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Submitted by Built In Staff on Wed, 08/07/2019 - 14:40
There's no shortage of volunteer opportunities with these companies.

It's easy for any company to get lost in the bottom line. After all, the quarterly or yearly numbers are what keep businesses afloat. So it's pretty special when organizations add a few other key objectives to the plan like care, compassion and community. 

Companies that give back and offer employees the chance to do the same are becoming increasingly common in the tech industry. Whether it's paid volunteer days or company-wide fundraisers for important causes, businesses all over the country are creating programs and policies that encourage the better angels of their employees.  

To give you an idea of the work that's being done, Built In has rounded up 30 companies in some of the nation's largest tech hubs that have gone the extra mile to grow the compassionate, human side of their mission.       

 


Austin


 

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BigCommerce

BigCommerce 

Industry: E-commerce + Software

Founded: 2009

Local employees: 467

What it does: BigCommerce is a SaaS provider for e-commerce companies. The company’s suite of tools help e-commerce businesses optimize conversions, streamline site performance and even boost their SEO.

 

How does your team decide which causes to give back to?

“Our initiatives are driven by passionate employees, like one of our tech support agents who started a food drive with the help of some coworkers.

Our work with the Texas Humane Heroes Annual Chili Cookoff and the Partnerships for Children’s Holiday Wishes Toy Drive are traditions that date back to before I joined almost six years ago. Some of our newer partnerships have sprung from the addition of two employee resource groups: Equality Texas, partnering with our LGBTQ+ Allies group, and the Ann Richards School, partnering with our Women’s and Allies group.” - John Hebron, Engineer

 

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SecureLink

SecureLink 

Industry: Security + Software

Founded: 2003

Local employees: 105

What it does: SecureLink is a developer of privileged remote access and remote support cybersecurity solutions that control permissions, ensure compliance and boost audit transparency.

 

What gets employees excited about charitable opportunities?

“We’re a company of passionate people, and that passion definitely comes through in our philanthropic efforts. By varying the types of outreach and activities we offer, we create a culture in which we are never going to become stagnant and can avoid compassion fatigue. For our most recent event, a canned food drive benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank, our sales team had a competition — as salespeople tend to do — and our VP of sales matched the total donation raised by his team.” - Sales Development Representative Jeff Schmelzer 

 

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Social Solutions

Social Solutions

Industry: Software

Founded: 2000

Local employees: 200

What it does: Social Solutions creates software for nonprofits to track data, manage organizational cases and measure outcomes. The company’s platform helps nonprofits and charities of all sizes manage reporting capabilities and measure  impact.

 

How will Social Solutions be giving back throughout 2019?

“In 2019, we will continue our focus and strengthen our Volunteer Impact Program and our commitment to local communities. This past year, our team spent over 600 volunteer hours with different nonprofits across the country, and we aim to make an even bigger impact next year. All of our employees are given — and encouraged to use — eight hours per quarter to spend volunteering with an organization of their choice.” - Leigh Kellner, Content Marketing Manager + Hannah Otalora-Fadner, HR Associate 

 

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Modernize

Modernize 

Industry: Information Technology + Marketing Tech

Founded: 2005

Local employees: 100

What it does: Modernize’s platform connects homeowners who need projects completed with quality contractors. Need a window replaced or a new roof? All homeowners need to do is fill out a short questionnaire and the site will make recommendations of quality local contractors who have been vetted and have high reviews.  

 

How does your team decide which causes to give back to?

“Modernize is in the home improvement space, and we strive to give back to nonprofits that support the same mission. Hands on Housing’s mission is to utilize volunteers to repair homes of senior citizens and disabled individuals who are living in deep poverty. Their goal is to keep homeowners safe and help them remain in the homes and neighborhoods they love.” -Christina Wells, Director of People Operations.

 

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HotSchedules

HotSchedules 

Industry: Information Technology + Marketing Tech

Founded: 2005

Local employees: 100

What it does: HotSchedules provides cloud-based solutions for the restaurant, hospitality and retail industries. The company’s suite of tools helps streamline everything from compliance to workforce and inventory management.

