Questions answered by Jim Halling, Director of Corporate Development at Good360. This follow-up survey was designed to serve as a resource for understanding how grants serve nonprofits, and what obstacles grant recipients might encounter while implementing projects.
Good360 was the recipient of $7,500 in grant money to put towards a major new platform, DisasterRecovery360, seeking to prepare for, and address the short and long-term needs that follow natural disasters. The award, specifically, was to be used in the build phase, allowing Good 360 to think through what the portal should do specifically to help communities and organizations, and how it should be set up for the greatest benefit and efficiencies.
Q: How was the Technology Innovation Award of $7,500 used?
The award from the 2014 Technology Innovation Awards competition enabled Good 360 to continue to move forward with our plans to create DisasterRecovery360.
Built and managed by Good360, DisasterRecovery360 ensures that the needs of communities impacted by disaster are met in a timely manner throughout the full recovery process by ensuring the right goods are delivered to the right place at the right time.
The new DisasterRecovery360 technology platform:
- Collects real-time product needs from nonprofits responding at the site of a disaster,
- Spotlights and shares those needs with generous companies and individuals who can help,
- Provides timely updates as product needs change with every stage of disaster, and
- Shares stories about how donations are used and how they are helping
Good360, officially launched DisasterRecovery360 in New Orleans during events marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in September.
Additional funding for the Disasterrecovery360 technology platform was provided by The UPS Foundation and Walmart.
Q: From a programmatic perspective, this new platform was to take a more holistic view of disaster relief, allowing Good360 and its partner’s better tool for staging donations through the entire life cycle of a recovery. The goal was to make Good360 and its partners work more effectively and efficiently post-disaster. Is this still what you expect?
The DR360 technology platform addresses the longstanding challenge of distributing donated goods following disaster.
After disaster strikes, millions of individuals and companies donate money, products and time to help local communities rebuild. Unfortunately, many of those well-intentioned supporters don’t know the exact needs on the ground and end up sending items that are either too early to be used in the recovery process or are not a top priority.
It’s estimated that around 60% of all product donations given immediately after a disaster end up in landfills.
That reality led to significant changes at Good360. The launch of Disaster Recovery360 culminates a more than 2.5 year journey to improve how we help respond to disasters.
Q: From a service perspective, the platform would allow for great ability to serve those in need at a time they need it, impacting more lives for the good. Is this still what you expect?
With the disasterRecovery360 platform, we can now collect timely and specific needs from community-based nonprofits working at the site of a disaster and empower companies and individuals to help fulfill those needs. This allows us to deliver critically needed supplies to the right place at the right time immediately following disaster and throughout the full recovery process.
Q: From the perspective of Good360, what has winning the TIA meant to the organization? Has it been used to leverage more funding?
Receiving the 2014 TIA award reaffirmed our long standing commitment and belief that the DisasterRecovery360 technology platform would revolutionize how we would be able to do “good” better. In January of 2015, Good360 received additional funding from Walmart and The UPS Foundation to build out the technology platform.
Q: What has serving as a TIA judge meant to you personally?
I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be part of this year’s judging panel for the 2015 Technology Innovation Awards. Having worked in digital in the Washington DC area for more than fifteen years, I love seeing first-hand the innovation, impact and use of technology by these great local organizations. There are so many deserving entrees that started with a simple goal of how to improve their impact on the community. OUTSTANDING experience.