What is WePledge?

WePledge is your commitment to make a difference in the world. The WePledge program offers inspiration and vetted giving and volunteer opportunities for individuals who commit 1% of their time and/or financial resources to social causes during a one-year period.

To accelerate the WePledge community’s impact, $1 million USD from Twilio’s donor advised fund will be donated to global nonprofit organizations. The first 10,000 eligible individuals* who join WePledge by the end of 2020 can select one of ten nonprofits to receive a $100 donation from Twilio’s donor advised fund when they sign up.

We envision a world in which everyone donates 1% of their time and/or financial resources annually to create social good. Join the WePledge movement today and start making your impact.

 

How can I participate in WePledge?

It’s easy to make an impact with WePledge! Here’s how:

Step 1: Pledge to donate 1% of your time and/or financial resources over the course of the next 12 months. To take the Pledge, visit wepledge.org or text PLEDGE to 44663 (U.S. numbers only).

Step 2: Live your pledge by volunteering with and donating to the charities and causes of your choice. You can participate in the monthly recommendation from Twilio or do an activity of your own. (Always be sure to comply with local laws when fulfilling your pledge.)

Step 3: Share your good works with the WePledge community and your social network.

You decide how and when to carry out your Pledge. The goal is to donate 1% of your financial resources and/or time over the course of the next twelve months. You can participate monthly, a few times a year, or all at once!

 

How can I learn more about the charitable organizations that receive a $100 donation from the Twilio donor advised fund?

The first 10,000 eligible individuals* who take the Pledge by December 31, 2020 will have the opportunity to designate a $100 USD donation to one of the ten global organizations listed below. Twilio will advise the sponsor of Twilio’s donor advised fund to make the designated gifts, and the sponsor has already said that it will make them. These contributions will not be treated as made by you (the WePledge participant) or on your behalf for income or other tax purposes.

The organizations are:

You can find the final list of donation amounts on this webpage after January 31, 2021. Donations to these organizations will be made on or around January 31, 2021. If 10,000 people do not sign up and there are remaining funds available, funds will be equally divided between and donated to the ten organizations. Since all donations will be made from Twilio’s existing donor advised fund, they will not be treated as new or extra contributions by Twilio for its tax purposes.

 

Why did Twilio choose these ten organizations to encourage support through WePledge?

The nonprofits we select have demonstrated that they:

1. Support global challenges our world faces, including those related to a lack of access to education, poverty, food insecurity, climate change, social justice, and more;

2. Qualify as tax-exempt charitable organizations or have comparable nongovernmental organization or civil society status in the countries where they were formed; and

3. Make it a policy not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable law.

 

What is October’s Cause of the Month?

In October we’re working to promote mental health.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on October 10th and is a key initiative to achieving SDG #3, Good Health and Wellbeing. While already a global issue, experts say that the Coronavirus will lead to a dramatic increase in new mental health problems, including depression, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Here is what our WePledge community can do to help. Unified around the globe, we can make a difference.

Organizations promoting mental health

Consider supporting one of these global mental health organizations that provide crisis lines and behavioral health technology services.

Volunteer

If you have an hour or less, consider these options:

Build awareness and inspire hope. The National Alliance on Mental Illness encourages people to share their mental health story and pledge to be stigma free. Participate in an in-person or virtual walk to commemorate World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Use your social networks to start a conversation about mental health and dispel stigma. Here’s a sample tweet.

Be an ally. You don’t need to be a qualified counselor to offer support, just an understanding voice in a phone call, or a friendly face in a video-conference. Remember to listen, provide emotional support and inspire hope. If they need more help, a list of global crisis lines is available here.

If you have more time, volunteer counselors are needed to staff crisis lines around the world. Each of these organizations provides training and the opportunity to support people in need.

  • Crisis Text Line (40+ hours): Crisis counselor positions available in the US, UK and Ireland. 40-hour virtual training, 1-year commitment.
  • Lifeline Australia (2-20 hours): Offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including crisis supporters, retail volunteers, book fair volunteers, and more.
  • Objective Zero (20 hours): After a 7-hour, self-paced virtual training, you’ll be able to provide volunteer peer support and resources to veterans.
  • TransLifeline (50+ hours): Trans individuals are encouraged to volunteer as crisis counselors. 32-hour virtual training and two hours/week of talk time.
  • Trevor Project (40+ hours): After a 40-hour virtual training, provide crisis support to LGBTQ youth during 3-4 hour shifts monthly.
  • Turn2Me (10 hours): Help improve and promote services as a Youth or Adult Council member to improve and promote their services.

If you or someone you know is struggling, here is a list of global crisis lines. Do you have other giving or volunteer ideas in support of mental health? Let us know at wepledge1@twilio.com.

 

How will Twilio support me?

When you sign up for WePledge, you’ll receive monthly tips and resources for taking action along with vetted volunteer and giving opportunities with global charitable organizations.

Here’s what you can expect from Twilio:

During the first week of each month, Twilio will share a WePledge Cause of the Month for our movement to support. You can subscribe to receive these updates over SMS or email. You may unsubscribe at any time. We will only use the contact information you provide to contact you about the WePledge program and will use your personal information in accordance with Twilio’s privacy policy.

The WePledge Cause of the Month will support achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030.

We’ll provide you with giving and/or volunteer ideas – or you can select your own activities.

If the WePledge Cause of the Month doesn’t resonate with you, feel free to choose another social issue to support. Or skip that month! You do not need to participate every month to be part of the movement. Just keep in mind how often you want to participate to carry out your 1% Pledge.

 

Who can participate in WePledge?

WePledge participation is open to everyone anywhere in the world.

If your company is interested in adopting the WePledge program to power your employees’ social impact efforts, visit wepledge.org.

 

Are US and Non-US residents eligible to select an organization for the $100 donation from Twilio’s donor advised fund?

We encourage everyone to take the Pledge. And while WePledge is global, laws are local. US residents are eligible to designate a $100 donation to one of the ten charities listed above. For non-US residents, there may be laws in your country or in the US that regulate the ability to make a donation to one of these organizations. We reserve the right to determine whether your participation complies with applicable laws. Regardless of where you are from, please respect and comply with your local laws in fulfilling your pledge.

 

What happens if I don’t live my Pledge?

WePledge is an honor system. Do what you can this year. If you can’t carry out your 1% pledge this year, try again next year!

 

When can I join WePledge? Can I join later in the year?

You can join WePledge at any time. Your Pledge is an annual commitment to donate 1% of your time and/or financial resources to causes you care about. You can (and we hope you will!) pledge every year!

 

I have a question for the WePledge team. Who do I contact?

You can reach us at wepledge1@twilio.com

 

*Individuals must be 13 years or older to sign up. Residents of any country that is subject to an embargo of the United States government may sign up but will not be eligible to designate an organization to receive a $100 USD donation. Limit 1 donation per person. Void where prohibited.