 

How does your team decide which causes to give back to?   

“Hotties Helping Hotties is a yearlong effort to give back to any team member with an undue hardship. We raise money through our culture day festivities and give a Visa gift card to help offset unexpected financial burdens… On Global Charity Day, we shut down all of our offices for the entire day and go support a local charity together. This year, in town, we helped a charter school prep for the return of students by painting and landscaping their playground and moving furniture from temporary structures into their new, permanent building.” - Chris Sundgren, Product Manager.

 


Boston


 

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Ellevation Education

Ellevation Education 

Industry: Edtech

Founded: 2011

Local employees: 80

What it does: Ellevation Education is a web-based software platform designed for ELL educators. The platform helps teachers track student English learning progress and craft strategy through an in-depth analytics dashboard.    

 

Favorite local charity/nonprofit?

“We recently did a survey with our employees and found that Boston Partners for Education, English for New Bostonians and Boston Cares are some of the local nonprofit organizations that our employees love and want to partner with in the future. For our remote team, we've created one volunteer day per year so they can take a full day off from work to commit to their choice of charitable organizations.” -Mayya Bozhilova, Office Manager.

 

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Klaviyo

Klaviyo 

Industry: Big Data + Marketing Tech

Founded: 2012

Local employees: 80

What it does: Klaviyo is an email and marketing automation platform specifically designed for e-commerce companies. The tool personalizes customer experiences, uses data science for a deeper understanding of customers and crafts targeted email campaigns. 

 

How did you choose which org/nonprofit to volunteer with?  

“Our marketing team uses Boston Cares, which is the largest volunteer agency in New England, an Innovation Hub within the national HandsOn Network, and an award-winning leader in the volunteer engagement sector. Our other departments use Boston Cares or volunteer with agencies close to their family or personal stories -—The American Liver Foundation is supported by our customer success team members.” - Agata Celmerowski, VP of Marketing.

 

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Carbon Black

Carbon Black 

Industry: Cybersecurity

Founded: 2012

Local employees: 80

What it does: Carbon Black develops cloud-based endpoint protection solutions, including threat prediction platforms, antivirus tools and incident response protocols designed to aid in quickly identifying and negating security risks. 

 

How do you volunteer through Carbon Black?

“Carbon Black has a team called Life At Cb that is dedicated to preserving and bettering the company culture. One aspect of that is focused on philanthropy. Our main philanthropic initiative is partnering with TUGG, where our team participates in a range of events throughout the year, including our favorite: Tech Gives Back.

In addition to TUGG, we participated in an Earth Day event at the Mass Audubon, the Greater Boston Food Drive, fundraising for the Home Base Program, helping needy children through the Santa Program and more.” - Ashley Perez, Talent Brand Ambassador

 

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CrunchTime!

CrunchTime! 

Industry: Food + Software

Founded: 1995

Local employees: 125

What it does: CrunchTime is an enterprise restaurant management platform for the hospitality industry. Restaurants, cruise lines and entertainment venues all use the CrunchTime platform to automate tasks in everything from HR to payroll and operations.  

 

How do you volunteer through CrunchTime?

“CrunchTime makes it extremely easy to give back. Everyone has hectic lives, so having the opportunity to volunteer with your coworkers during work hours is greatly appreciated. My three favorite activities are volunteering at Community Servings, donating blood at MGH and serving lunch at the New England Center and Home for Veterans. On a quarterly basis, a group of 10-15 CrunchTimers head over to Jamaica Plain and volunteer in Community Servings’ kitchen to help with meal prep. We have made thousands of meals that are delivered to critically ill residents and their families around Massachusetts.” - Elizabeth Russo, Senior Marketing Specialist. 

 

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CloudHealth

CloudHealth by VMware 

Industry: Cloud

Founded: 2012

Local employees: 240

What it does: CloudHealth is an all-in-one cloud management platform that assists enterprises in managing costs, usage, permissions and security. The platform helps IT teams uncover unnecessary costs, create custom workflows and even has the ability to give real-time insights into multiple clouds at one time.

