By – Craig Kielburger Co-Founder Free The Children
Changing the world often requires innovative technology and a little imagination. Together, Free The Children and DocuSign are planning to put both into action.
An international charity and educational partner, Free The Children has built more than 650 schools, provided one million people with access to clean water, healthcare and sanitation, and enabled 30,000 women to become self-sufficient through alternative income projects.
Free The Children is proud of our low administration costs: 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to projects. Every business tries to reduce cost to improve the bottom line. For us that means more money to put students in schools, get kids inoculated, and provide children with healthcare.
Our partnership with DocuSign allows us to maximize social impact. We first began a relationship with DocuSign when our partner organization, Me to We, started using DocuSign’s eSignature solution. Me to We is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious and environmentally friendly products and life-changing experiences, including volunteer trips to Free The Children communities. Last year alone, more than 2,000 youth, adults and families came on Me to We trips to our country sites in China, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya and Nicaragua. Part of the process for embarking on a Me to We trip involves providing essential information. Instead of mailing or faxing stacks of paperwork for participants to sign, Me to We now participants DocuSign forms electronically. It’s a greener, friendly approach that saves time, money and trees.
Now, Free The Children and DocuSign are excited to announce a new partnership, as they join forces for We365 —a ground-breaking digital platform that connects young world-changers with each other and with issues they care about.
Using the latest eSignature technology, DocuSign provides an easy and secure way for youth to track and record their volunteer hours. Instead of having to use paper, which can be easily lost or forgotten at home, youth will be able to record their hours electronically. Then, through a simple mobile app or an email, they can request that their teacher or volunteer coordinator verify the hours with an online signature. As DocuSign also provides extensive security for the process, parents and teachers can rest assured that all information is kept confidential and secure.
We look forward to seeing how the partnership grows and develops in the future. It’s such an exciting example of how cutting edge technology can enable youth to make a real difference in the world.