We believe in a world that works for everyone. A world where organizations of all types and sizes can leverage the power of data to make an impact. Uptake.org isn’t a grantmaker; we develop data-driven technology solutions designed to create change. We create applications that multiple organizations — nonprofits, social enterprises, government agencies and foundations — use to increase efficiency, take action and improve impact.
Data collection needs to be standardized so that data can be shared, read and understood. We create simple standards in various fields so that organizations can record and share data easily.
By focusing on building shareable technology, we increase collaboration between organizations, creating a strong, united network of partners that work together to solve important issues.
In order to attain rich data sets capable of creating real-world impact, it’s critical to assemble groups for promoting widespread adoption of data sharing. We cultivate relationships with leading technology, government, and nonprofit partners to establish trust and momentum around data sharing.
Our tools are designed to help organizations achieve their missions. Whether this is helping first-generation college students get through college or identifying invasive species on remote islands, our tools are designed to be used by practitioners to increase impact.
Andrew Means came to Uptake with previous experience as Co-Founder of The Impact Lab and Associate Director at The University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago. Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors at Ingenuity Inc. and is Chairman of the Board at 10k Windows.
Toni Maraviglia runs the Data Fellows Program and Student Union for Uptake.org. Prior to Uptake, she co-founded a pan-African education technology company called Eneza Education. She also co-founded a program called WISERBridge in rural Kenya. Toni holds a Master of Science in Teaching and was a Teach For America corps member.
Chad Flores leads Uptake.org’s cross-functional team of data scientists, engineers and designers who build applications for social impact. Previously, he was on the founding team at the national environmental literacy and work readiness social enterprise Roots of Success, worked at online fundraising startup Network for Good and held roles with the social innovation incubator Impact Hub. Chad is on the Board of Directors of Plant Chicago.