 

Favorite local charity/nonprofit?

“As a company, we have pledged to improve the lives of others in the community through volunteerism and charitable giving. We have had a four-year partnership with The Wonderfund (formerly known as the DCF Kids Fund)... Larry Begley, our CFO, has been involved with the Wonderfund for over 15 years and currently chairs the board of the fund. Larry wrote a great blog post on the CloudHealth Technologies’ philanthropy work that can be found on our website.” - Karina Svenson, HR Generalist.

 


Chicago


 

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ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 

Industry: Marketing Tech + Software

Founded: 2003

Local employees: 305

What it does: ActiveCampaign is an email marketing, messaging, marketing automation and CRM platform helping sales and marketing teams automate processes so they can focus on higher-level, customer-centric tasks.

 

What is the next big philanthropic initiative the company is working on?

“We are planning several service days where large groups of employees will come together for a full day of giving back, across three or four different initiatives. This is in addition to some of the other employee-driven events including clothing and toy drives, our Best Buddies partnership and volunteering with Chicago Scholars.” - Denise Bindelglass, Vice President of People.

 

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Centro

Centro 

Industry: Adtech + Software

Founded: 2001

Local employees: 265

What it does: Centro’s advertising platform combines programmatic buying, workflow automation and business intelligence under one system. With the tool, digital advertisers can measure the success of marketing campaigns, manage external and internal communication and automate routine tasks.

 

Why do you believe it’s so important to give back to the Chicago community?

“Giving back to our community through volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, charity or other means provides much help to those in need and contributes to the common good. Centro is dedicated to helping our team members become better versions of themselves, and we believe that participating in community service has great benefits to one’s overall well-being… Participating in community service not only makes a difference to those being served but also makes a difference to those providing the service.” - Emily Barron, Vice President of Talent and Development.

 

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VelocityEHS

VelocityEHS 

Industry: Cloud + Software

Founded: 1996

Local employees: 270

What it does: VelocityEHS is software that allows enterprises to streamline their environment, health, safety and sustainability activities. The software suite helps companies measure and manage everything from air emissions to waste compliance and office ergonomics. 

 

What is the next big philanthropic initiative the company is working on?

“For the program’s second year, we’re excited to participate in Habitat for Humanity Chicago’s The House That Tech Built. This initiative brings together local tech companies to completely fund and build a Habitat Chicago home. Throughout the summer, our employees will be rolling up their sleeves and participating in build days. It’s a great opportunity for us to give back as a company and also for our employees to make a difference personally as well.” - Rachel Kaiser, Vice President of Human Resources. 

 

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Yello

Yello 

Industry: Enterprise Web + HR Tech

Founded: 2008

Local employees: 200

What it does: Yello is a user acquisition software and CRM designed to optimize recruiting operations and manage talent relationships. The platform is used by well-known brands like Walmart and Spotify. 

 

How did giving back become such an important part of your culture?

“Yello’s volunteer initiatives started the same way all our best ideas start — with our employees. A group launched our volunteer committee, Yello Cares, to organize volunteering events the whole company can participate in. Team members have the opportunity to introduce their coworkers to initiatives they are passionate about. Whether it’s a park cleanup, animal adoption or supporting local schools, it’s exciting to see the team come together for a cause.” - Jay Meza, VP of People

 

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KAR

KAR 

Industry: Artificial Intelligence + Automotive

Founded: 2007

Local employees: 70

What it does: KAR provides buyers and sellers across the global used-vehicle industry with re-marketing solutions. The end-to-end platform supports car auctions, logistics, financing and reconditioning services.

 

How did giving back become such an important part of your culture?

“Our commitment to community involvement started organically with our employees. Our workforce is culturally and geographically diverse and represents a vast array of communities with different needs. KAR employees are creative and industrious, and they regularly apply their talents to benefit organizations where they work and live… Giving back is also something our leadership is very passionate about. KAR CEO Jim Hallett often says that when people and communities thrive, so does our business.” - Becca Polak, Chief Legal Officer.

