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Read About Us at The Startup

We are pleased to share that an article about the Giving Map, “Actionable Data,” has been published on The Startup–the largest online publication on Medium.com, with over 700,000 subscribers.

Here is a brief excerpt:

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“Most of us in 2020 are overwhelmed and inundated by information. We feel powerless and enfeebled by all the bad news. Actionable data emphasizes the power of informed collective action…”

The article and online video presentation go on to discuss Giving Map as a case study, exploring success factors and lessons learned.

Read more at:

Actionable Data:
Where Design and Data Science Converge

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Until the Smoke Clears

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Photo credits: Maureen Wilson

 

September 13, 2020

As I write this letter, smoke blankets the West Coast. Forest fires show no signs of abating any time soon. The air in Portland, Oregon, where we are headquartered is literally off the charts in terms of breathability.

Meanwhile, the United States approaches a grim milestone. We are currently at 194,000 deaths from Coronavirus. The disease is almost certain to claim 200,000 lives before September ends.

Compassion fatigue is a hazard of our time. There so many things to be sad about. But even $25 a week can make a real difference. Giving Map was formed with a simple idea:

Drive less, and give the money you save to charity.

If you are able, please consider a donation to any of the following organizations involved in relief and recovery from the 2020 West Coast Wildfires:

Northwest Response Fund (American Red Cross)

Wildland Firefighter Foundation provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of fallen and injured wildland firefighters.

Puente (San Mateo, CA)

Ventana Wildlife Society (Big Sur Condor Sanctuary)

California and Pacific Northwest Wildfires (Charity Navigator)

Thank you for your compassion and awareness. We are one nation. We are one planet. Sustainability begins with healing.

Tess Gadwa

Program Director
Givingmap.org

 

 

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Giving Map Featured on CloudBees Podcast

The best part of being featured on The Software Agents podcast from CloudBees? They made a $500 donation to Arkansas Food Bank using our web app! I guided the hosts through the online Giving Map on air, showing them how to find communities that had been severely impacted by COVID-19. Together, we chose the Arkansas Food Bank after visiting their website and checking out their ratings on Charity Navigator.

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Listen to the podcast and read the transcript.

Read the accompanying article.

“If you skip eating out or splurging on delivery a bit, you can probably make it a weekly ritual to give $5, $10, or even $50 to a worthwhile charity wherever things are most dire at the moment.” – Christina Noren

CloudBees Article on Giving Map

Please Note: Our organization has changed its name and logo from Greenslate.us to Givingmap.org, effective August 27. The interview was recorded prior to the name change and includes references to the old name. Greenslate.us and Givingmap.org refer to same the interactive giving app, and the same nonprofit portal website.

Tess Gadwa
Program Director
Givingmap.org

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Greenslate.us is Now Giving Map

(August 27, 2020) Greenslate.us is now Givingmap.org. Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

“We believe our new name better communicates the nature of our first product and our evolving mission,” says Program Director Tess Gadwa. “We develop data-driven, open source software with the goal of transcending local boundaries and bringing donors and volunteers together with organizations matching their goals and values.”

Givingmap.org is a not-for-profit initiative funded through the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Trust, in partnership with Lotus.fm LLC, Yes Exactly Inc., and PDX Hackerspace. The first Giving Map was developed for COVID-19 relief. It helps donors give directly to registered 501c3s in the areas hardest hit.

The principle behind a Giving Map is actionable data–visitors are presented not only with compelling data visualizations, but with opportunities to immediately take action and make a difference. Future Giving Maps will address such issues as climate change, racial justice, and economic opportunity.

 

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Greenslate USA Launches ‘Donate Your Commute’ Campaign to Help Nonprofits Survive COVID-19 Pandemic 

Greenslate USA Launches ‘Donate Your Commute’ Campaign to Help Nonprofits Survive COVID-19 Pandemic 

Interactive pandemic map connects donors and nonprofits; Donors can instantly find communities in need and donate to registered nonprofits in the community.

(August 17, 2020, PORTLAND, OR) Greenslate USA is launching a new initiative to support America’s nonprofits at a time when many are in danger. According to grantmaking organization CAF (Charities Aid Foundation of America), one-third of all U.S.-based nonprofits believe they might shut down in the next 12 months due to financial hardship. As a first step, Greenslate’s “Donate Your Commute” campaign suggests those who are able to look at the Greenslate map for communities in trouble and donate half the money they saved working from home to nonprofits in those communities.

