Good360 awarded $850,000 in Verizon Powerful Answers Award
Alexandria, Va., January 9, 2014— Good360, the nonprofit leader in product giving, was recognized this week as one of the nation’s top innovators in sustainability by Verizon. The nonprofit was a winner in the sustainability category of the Verizon Powerful Answers Award for its Disaster Recovery360 platform, an online portal that will help ensure that the long recovery process for disasters in the U.S. and abroad will be met with the right goods at the right time.
Good360, awarded $850,000 for its innovation, is redefining charitable giving by creating a circle of good that includes companies, charities and individuals working together to make the business of giving simpler, more efficient and more effective. The Disaster Recovery360 portal is the nonprofit’s latest innovation in that effort.
Good360’s Disaster Recovery360 will provide an online tool that takes a holistic view of a community’s recovery from disaster by recognizing that it is a long-term process rather than a problem that can be solved in a matter of days, weeks or months. The ultimate goal is to ensure communities and people are not forgotten in the latter stages of recovery.
Through this cutting-edge portal, nonprofits working in disaster areas will be able to request the right goods during different stages of a disaster, and enable donors – corporations and micro-philanthropists – to fulfill these critical needs at the appropriate time.
“Sixty percent of goods donated during disasters ends up in landfills because the majority of donations arrive in the first six weeks of a disaster. They are often items that are not needed at that time, but may be needed months or even years down the road to recovery,” says Good360 President and CEO Cindy Hallberlin. “Disaster Recovery360 is not just about environmental sustainability. It is about sustaining lives and communities long after the initial concern for a disaster is over.”
The mobile application can use Verizon’s 4G LTE network to connect to the portal, as well as be hosted on Verizon’s cloud solution. Good360 will use its existing logistical capabilities to deliver goods to designated nonprofits working to get affected communities back up and running.
“This unique opportunity linking Good360, with our legacy of serving communities in need, and Verizon’s powerful capabilities could allow us to help millions during times of crisis and disaster by delivering the right goods to the right people at the right time,” says Good360 Chair Carly Fiorina.
The winners were announced January 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Finalists went through three rounds of judging and beat more than 1,300 applications proposing innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.
Verizon’s Powerful Answers awarded $10 million in prizes over three categories—sustainability, healthcare and education. For more information about the finalists and judges, visit the Verizon Powerful Answers web site.