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Canadian company uses technology to facilitate charity

Last Updated Dec 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm PDT

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Summary

A Calgary-based firm is using technology to help people give back

Benevity says there was about $1.6-billion of giving this year

Benevity provides corporations worldwide with a cloud-based platform for employees to give

LAS VEGAS (NEWS 1130) – Giving Tuesday was apparently the busiest day of the year for a Canadian company that uses technology to facilitate charity.

There was an estimated $1.6-billion of giving in all of 2019, according to Benevity Vice President of Engineering John Mortimer.

The Calgary-based firm provides corporations worldwide with a cloud-based platform for employees to give — money that’s often matched by employers.

“They’re the world’s most iconic brands,” Mortimer told NEWS 1130 at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. “Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft.”

On personal data, Mortimer says the amount Benevity keeps is an absolute minimum. However, he says it uses non-identifiable data to build better programs and grow the business.

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct the estimated total of giving in all of 2019, and to clarify that money is often matched by employers.