Companies recognize the importance of giving back, whether it's volunteering, raising money for a charity, food drive, etc.
We asked companies:
What is your company doing to give back and support your community and/or charitable initiatives?
Flywire has always had an active role in giving back to our communities and supporting employees with social, charitable, and volunteering programs. In the past, we have even organized and funded many charitable events including our annual trip with School the World.
With that being said, if we truly want to “do better” in the world, we must take real action in our communities. At Flywire, we encourage all FlyMates (Flywire employees) to truly evaluate their own desire to have impact in the world, how they lead their day-to-day life, how they treat others, and whether there are ways that they can contribute to improving their country, community and themselves.
In an effort to encourage FlyMates to take even more action, in June 2020 our leadership team decided to provide FlyMates with two paid days of time off per year to dedicate their time to a social cause they care about.
Justin Teague, former CEO of SmartBear, lost his courageous 20-year battle with cancer in October 2020. To honor the memory of their loved and inspirational leader, SmartBear donated $250,00 to Justin’s Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) 2021 fundraising page. For many years, Justin worked with PMC to raise funds for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and his family and friends are continuing his mission. To further honor Justin’s memory, employees at SmartBear organized a 3k Memorial Run on August 5, 2021, which raised an additional $5,000 for Justin’s PMC page.
We have started a monthly collection of non-perishable food items, winter hats and gloves, and new socks (all highly requested items) for the Boston Rescue Mission. Mablers are also participating in the Friends of the Children - Boston Frosty Friends program. It is a holiday gift-giving drive for all of the children who are served in their programing. In the new year, mablers plan on participating in National Mentoring Month activities and continuing the food and supply drive for the Boston Rescue Mission.
For every 25 days, Hydrow donates to Water.org to help provide lasting access to safe water for one person in the developing world.
- To date, Hydrow has donated to help empower more than 77,000 people with access to safe water solutions
- Granting people access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing, like small loans.
- Small, affordable loans allow for recipients to make big changes, like adding a toilet to their home, or building a water collection system on their property.
- This empowers recipients to change their lives; instead of spending time collecting water, that time can instead be invested elsewhere (e.g., education, pursuing economic opportunities).
In 2017, Onapsis launched a volunteer program called Onapsis Cares to "inspire, improve, and strengthen individuals through supporting philanthropic initiatives that promote positive change in our communities". Over the years, we've supported many non-profit organizations focused on hunger, homelessness, children’s education programs, healthcare, elder care, and more. We continue to encourage every employee to be involved in our communities in which we live and work, by participating in programs that are aligned with our mission statement. To support these endeavors, Onapsis gives all employees a day off each quarter to give back to their local community.
On Giving Tuesday 2020, Cedar formally relaunched its Cedar Cares charitable program. Since then, we’re proud of the work we’ve done: we raised money through Cedar Cares charitable giving fund through limited-edition merchandise and donating a percentage of new partnership deals that we’ve signed. We also kicked off our work with Percent Pledge to formalize our program and create a sustainable culture of giving.
We also partnered with the following organizations, in line with our three charitable pillars that our employees voted on: improving access to healthcare, tackling climate change and closing education gaps.
- Americares: this health-focused relief and development organization addresses the needs of people impacted by poverty or disaster with life-changing medicine, medical supplies, and health programs.
- Captain Planet Foundation: working collaboratively through grants and programming, this organization inspires and empowers young people to become problem solvers for the planet.
- RIVER FUND: a Poverty Frontline Center that feeds and empowers those they serve to move beyond the lines of poverty. This innovative organization provides our fellow New Yorkers much needed support services (SNAP, domestic violence, and immigration outreach and more) and education initiatives including the Mary C. Tiedemann Scholarship Program.
- The team at Repsly safely headed over to Cradles to Crayons this summer in 95 degree heat and loved every minute of this time together, helping an organization dear to our heart.
- Honorable mention - our Repsly Croatia team spent many many hours supporting earthquake victims in Croatia this year by collecting and driving down supplies to nearby hard-hit towns as the quakes hit, and even offering up their homes to those in need. Over $8000 USD was collected and donated to local relief funds by our employees and friends of Repsly.
It’s part of Aqua’s DNA to give back to the community. We do this in a variety of ways through global and regional initiatives. Some of our favorite recent examples include our first annual Aquathon, a global employee well-being initiative with 150+ employees across 12 countries that raised proceeds for COVID relief support for India. On a more local level, in October, 50 Aquarians participated in a team building event in New Hampshire where we built children’s bikes to donate to a regional Boys and Girls Club in NH.
At Mirakl, we believe in #workinghardtogether, in the office and in the community. It's why our employees are given volunteer days to use each year with a focus on giving back and staying humble. A few weeks ago, some of our Mirakl workers had the opportunity to help the Greater Boston Food Bank in their warehouse. The team packaged a whopping 19,000 pounds of food in one afternoon showing their commitment to giving back to their community.
