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17.07.2018

Technology for Social Good – working with JPMorgan

Inspiring Scotland’s Pro Bono team has been working with J.P. Morgan over the last two years. Through its Force for Good program, J.P. Morgan provides, on a pro bono basis, expertise in innovative technology to local charitable organisations.

The bank’s Force for Good initiative leverages the power of technology and people to inspire change, foster inclusion, and make a difference in local communities.

The programme is global in reach and last year more than 900 participants delivered over 49,000 hours, working on 93 projects. 12 of these projects were delivered in Scotland, registering over 9,500 pro bono hours delivered by 112 participants. Two projects were delivered to Inspiring Scotland-supported charities, and a bit of tech support to Inspiring Scotland’s Pro Bono Executive, were very gratefully received!

Inspiring Scotland and J.P. Morgan’s team demonstrates the value of collaboration between the third and corporate sectors.

Working with J.P. Morgan’s Force for Good programme for the last two years, ENABLE now has a mobile app aimed at supporting its clients to build skills for the future and allowing them to develop these skills independently in a format accessible to them. The JPM team successfully delivered features requested such as “I’m lost”, which sends their location to an emergency contact, and “To Do” which allows users to record video, audio, and pictures to aide them in their regular tasks. User feedback has been fantastic: “This app is a life saver and I love using it – no one knows when I am looking at my phone and that I need some help, it just helps me be the same as everyone else.” (ENABLE client)

J.P. Morgan’s Force for Good team migrated People First Scotland’s static website to a freshly-designed WordPress platform that is easy to maintain and has clearer navigation with appropriate accessibility options, enhancing the overall user experience. As the National Organisation of adults with a Learning Disability in Scotland, People First needed a website that reflected the wide scope of its work. “The Force for Good team worked really hard to listen and understand what our members were looking for, we really enjoyed being part of the project.” (People First Staff member)

Pro Bono at Inspiring Scotland took advantage of some last-minute capacity from one of the technology teams who subsequently delivered a tailored add-on to our Salesforce CRM. “I was delighted to work with the team and my first-hand experience brought home the complete ‘buy in’ from the teams – they really own their projects!” (Elaine Crichton PBE)

 

 

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