March 24, 2021
CTIA Wireless Foundation and the Do Good Institute Continue Partnership
CTIA Wireless Foundation is proud to announce our continued partnership with the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. A part of our Accelerator Partnership initiative, our support of the Do Good Institute builds on a successful 2020 collaboration.
The Do Good Institute seeks to develop the next generation of civic-minded nonprofit leaders and social innovators by encouraging students to use entrepreneurship principles and real-world learning experiences to address significant social issues.
“These students are tackling significant challenges in our communities through the use of wireless technology,” said Dori Kreiger, CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director. “Their innovation continues to inspire us, and we are delighted to support Do Good again this year.”
The Do Good Institute offers student social entrepreneurs a variety of resources and opportunities to spur the growth and development of their entrepreneurial ventures. Students receive access to workspaces, personal and professional development opportunities, coaching and financial support and access to funders and investors.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Do Good Institute has adapted their programs to virtual settings and increased support to student and alumni social entrepreneurs who are addressing health issues.
“At the Institute, we know the value of partnerships and the power they have to create lasting change. We’re so grateful to have the continued support from CTIA Wireless Foundation this year,” said Sara Gallagher, Associate Director of Do Good Institute. “The Foundation’s partnership enables us to support students working across sectors and issues to create positive social impact fueled by innovative wireless technology”.
Here are a few notable examples of Do Good social entrepreneurs utilizing wireless technology:
- Chat Health: Using two SMS-based AI chatbots, Chat Health is bridging the gap between college students and medically accurate health information. More than 4,000 students have used the service to access health information related to Covid-19 and more.
- Audelia Community Response Team (ACRT): Audelia is a mutual aid group that uses SMS text messaging and a voice hotline to provide food and other essential resources to those in need. They focus on individuals in Langley Park, MD, and the surrounding community, with a focus on immigrant and Latinx communities that face additional barriers to access resources.
The Foundation is sponsoring this year’s Do Good Challenge. The Challenge will take place as a series of virtual events and will culminate with the Do Good Challenge Awards Premiere on April 29. These events will feature the six Do Good finalists who are addressing issues such as public health, hunger, volunteerism and more. Our own Dori Kreiger will participate in the Institute’s Leadership Exchange series, a virtual speaker series featuring nonprofit and social impact leaders. Dori will be speaking about accelerating impact through partnerships at 12:00pm ET on April 1.
We are proud to partner with organizations like the Do Good Institute that nurture and develop the potential of social entrepreneurs to deliver positive outcomes for communities nationwide through wireless technology.