The VP of Sales, Americas organized a collection for Women’s Lunch Place in Boston. We have 2 collection boxes placed in the office lobby for *new* items like soap, hair brushes, and socks.
Globally, Mendix is hosting a cold plunge challenge which invites employees to take a dip in a cold body of water, or hold both hands into ice cold water at home for 2 minutes. Mendix senior executives are personally donating $10 per participant to Cool Earth and Sierra Club. The goal is to reach 250 employees and donate $10,000 USD to these organizations combatting climate change.
At Catalant Technologies, giving back is one of the values ingrained in every employee, and our Force Multiplier Group is at the forefront of this. The FMG strives to offer volunteer opportunities that are inclusive of all team members, whether they are willing to volunteer in person, give back virtually, or contribute financially. Most recently, a Boston-based team worked the morning kitchen shift at St. Francis House, a shelter for homeless people in the city's downtown area. In the coming holiday months, the FMG will launch a virtual campaign against isolation, connecting its employees to socially and geographically isolated seniors. All this leads to the company's marquee volunteer effort, Christmas in the City, where the whole company donates toys, wraps presents or brings gifts to local families in need. Catalant's Force Multiplier Group has been an invaluable resource for quite some time now, and its impact is only just beginning.
At 3Play Media, our mission is to make videos more accessible for everyone, and we love solutions that benefit the communities we serve and understand how important it is to shine a spotlight on accessibility. 3Play It Forward is a charitable branch of 3Play that helps support organizations who share the same mission. The initiative takes shape in several different forms throughout the year. We celebrate GAAD to help raise awareness for digital access and inclusion, and ACCESS FOR ALL was created to help make media content surrounding social justice accessible to the d/Deaf and hard of hearing community. Currently, we're marking the season of giving by donating to Deaf Kids Code for every live professional captioning event scheduled through December 15th.
Last week, ZoomInfo kicked off its sixth-annual Winter Donation Drive, during which 2,500-plus employees at its many offices around the world will spend the next month competing to raise the most money for their local charities, including Newton's Cradles to Crayons. From now through December 3, they'll look to outdo their efforts from 2020, when they raised more than $650,000 in cash donations for youth- and family-focused organizations. Over the first five years of the event, ZoomInfo employees have contributed more than $1.23 million in cash and in-kind donations. This year's event has expanded to include organizations local to ZoomInfo's newest offices in Canada, India, and San Francisco.
Being good housewarmers doesn’t just apply to how we treat each other internally; we also want to pay it forward. Give @ Reggora highlights volunteer opportunities and other ways for our Reggora employees to give back. We partner with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Heading Home, Horizons for Homeless Children, Cradles to Crayons, and NAMMBA. So far this year we’ve hosted:
- Info session & diaper drive with Heading Home
- Info session with BBBS and provided information for Reggorians to become Bigs in their area
- Virtual read-aloud with Heading Home for children ages 2-7 in shelters
- Volunteer event at Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory where we sorted donated clothing, just to name a few!
We will continue our annual tradition of supporting the elderly in the surrounding communities of Agero HQ. Partnering with Mystic Valley Elder Services each year, Agero Associates fulfill 100 – 200 individuals’ gift wish lists. While we have organized this effort, called the Giving Tree, for several years, this year feels especially critical in helping the elderly communities that have been hit so hard by COVID-19, including isolation, high health risks, and financial strain.
Nexthink’s mission is to delight people at work, but we’re also always looking for ways to help improve our communities at large across the world. Nexthink hosts annual fundraising events that get employees engaged for a great cause. This year, the program is called the Time to Move Challenge – a month-long event that challenges the entire team to get up and moving for ~20 minutes every day. Movement can be anything that works for individual team members, from weightlifting, running, swimming and more! Each minute the team clocks translates into dollars donated to UNICEF Innocenti’s research program which aims to shed light on the state of mental health of children and adolescents in various settings, including and beyond the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to our annual program, this holiday season Nexthink is participating in a Holiday Wishes initiative in partnership with our volunteering platform. Team members across the world are encouraged to purchase a gift for a child in need, and can facilitate the donation through the platform. We also use the system throughout the year to support ongoing volunteer efforts and other opportunities to give back to our global communities.
Our Charitable Giving Program encourages employees to nominate the nonprofit organizations that mean the most to them; an employee-led committee then reviews the nominations and awards grants to selected charities on a quarterly basis. In addition, CarGurus occasionally makes off-cycle corporate donations inspired by current global events. As of Q3, we’ve donated over $130K in Charitable Giving grants and another $25K in off-cycle corporate donations so far in 2021. Outside of charitable giving, our employee resource groups (ERGs) often organize drives and/or other volunteer opportunities to support local causes that are meaningful to their respective communities.
At Flipside we believe in using the power of blockchain for good are excited to announce that we are joining forces with our community of analysts to support the amazing work that Angel Protocol is doing to donate more to charities.
