YourCause Hackathon Results in Tracking Technology for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Cassandra Bennett August 25, 2016 News

YourCause is the first Employee Engagement Platform provider to develop technology directly related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) allowing users to track and report on donations and volunteer hours related to the IMPACT 2030 initiative. The initiative to support the United Nations’ program was the impetus for a company-wide hackathon that sparked innovation, teamwork, and incremental development of additional tools that will integrate the UN’s SDGs into YourCause’s existing CSRconnect Employee Engagement platform. The tracking and reporting functionality allows nonprofit organizations to identify which of the United Nation’s SDGs appropriately align with their mission, and displays the results to enterprises and their respective employees within CSRconnect’s charity search functionality. In total, the UN and its partners have established 17 overall Sustainable Development Goals – also referred to as ‘Global Goals’ – that are designed to tackle issues such as poverty, inequality, and climate change, and were developed as part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“More than a year ago, we established a small internal team to research and become quasi-experts on what the United Nations and many of our top clients are pushing forward within the established 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” stated Matt Combs, Founder and CEO of YourCause. “Not only has our internal team achieved their goal of fully understanding the initiative, but our entire company has rallied together to develop new technology that we feel will fully support the entire nonprofit world and all our clients, and will open up new ways in which donors and volunteers will direct their ability to impact.”

YourCause’s Chief Technology Officer, Leo D’Angelo, initiated the hackathon in which the company was divided into two teams with the focus to optimize development productivity and model a sustainable production plan for enhancements and new technology within the existing corporate engagement platform.

“In past careers, I have had the opportunity to participate in Hackathons,” stated D’Angelo. “I found these exercises are beneficial on multiple levels – producing a new product in record time; interdepartmental understanding of each other’s roles within a product launch; and overall interpersonal camaraderie. Not only did this hackathon accomplish all those things, but it also helped YourCause to be the first to market with the ability to track the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

The new product, which has assumed the name of ‘The Global Goals Gateway’, is scheduled for a three-phase rollout plan that will begin in the fourth quarter of 2016. The phases are geared towards: nonprofit partners, enterprise clients, and the general consumer community. Phase one will focus on encouraging charities to register and declare alignment with the SDGs, while in turn provides data that nonprofits and companies will use to report on SDG-related donations and volunteering.

The IMPACT 2030 initiative is centered on a global private sector led collaboration, which mobilizes employee volunteers to directly contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. IMPACT 2030 consists of Partner companies that believe in a corporate volunteering commitment to accelerate the global achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda, advance the practice and impact of employee volunteering, and inspire the private sector to positive action.

To learn more about the integration of the Global Goals Gateway, contact Dustin Joost at djoost@yourcause.com.