uberxFresh off its $17 billion valuation, Uber today announced a new initiative in Seattle that will establish partnerships with local non-profits.

Called Uber Impact, the program will use Uber’s technology and brand to help create a campaign for one non-profit each month.

“In the same way that Uber has changed the way people move around their cities, the goal of Uber Impact is to change the way people think about giving back,” Uber wrote in a blog post.

Uber seems to be taking a page out of Lyft’s book. In April, Lyft launched Lyft for Good, a new program that encourages its drivers and passengers to fill community needs across the country via Lyft.

But Uber may not be offering Uber Impact in Seattle for long. Mayor Ed Murray may issue a cease-and-desist letter to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar if an agreement over regulations between taxi drivers, city officials and representatives from the transportation startups cannot be reached by this Monday.

Uber rocked the tech world today when it announced a $1.2 billion round at a record-breaking $17 billion valuation. The four-year-old company, which is now in 128 cities worldwide, has raised $1.5 billion total.

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  • Guest

    Outstanding! These TNCs have won the hearts and $ of Seattle’s learned travellers. I’m glad to see them giving back to the community that has so embraced them.

  • elbowman

    Non-profit…That’s what you’ll have when the police impound your vehicle when you flout the law’s of the community where you operate your TNC service. Miami is setting up traps for Lyft drivers and taking away their cars.

    This comes after last week when the State of Virginia issued a cease and desist order against Uber. Uber’s response is we’ll continue to operate.

    What happened in Miami is what will happen next in Virginia.

    Who pays the price? Not the shysters running Uber/Lyft/Sidecar. It’s drivers, riders, pedestrians, and the insurance companies they are getting over on.

    Then they come out with a special service for non-profits in an attempt to placate the public, and appear that they care about the community. They don’t.


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