Awards $1 Million in Communications Grants

As part of its pledge to commit 1 percent of its equity to advance social impact programs, has announced grants totaling $1 million to eight nonprofit organizations using innovative communications strategies to drive social change.

Recipients of the grants, which were awarded through the cloud communications company's Impact Fund, include CareMessage, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that uses mobile technology to improve the health of underserved populations; the OpenGov Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit that is leading a bipartisan effort to develop a Congressional Digital Service modeled on former President Barack Obama's digital services teams; the San Francisco-based Mission Asset Fund, which works to facilitate zero-interest lending and credit-building program for low-income families and will use the funds to maximize client engagement via SMS and increase the number of families it lends to; and Fast Forward, a San Francisco-based accelerator that works with tech nonprofits to scale solutions to global challenges.

Other recipients include Democracy Works, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the idea that voting should fit the way we live; Trek Medics International, a New York City-based nonprofit that will use the funds to expand its Beacon platform, making it easier for partners to design, test, launch, and manage emergency dispatching systems in more than fifty countries; New York City-based Lesbians Who Tech, which will use the funds to provide scholarships to gender nonconforming and LGBTQ women who want to learn how to code; and Oakland-based #YesWeCode, which will use its grant to launch a national job training pilot program that recruits underrepresented minorities to coding bootcamps and then places them in nine- to twelve-month apprenticeships. 

“Whether it’s the message that reminds an at-risk woman to get screened for cancer or the call that connects someone with their lawmaker, we have seen firsthand the impact the right communication at the right time creates,” said Twilio vice president of social impact Erin Reilly. “We are honored to play a role in helping these eight organizations scale their impact even further.”