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In partnership with Esri, URISA’s GISCorps has launched the GIS Service Pledge Program

On November 15, 2017, in partnership with Esri, GISCorps launched a new program called the “GIS Service Pledge”. Esri, the world leader in spatial analytics, has committed to donating personal use licenses of its ArcGIS software for each GISCorps volunteer who takes a “GIS Service Pledge” to volunteer for a good cause.

Each personal use license being donated has a commercial value of approximately $6,000 per year and will enable volunteers to address crucial location-based issues. GISCorps Volunteers can leverage this software donation to support any topic or organization they are passionate about that meets GISCorps’ mission and its policies, whether local or abroad. Examples could include supporting a local food bank, land trust, or animal shelter.

“One of the things about Esri that I am most proud of is the fact that our community of users is so dedicated to doing good in the world,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and President. “GISCorps is one example of how the power of location intelligence can be harnessed for the public good.”

This initiative also extends to disaster response projects that arise after disasters such as the recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the Mexico earthquakes. In disasters, volunteers are able to provide a variety of assistance including identification/mapping of one-story homes at risk of being flooded, locations of dry beds and shelters for the displaced, and the quickest and safest routes to evacuate affected populations in the shortest amount of time.

“URISA’s GISCorps volunteers have been involved in almost every disaster since 2003,” said Shoreh Elhami, GISCorps founder. “We have worked on Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami, the cyclone in Burma, the Ebola epidemic, and many more. Many of our volunteers have said they learn more quickly from GISCorps experiences than from their day jobs. They get exposed to different projects that require different skills and tools, and that provides a valuable learning experience.”

See the full Press Release about the GIS Service Pledge in the Esri newsroom.

Specifics on Applying:

  • You must be a registered GISCorps volunteer.
  • Reviewing and processing requests may take 2-4 weeks.
  • You must NOT be an employee of the group you are assisting.
  • Applications to aid government agencies or for-profit groups will NOT be approved.
  • Please provide as much detail about your proposed project as possible.
  • You must commit to writing a report for our website upon completion of the project.
  • If your project requires long term maintenance on AGO, you must provide detail on transitioning the project to the agency you are working for, including training and data upkeep.
  • If you currently have a license that is expiring, and you would like to keep the same AGO landing page, you must include the URL in the form. Otherwise, a new user account will be created for you.
  • All questions in the survey must be answered completely. Unclear or incomplete proposals will not be approved.
  • Send questions about the Pledge to:

To apply, continue to the →Survey123 Application

**We have had glitches with the form where data is not properly recorded. If you apply and do not hear back from us within 3 weeks, please send an email to**

Successful Pledge Applicants:

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