Greenslate’s data-driven web portal focuses on an interactive map currently displaying the number of new COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents in a county over the past 14 days. This striking data visualization helps prospective donors better understand the current state of affairs county by county. From the map, Greenslate.us connects donors directly to lists of local nonprofits in ten categories via Charity Navigator, the world’s largest charity evaluator. The categories include:

  • Hospitals and Primary Care
  • Mental Health
  • Education and Training
  • Food Insecurity
  • Shelter Insecurity
  • Parks and Forests
  • Emergency Response
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Children, Family, Youth and the Elderly
  • Community and Culture

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented level of need in today’s world. It threatens families, communities, and livelihoods,” said Tess Gadwa, the Greenslate.us program director. “Our interactive map helps demonstrate need and the “how you can help” tab connects the prospective donor to causes in that community. With donations dwindling, events canceled, and normal fundraising efforts postponed or canceled, our nation’s nonprofits need a new path to fundraising.

Gadwa continued, “Some communities, like the tech sector, are able to work remotely. With no commuting costs, and restaurant, entertainment and travel expenses curtailed, this community has more disposable income than ever and is looking for information on where to donate. Greenslate’s data-driven/heart-led approach provides a tactical solution.”

The Greenslate data visualization platform officially launches today, combining reliable and current data with vetted charitable organizations, allowing the generosity of donors to have an immediate and positive impact. The data comes from Johns Hopkins University, a trusted source of information regarding coronavirus cases. Greenslate’s map provides a unique and actionable view of up-to-date information county by county. 

“Nonprofits need support now more than ever. According to our most recent survey of rated nonprofits, 54% have had to cut back on programs while, at the same time, seeing an increase demand in services,” shared Kevin Scally, Chief Relationship Officer at Charity Navigator. “In partnership with Greenslate, we’re proud to provide donors with a resource to make a difference in their local communities.”  

“We’re issuing an immediate call to action: let’s help people in need now,” said Gadwa. “Our first Greenslate USA initiative, #DonateYourCommute, is challenging those who can afford it to donate half their commuting savings to nonprofits in those communities particularly hard hit.”

This campaign is only the first Greenslate USA project. There will be additional actionable data visualizations and other social media driven campaigns. In addition, all aspects of Greenslate’s solution leverage the power of sustainable, carbon-neutral web hosting.

About Greenslate.us

Greenslate.us is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit initiative created in partnership with Lotus.fm LLC, PDX Hackerspace, Charity Navigator, the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and a core team of dedicated open source volunteers. Follow GreenslateUSA on Twitter – @GreenslateUSA.

 

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New Online Video Tutorial

Check out this video to learn how to use our newly launched interactive giving map to find the areas hardest hit by #COVID19. Donate where it matters most!

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The Greenslate.us Interactive Map

July 27, 2020

We are proud to announce the launch of the Greenslate.us Interactive Map. This is powerful open source technology designed to make it easier for Americans to respond to changing conditions and give in real time. Coronavirus case data is updated daily, from the Johns Hopkins University datastore: the most reliable source in the world.

But that’s not all. The map is set up so that clicking on each county shows local, grassroots charities specific to the area impacted. Donors can choose from ten donation categories: including hospitals and healthcare providers, jobs and economic training, equipment and supplies, or mental health. This lets donors give according to their values, and it gets more resources to the organizations where the funds will have the greatest impact.

We have chosen to integrate with Charity Navigator because of their strong reputation for comprehensive, reliable data. When you give through the Interactive Map, you can rest assured that your donation will be tax-free and directed to a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. For further security and ease of use, all e-commerce transactions are handled by charitynavigator.org. We do not take any commissions or placement fees.

The Greenslate.us nonprofit portal is designed to effect change and save lives. Thanks for your interest and for stopping by.

 

Tess Gadwa

Program Director
Greenslate.us

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In the Spirit of Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

The events of the past few weeks have demonstrated the enduring reality of systemic racism.

Here are some concrete and tangible ways you can show your commitment toward racial justice. It takes effort, time, and will to donate financially, but there has never been a better moment in history. Please give if you are able.

Black-Founded Nonprofits (Charity Navigator)

137 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color (New York Magazine)

Nonprofits Supporting Black Lives Matter and Civil Rights (Giving Assistant)