Tech LA Cares (TLC)

submission by ScottPerry
Tech LA Cares (TLC)

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Tech LA Cares

Organization(s) website(s):

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Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Tech LA Cares (TLC) connects LA's growing technology companies with volunteer opportunities within their communities.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The Los Angeles tech space is growing at a rapid pace -- so much so, that it is difficult for tech companies to devote time, resources, and energy into being a strong partner within their own communities.

Tech LA Cares (TLC) aims to bridge that gap by matching companies with organizations and events, both by in-person needs assessments, as well as online volunteer signup mechanisms.

We believe in the efficiency of online tools, but also believe that human contact is key to success.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


The Los Angeles tech sector is on the verge of Very Big Things -- led by Mayor Eric Garcetti and fueled by an influx of venture capital, the City is now the third largest tech ecosystem in the US, #1 in Open Data, and graduates more engineering students than any other region in the nation (many of whom are now choosing to stay in LA, rather than head north upon graduation).

As founder of LA Tech Digest (hence the preliminary links above to LATD), I have spent the past year chronicling a city with an upward trajectory that clearly shows that right here, right now, LA in 2015, is the absolute best place in the world to be, in order to pursue your dreams and secure a brighter future.

And yet for all the great things happening in Los Angeles, we cannot allow a disconnect between the rising fortunes of the area's tech businesses and their surrounding communities.

Tech LA Cares (TLC) aims to bridge this gap by making it easy for startups and established companies to identify, and participate in, the success of charitable organizations and events in their area -- community centers, food banks, neighborhood cleanups, donation drives, volunteer / mentorship opportunities, hackathons, school trips, and more.

True Corporate Responsibility is hard, and it requires a dedicated staff to match opportunities with resources.

Unfortunately, most companies do not have the energy to find the right opportunity for their employees to get involved.

We aim to streamline this process, with an array of tools, both online and real-world:

The TLC website will feature a LA nonprofit directory and neighborhood map, an events calendar, organization spotlights, and events recaps that showcase these two worlds connecting for the good of their communities.

The weekly TLC email will deliver this info directly to interested companies and individuals as well.

The TLC social media will also highlight events, organizations, and companies, in order to better show and share with the world the strong ties between LA tech and their local communities.

In-person visits by TLC to the organizations and companies will help assess the needs of the organizations, as well as the capabilities of the companies involved.

Participating companies and organizations will also be TLC-certified, so that they can display their involvement, both online and in the real world.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Since we're in the beginning stages, it will be very easy to benchmark progress based on actions and data gathered:

From the real world side, we can continually measure:

How many companies were visited?
What causes mean the most to them?
What is their current involvement in the community?
Which companies are interested in participating?
What resources do they have to offer?
What do we need to build in order to make this a smooth process for them?

How many community organizations were visited?
How are they receiving support right now?
What areas need further support?
What resources do they need in order to best serve their community?
What is the best way to collect and broadcast such information?

From the digital side, we can easily measure progress of the site buildout, and watch metrics daily:

Site traffic
Email signups
Open / click-through / bounce / retention rates
Social shares / likes / comments / followers
Company / individual signups
Events listed / hours volunteered

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Thanks Alex & Michele! Hoping that we get to make this happen -- I think that this could really help businesses build stronger ties with their communities as the city continues to grow.

by ScottPerry
6 months ago

love this effort!! would be amazing to see this get traction.

by wonderpiece
6 months ago

Great job Scott! Looking forward to more great content in the future!

by AlexMagur
6 months ago

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