 


Colorado


 

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SpotX

SpotX 

Industry: Adtech + Big Data

Founded: 2007

Local employees: 240

What it does: SpotX is a video advertising platform that allows publishers to monetize content across mobile, web or connected devices. The ad serving platform includes ad and campaign management and trafficking tools that manage traditional and programmatic direct deals. 

 

Why is giving back important to you as a business?

“At SpotX, we are family. We care about our employees, customers and global community at large, and giving back to the community helps give our team a greater sense of purpose beyond their day-to-day tasks. 

As a large company, we recognize that finding a cause to support can bring employees closer together and help them connect with one another outside of the office walls. Volunteering is also a powerful way for coworkers to find common interests and build relationships by working together to make a difference in the lives of others.” - Nick Hoffman, Director of Global Client Education.

 

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NetApp

NetApp 

Industry: Cloud + Software

Founded: 1992

Local employees: 400

What it does: NetApp creates cloud-based data and storage management solutions. Whether it’s hybrid cloud infrastructure management or flash storage solutions, NetApp has wide range of solutions for IT needs. 

 

Why is giving back important to you as a business?

“The success of a business is now measured by its impact on people, communities and the environment. Our success is driven by economic results as well as our behaviors. For over 25 years, we have contributed to the communities where we operate and empower our employees to make a difference. Giving back engages employees, builds strong bonds and demonstrates why NetApp is a great place to work.” - Michelle Mann, Senior Manager of Global Community Impact.

 

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FRONTSTEPS

FRONTSTEPS 

Industry: Software

Founded: 2011

Local employees: 90

What it does: FRONTSTEPS is an all-in-one solution for property managers, HOAs, condos and builders. The platform helps building owners streamline payments, engage with residents, alert security of concerns and manage board approvals — all in one place. 

 

How do you give back to the community throughout the year?

“Earlier this year, we started a partnership with local nonprofit A Stronger Cord. In the summer, our team members kicked off the partnership by joining a community workout at Phoenix Multisport. 

Our office has also been collecting donations throughout the year that we plan to donate to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless at the end of the year. We are always looking for ways to give back. From Stronger Cord workouts to ordering all office supplies and snacks through AmazonSmile — which contributes to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver — we are dedicated to doing what we can to positively impact the lives of those in our community.” - Sarah McDonald, Senior Accountant.

 

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Conga

Conga

Industry: Software

Founded: 2006

Local employees: 250

What it does: Conga’s suite of products automate and streamline documents, contracts and eSignatures. The company’s solutions are designed to automate monotonous paperwork-related tasks, accelerate contract cycles and make digital signatures on-the-go.  

 

Aside from formal initiatives, how else do you support team members in giving back?

“We hold many team-building off-sites that are focused around volunteering for an organization of the team's choice. A Precious Child is an organization that has been important to Conga for 12 years, so we’ve made it a focus to have teams volunteer for them on a quarterly basis… We deeply believe that giving back to the community cultivates an inspiring and positive workplace.” - Joanne Biggar, Manager of HR Operations and Culture.

 

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Four Winds Interactive

Four Winds Interactive 

Industry: Software

Founded: 2005

Local employees: 400

What it does: Four Winds Interactive’s software powers digital signage across airports, casinos, arenas and hotels all over the world. With FWI’s platform, digital advertisers can manage content, monitor display settings and fully customize each advertisement. 

 

How did giving back become such an important part of your company culture?

“About five years ago, my co-founder Dave Weidner and I were hiking a 14er. During the hike, we started talking about Dave’s lifelong passion to save endangered species and his unique idea to use technology to help solve the problem. 

The more we discussed, the more we felt FWI’s software could be a key part of the solution and how meaningful it would be to use our product to solve a world problem. Thus, FWI’s support for Wildlife Protection Services was born. From there, we began supporting a variety of other initiatives, transforming a single act of altruism into what is, today, part of our culture.” - CEO David Levin

 


Los Angeles


 

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SteelHouse

SteelHouse 

Industry: Adtech + Marketing Tech

Founded: 2009

Local employees: 200

What it does: SteelHouse’s advertising suite is designed to help marketers, agencies and brands launch retargeting and branding campaigns through every channel, including TV. The single self-serve ad platform builds ads and displays dynamic analytics in an easy-to-understand dashboard.   