Many Flipside analysts have been delegating to Flipside Crypto -- to support the creation of more on-chain analytics, and help the ecosystem grow.
We are committing to matching our community’s contributions every quarter and delegating that same amount to Angel, up to $20,000 a quarter.
Giving back is at the heart of Spoiler Alert's mission. Our platform directly helps redirect excess food to discount stores and nonprofits that underserved populations rely on - particularly important as we continue to recover economically from COVID-19. We've also committed 1% of revenue to charitable causes aligned with our mission - to organizations focused on food access, waste reduction, and sustainability. This year, we’ve additionally supported several organizations focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Vendr Volunteers is our monthly initiative to donate to employee-nominated organizations in need across the world. But for year-end, we like to raise the stakes. Since year-end also happens to be a busy time for our customers buying SaaS through our platform — we plan to donate $1 to Feeding America for every $1,000 we save on SaaS purchases from 11/15-12/15.
Seeing as we save our customers millions every month, we're hoping to have a big impact on ending hunger. We invite anyone in the Vendr network to participate by visiting: https://teamfeed.feedingamerica.org/participant/vendr
This year to celebrate Giving Tuesday each of our internal employee resource groups (Women & Allies, [email protected] Workhuman, SPARKLE, Live Green and DEI) have organised events and activities to give back to our local communities in the Massachusetts and Dublin areas.
Our ERG’s will be giving their time, support, gratitude and energy back to causes and organisations that are important to them and relevant to their goals. These include fun employee gameshow events, community clean ups, toy drives, laptop donations and more.
Vista is the design and marketing partner to millions of small businesses around the world. As part of its commitment to its continued support of small businesses, Vista is reimbursing each of its 7,000+ global team members when they shop at their favorite local small business this holiday. Being a Vista team member means being customer obsessed and supporting small businesses in any way we can. Shop Small is the latest initiative to support them – joining the Save Small Business Fund, Power Forward SMB Grant and 99 Days of Design – and the biggest opportunity yet for Vista team members to collectively support small businesses. If every team member used their reimbursement to the full amount, that will put more than $350,000 into the hands of the small businesses.
One of the great things Devoted is doing is supporting Harris County's drive-thru meal distribution. Located in Houston, TX, the county is home to a large percentage of our members & provider partners. "Precinct2gether" is a non-profit organization that develops and supports a variety of multi-generational programs for their residents.
This Thanksgiving, LinkSquares will be giving back to the community and conducting a canned food drive with Pine Street Inn to help provide non-perishable food to those in need. The Pine Street Inn works with homeless individuals to help them move from the streets or a shelter to a home. The organization also conducts outreaches, services, job training, and raises awareness on the rise of homelessness in Boston.
Jackpocket lottery app's “Win & Give” campaign is the sweepstakes where the amount you win *also* goes to a charity of your choice. Three app users will win up to $1,000 in free credits, plus Jackpocket will make a donation to the charity of their choice for Giving Tuesday.
EngageSmart prioritizes giving back to organizations that most resonate with our employees, so twice a year we have employees vote on four organizations that they’d like us to donate to. For each organization EngageSmart makes a company donation and then matches employee donations. This past spring our employees chose to support the organizations Asian Americans Advancing Justice and The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. In November, we will also be supporting Feeding America and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention via a direct donation page (powered by DonorDrive) for our employees.
In addition to donations, our employees also have a longstanding volunteer partnership with BUILD Boston, an organization that supports student financial success through entrepreneurship.
At Glance, giving back is ingrained in our culture. Glance's Employee Experience team actively seeks local volunteering opportunities for our team members to work hands-on with agencies in need. We plan at least one event each quarter. At the Habitat Audubon Belmont, we helped with trail maintenance by removing invasive plants using loppers and weed wrenches - taking “hands-on” to the limit with extreme weeding! For the holidays, we are volunteering at the Nashua Soup Kitchen which gives away 1000 frozen turkeys in the days before Thanksgiving. We'll work in the food pantry, help receive deliveries, and work with clients to load groceries. We're also hosting a food drive to further support the pantry to provide food for their local communities.
Addressing hunger in our communities is one of Toast.org’s primary focuses. During November, we are inviting our global employees to participate in our Toast.org Season of Giving, designed to bring the strength of Toast’s People, Products, and Philanthropy together to support organizations addressing food insecurity and hunger in our communities. Throughout the month, employees will be able to partake in various volunteer opportunities, and two winners of our semi-annual Hackathon will each have the opportunity to direct $5,000 in grant funding to a hunger eradication organization of their choice.
Additionally, we will donate $225,000 in grants to anti-hunger organizations working in the US, Ireland, and India. Over the last few years, we have committed over $1M to charitable orgs through Toast.org and our goal is to ramp up our giving in the coming years even more. In mid-2021, we committed to Pledge 1%, a global movement that encourages and empowers companies of all sizes and stages to donate 1% of their staff time, product, profit, and/or equity to the philanthropic pursuits of their choosing.