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Givesome foundation taking "tech for good" motto literal at True North

Jay Whitelaw Founder, Executive Director Givesome

“Tech for Good” is the tag line for Communitech’s massive tech conference taking place at Lot42 in Kitchener.

One local company is taking that line quite literally.

The Givesome Foundation out of Guelph is hoping the thousands in attendance will translate to thousands in donations for a local charity.

Givesome hopes to raise $5,000 during the conference to raise money for St. John’s Kitchen in Kitchener.

The Givesome app is unique because it only allows donors to give in $2 – $5 and $10 donations.

Givesome founder Jay Whitelaw says this allows more people to be included in the giving process,

“It’s all low donations, which is great because now people who don’t have a ton of money can get involved and are as important as wealthy people.” Said Whitelaw

Whitelaw adds that Givesome is operational in 26 countries across the globe, “Countries like Haiti, we have Haitians who can afford to give a small amount giving to a local cause, we did a project in Ghana a little while ago and had people in Ghana giving.” Said Whitelaw.

Another unique feature of Givesome is they send donors a video of where there money goes.

Whitelaw says this can often be a very emotional experience, “They get that content back, and I’ve been in the room where people have seen a video a simple 30 second cell phone video come back and they are moved to tears that they are able to help that person.”

Givesome is hoping to raise $5,000 at True North to give to The Working Centre and St. Johns Kitchen.

All money raised will be matched by AMJ Campbell movers.