Today, we are incredibly excited to share that Box.org has become a supporting member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) Commitments to Action, in the area of disaster relief innovation. By pledging this commitment – a defining feature of CGI – Box.org will dedicate time, volunteer resources, and technology to help revolutionize the way disaster relief nonprofit organizations and NGOs mobilize teams, access mission-critical information, and operate more efficiently in times of crisis through the use of Box’s powerful platform for collaboration.
In 2013, close to 22 million people around the globe were affected by natural disasters, and it’s estimated that natural-disaster costs account for hundreds of billions of dollars in losses per year worldwide. As relief organizations struggle with limited budgets, outdated technologies, and Internet connectivity constraints, their ability to manage and share information with internal and external teams when disasters hit dramatically impacts the speed at which they can save lives. By committing to the CGI pledge, Box.org will dedicate efforts to helping and empowering relief groups with innovative cloud and mobile technology tools that can better assist first responders, on-the-ground volunteers, and back office administrators in an effort to significantly reduce response times, accelerate operational efficiency, and better improve recovery outcomes.
To help catalyze this effort, Box.org has come together with world-class partners to jointly build and share solutions that address the distinct needs and challenges in this critical area. Participating CGI Commitment to Action partners include:
- Nonprofit member communities NetHope and Start-Network;
- Financial empowerment organization Operation Hope;
- 24/7 disaster response organizations AirLink and Team Rubicon Global;
- Cloud technology innovators dedicated to social good, including Twilio.org, CodeScience, the Salesforce Foundation, Okta, and Docusign;
- And global philanthropic leader JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
We’re also excited to announce that Team Rubicon Global, a humanitarian response organization that unites military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams, plans to equip their 30,000 member volunteer base with Box to improve sharing, access and collaboration on critical information before, during and after a disaster.
“Helping people is our flagship activity,” said Steven Hunt, Team Rubicon Global CIO. “Along with Box, the technology innovations we deploy on-the-ground in response to a crisis will help Team Rubicon better serve disaster victims, and do so with improved organization and collaboration.”
Established in 2014, Box.org helps thousands of nonprofits around the globe better achieve their missions and deliver lasting social impact by giving them access to innovative technologies. Our CGI Commitment to Action aligns with our mission to empower grassroots nonprofit communities and NGO’s around the globe. Box.org looks forward to working with more like-minded organizations on our CGI commitment and other programs dedicated to bringing people, technology and ideas together to help shape our future, and to save lives. If you would like to partner with us in this work or if you’d like donated or discounted Box access for your nonprofit organization, visit www.box.org.