at BetterWorld Wireless. She invented the company's Phone for Phone program as a way to weave impact directly into the telecom industry and connect people in meaningful ways. For more about Amy see her profile here: http://dev.drgbl.net/?id=cs/members/amytucker/. Follow Amy on Twitter @amyetucker.Matthew Bauer is CEO and co-founder BetterWorld Wireless. Most recently, Matt helped lead a team partnered with the US Dept. of Commerce to co-found a workforce development company based in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which has used broadband technology to create jobs in a distressed economy. For more about Matt see his profile here: http://dev.drgbl.net/?id=cs/members/mblairbauer/. Follow Matt on Twitter @mbbbauer.Darian Rodriguez Heyman is Chief Development Officer and Co-founder of BetterWorld Wireless. He is also the former E.D. of Craigslist Foundation, Co-Founder of Social Media for Nonprofits, the only conference series devoted to social media for social good, and the best-selling author of Nonprofit Management 101 (Jossey-Bass). For more about Darian see his profile here: http://dev.drgbl.net/?id=cs/members/dheyman1/. Follow Darian on Twitter @dheyman.Welcome Amy, Matt and Darian! Who has the first question for BetterWorld Wireless on Mobile for Good?
Thanks for having us! My Twitter handle is @dheyman and I know many of the TechSoupers out there from my days running Craigslist Foundation & writing Nonprofit Management 101.
Thanks, Darian! Let's get started. I'm anxious to know more about BetterWorld Wireless - can you sum up your mission and history for us?
In a world of wireless/mobile companies that are all competing, what makes BetterWorld Wireless stand out? What makes you of special interest to the nonprofits here at TechSoup?
Gayle Samuelson Carpentier, Chief Business Development Officer, TechSoup Global
Thanks for the question! We're really the first company to focus on the unique needs of nonprofits in the US, even though we represent 10% of the US workforce! I'd say there are 3 things that we do specially for nonprofits:
-Save money & upgrade tech. So far, 94% of our customers save money when switching- mainly that's since we're the first company to only charge you for the minutes, messages, and megs you actually use- we call it our Just Plan and we think it's fair and transparent. TechSoup registered nonprofits also save an extra 5% and can get a free smartphone if they sign a one-year contract, otherwise it's no contract.
-Advance social impact via our Phone for Phone program- for every customer we sign up, we donate a free phone or tablet to women & kids in need, with the goal of ending cycles of poverty. All these donations happen via our nonprofit partners- our customers are here in the US, but donations happen globally.
-Save staff time. We provide each nonprofit customer with a dedicated concierge, so instead of your IT person fielding calls about lost or broken phones, we can handle that for you, enabling you to stay focused on your mission.
Hi Chris and thanks - - the BetterWorld Wireless mission is to create a new model in the $2T mobile services industry, connecting mobile customers with direct social impact via our giving partners like Black Girls Code and Worldreader, through our buy one give one program, Phone4Phone. In addition, our fair and transparent rate plan offers U.S. mobile services consumers and orgs a way to just pay for what they use. Our goal is to create a new pathway for empathy by using mobile service itself to help connect those in need with those who can help.
Our history is that we were started earlier this year, working very closely with TechSoup and Sprint to bring a model that would benefit its 250k members and community, as well as the broader sustainable community.
Thanks - hey, just wondered, is your program just for organizations (that's normal here at TechSoup) or can nonprofit staff take advantage of this program?
Adding a bit more to the history, our sister company, BetterWorld Telecom has been a TechSoup partner for a number of years, offering discounted and donated VoIP and conferencing services and devices to the TechSoup community. Our team is a mix of telecom and social entrepreneurs who have all started a number of impact-related for profits and nonprofits over the past 15 years.
We're excited to be the very first TechSoup offer that's not only available to nonprofits registered with the site, but also to their employees, volunteers, and donors, as well as their families. So basically once you sign up for the TechSoup offer and get your discount code, you can share that with your inner circle and everyone enjoys the 5% off!
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