 

Can you talk about some of the current volunteer efforts your company is involved in, or other ways you empower the team to give back to the community?

“One ongoing project that SteelHouse has been involved in is a community pantry just outside of our office. We fill it with books and food, making these resources available to anyone who might need them. SteelHouse also organizes group volunteering events. An example is when we make lunches for the homeless living along the LA river, which is located right next to our office. Everyone at SteelHouse will stop by the kitchen to make sandwiches and pack the bags, and then we ride our office bikes to hand them out.” - Anna McMurphy, Head of People, Culture and Entertainment.

 

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Criteria Corp

Criteria Corp 

Industry: HR Tech + Software

Founded: 2006

Local employees: 80

What it does: Criteria Corp’s HR software is designed to streamline the hiring process with more than 1,100 pre-employment tests that gauge aptitude, personality and skills. The company features tests across a wide variety of sectors, including automotive, IT, computer science, hairstyling and almost everything in-between. 

 

Can you talk about some of the current volunteer efforts your company is involved in, or other ways you empower the team to give back to the community?

“We have charity events at least quarterly that are chosen by our volunteer committee. Anyone is welcome to attend these monthly meetings to help choose the next event. The events range from reading to kids and educational programs to feeding the hungry, cleaning up beaches and attending charity walks to help fight diseases...In addition to the company-wide events, we also provide an annual benefit where every employee can choose a charity, and Criteria will donate $250 to that charity in their name.” - Adam Welsh, Director of Sales.

 

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Nativo

Nativo 

Industry: Adtech + Marketing Tech

Founded: 2010

What it does: Nativo is an adtech platform for deploying, serving and optimizing integrated ads and branded content. Amazon, Verizon, Chase, UPS and IBM all use Nativo’s platform to showcase their content and increase sales conversions. 

 

How is your company giving back this year?

“We led two global volunteer initiatives this year to give employees a chance to give back to their local communities. Here are a few organizations that our employees chose to contribute to: The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (over 10,537 pieces of produce sorted), My Friend’s Place ($500 worth of clothing and other goods donated), Operation Gratitude (many, many letters written), Sit Stay Read (57 cards for summer reading kits assembled), and The Night Ministry (67 hygiene kits built).” - Eve Shieh, Manager of Global Officer Operations.

 

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Prodege

Prodege 

Industry: Adtech + Digital Media

Founded: 2005

Local Employees: 140

What it does: Prodege operates multiple customer engagement brands, like “SwagBucks” and “MyPoints.” In exchange for watching videos, playing games or answering surveys, customers are rewarded with points that they can redeem for rewards like gift cards. Brands all over the world use Prodege’s engagement system to build better experiences for customers.  

    

Can you talk about some of the current volunteer efforts your company is involved in, or other ways you empower the team to give back to the community?

“At Prodege, we’re passionate about giving back to our communities and we strongly believe that charitable giving and volunteering is one of the greatest things we can do personally and as a company. Employees are given $200 a year to donate to a charity of their choice.

We have also partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the past by supporting their Make March Matter program as well as offering volunteer opportunities for employees with CHLA’s Companies for Kids program. We also support and partner with Mychal’s Learning Place, an organization that works with children and adults with developmental disabilities.” - Josef Gorowitz, Founder + President.

 

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Core Digital Media

Core Digital Media 

Industry: Adtech + Big Data

Founded: 1999

Local Employees: 150

What it does: Core Digital Media is an online marketing and consumer acquisition platform. Using big data and predictive analytics on their websites “LowerMyBills.com” and “ClassesUSA.com,” Core Digital Media says its able to drive leads to advertisers who can convert them to sales. 

 

How is your company giving back this year?

