Rallying the Chicago Tech Community to Help Those Affected by COVID-19

About ChiTechCares and Percent Pledge

What is ChiTechCares?

ChiTechCares is a Chicago Tech coalition to support COVID-19 relief efforts, created by SwipeSense and in partnership with local organizations MATTER, Sales Assembly, and BuiltIn.

Powered by Percent Pledge, the first company to make customized giving experiences accessible to organizations of any size, this ChiTechCares platform makes it easy for your organization and your employees to be part of something bigger.

Count me in! How can my company contribute?

There are 2 easy ways for companies and/or individuals to support the ChiTechCares COVID-19 Relief Portfolio—comprised of 6 top-rated charities currently on the front lines.

Option 1: Make the Pledge and customize your monthly “subscription for giving” to COVID-19 Relief and any other causes you champion; the platform then automates your giving (+tax receipts) and delivers personal impact stories right to your inbox. (2-3 mins.)

Option 2: Make a one-time donation to the COVID-19 Relief Portfolio, as an organization or on behalf of your Chicago Tech company. (1 min.)

Chicago has built a truly special tech community that we're all lucky to call home. Our like-minded work ethic, positive attitude, philanthropic collaboration, and passion to innovate have never been more important than this moment.

We Are ChiTechCares

Swipe Sense logo

At SwipeSense, we work with hospitals on a daily basis. We are living this crisis through our clients and supporting them in any way we can. Now, more than ever, we feel a duty to help our partners and those affected by COVID-19. As our world continues to face unprecedented challenges, we've asked ourselves how to best fulfill our mission by giving back -- and most importantly: how can we have the most impact?

Questions? Want to learn more? Get in touch with SwipeSense:

Founding Partners

Supporting Partners (Companies & Individuals)

COVID-19 Relief Portfolio

Now is a really critical time to make a big impact. We curated a portfolio of six charities whose efforts are all positively impacting the fight against COVID-19. Make the pledge, and join our force for good.

Maximizing impact for these 3 areas:

1. Our most vulnerable communities without work or food.

2. Our healthcare workers and clinics on the front lines.

3. Our scientists working on a solution and future preparedness.

How the Pledge Model Works

Your monthly subscription for giving

1 Charity Mutual-Funds

Choose from our vetted Cause Portfolios, or search our 1M+ charity database to Build Your Own Portfolio.

2 Automated Giving

Pick your Pledge in 0.5% increments, then watch your giving happen seamlessly each month.

3 Tailored Reports

Check your inbox for personalized Pledge Reports, providing transparency into the impact of your Pledge.

4 Simple Tax Season

Stop searching for donation receipts. We send annual reports with tax receipts and tips.

Give simpler, and know your impact.

Our Vetting Process

To ensure that your money is being put to work as effectively as possible, we put all of our charity partners through a 5-step vetting process.

top-rated charity star icon Top-rated on Charity Navigator, Guidestar, or GreatNonprofits
80 percent of funding goes toward programs pie chart icon Over 80% of funding put toward program expenses
transparent magnifying glass icon Transparent on where donor money is going
financial stability icon Established with at least $1M in annual funding
representative of diverse communities icon Inclusive of the populations they support through diversity of staff and board

Got More Questions...?

Cause Portfolios are like mutual funds for charitable giving. They allow you to give to multiple charities at once, simplifying your giving experience and diversifying your impact. Your donation is evenly distributed to each charity in the portfolio, all of whom have been vetted so that you can trust your impact is maximized. Donating this way also unlocks personal reports with impact stories from these charities -- and everyone needs positive COVID-19 stories right about now!

  • Simplifies your giving experience and saves you time
  • Diversifies your donations and delivers you personal impact reports

The organizations were evaluated on

  • Impact on low-income and minority communities
  • Track record of direct disaster relief
  • Innovations of mission, model, technology, and program administration
  • Financial transparency and organizational effectiveness
  • Ratings from evidence-based charity evaluators, such as Charity Navigator and Guidestar

All donations are 100% tax-deductible; by donating you will help provide the sustained support required to recover from this pandemic. In addition to supporting these top-rated charities on the front lines, personal Pledge Reports will be delivered to your inbox each month; these combine your real-time giving stats with impact stories detailing how these charities are putting your support to work!

Monthly donors (“Pledgers”): the platform securely automates your giving (first donation processed in 2-4 days, subsequent donations on the 15th each month), archive your tax receipts, and send you personalized impact reports.

One-time donors: the platform securely processes your donation immediately, and your tax receipt will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

All donations are securely processed using leading financial security measures together with Plaid & Stripe, and will appear on your Bank or Credit/Debit statement as either “COVID-19 Relief Donation or Percent Pledge Donation”. If you choose to link your bank with Plaid, then your donation will be automatically processed as an ACH (Automated Clearing House) transaction. If you choose Credit/Debit with Stripe, then your donation will be processed as a CC/DC charge.

The recent $2.2 trillion CARES Act includes a tax incentive for charitable giving. Section 2204 establishes above-the-line (pre-tax) deductions for charitable contributions in 2020, up to $300. This means that you can now deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions from your 2020 taxable income, which will reduce your tax bill! For more on this, read our explainer here.

Donations are evenly distributed to each Cause Portfolio charity. If you split your Pledge between multiple Cause Portfolios, the even distribution remains; and if you used our 1M+ searchable charity database to “Build Your Own Portfolio,” the even distribution also remains--unless your Custom Portfolio has a single charity.

Charities receive their lump-sum donations each month. (Note: given the current pandemic, Percent Pledge may disburse lump-sum donations to COVID-19 portfolio charities 2x per month).

A fee of 7.5% covers all standard transaction costs, donation processing, the cost of sending donations to the recipient charities, and the cost of creating and delivering your impact reports.