“Core Digital Media has two initiatives that are extra dear to our hearts. We wanted to do our part to support the victims of the Woolsey Fire that burned over 95,000 acres of land in our surrounding area. This year, we created a dollar-for-dollar match program that resulted in CDM donating over $2,000 to the American Red Cross to help rebuild. The second is a CDM tradition of supporting the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This year, we will be providing gifts for 100 children in the LA area through this program.” - Matt Ennis, Senior Recruitment Manager.

 


NYC


 

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Updater

Updater 

Industry: Real Estate + Software

Founded: 2011

Local Employees: 85

What it does: Updater’s app is designed to streamline the moving process by centralizing tasks. The app runs through a checklist of tasks usually associated with moving, like booking movers, mail forwarding, utility transfers, insurance purchases, TV/Internet setup scheduling and more, to cut down on the time spent on administrative costs and processes. 

 

This is how Updater gives back to their community:

Last year, they collected more than 2,000 pounds of food and supplies for their holiday food drive.

“We have an amazing, talented team who wants to give back, so it's an incredible experience to coordinate an initiative that brings us together and makes a difference both within the moving industry and outside of it,” - Ashley Lundford, People Experience Manager

 

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Teachable

Teachable 

Industry: Edtech + E-Commerce

Founded: 2014

Local Employees: 70

What it does: Teachable is designed to give instructors the tools they need to create and share engaging online course material. The platform is packed with customizable learning, content, marketing and analytics tools so content creators can not only measure the educational impact, but the financial benefits of their work.

 

This is how Teachable does their part to help: 

Year-round, the Teachable team can be found participating in food drives, volunteer workshops and mentorship programs. 

“The online education industry is uniquely positioned to do good in the world, and Teachable’s commitment to positively impacting our community is reflected in our company culture, starting with our employees. “Giving back is a huge motivator in creating a company-wide volunteer culture that encourages employees to spread goodwill and kindness throughout our shared society.” - Casey Kwon, Office Manager + Recruiting Coordinator.

 

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Yotpo

Yotpo 

Industry: E-Commerce + Marketing Tech

Founded: 2011

Local Employees: 135

What it does: Yotpo offers a multitude of e-commerce tools designed to boost customer reviews, visual marketing, loyalty programs and referrals. Away, GymShark and GoPro have all used Yotpo’s suite of tools to better engage with customers across their entire e-commerce processes. 

 

This is how Yotpo does philanthropy: 

Yotpo has a team of employees that perform year-round community service called “Yotpo Cares”. They’ve organized both onsite and offsite volunteer opportunities, including bingo parties at a senior citizen center and holiday card drawing for children in the hospital.

 “It's easy to lose sight of the big picture in a hyper-growth startup...There's no better way to come together as an entire company than with the mission of simply giving.” - Stevie Cogan, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist. 

 

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CB Insights

CB Insights 

Industry: Big Data + Software

Founded: 2009

Local Employees: 207

What it does: CB Insights offers a market intelligence platform that analyzes millions of data points on everything from venture capital to startups and news in order to answer complex market questions and predict future trends. Cisco, Salesforce, IBM and RedHat all use CB Insights.

 

How CB Insights gives back:

The company donates to the Good+ Foundation, buying diapers, and blankets for parents in need. They also hold charity bake sales to benefit City Harvest.

“CB Insights believes it's important to give back and donating to the Good+ Foundation in NYC was the right place when CB Insights started donating there in 2014.

 We have some great cooks at CB Insights so hosting a bake sale is a great and fun way to have the team show off their creative talents and help those in need. The company will match the total amount donated by employees for the bake sale.” - Menaka Chang, HR Manager.

 

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Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow

Industry: Enterprise Web + Software

Founded: 2008

Local Employees: 124

What it does: Stack Overflow is one of the largest online communities for software developers who want to learn, share knowledge and develop careers. The open community site is filled with public Q & A’s on some burning developer questions, as well as, a job board. 

 

Here’s how Stack Overflow does their part in the community:

The engineering and IT teams pick five charities to receive donations, giving back to open source projects that positively influence the digital world.

“In what has become a yearly tradition at Stack Overflow, we set aside this time of year to make sure we are ‘giving back’ to effect positive change in the world.. As a small gesture of thanks, we make sizable donations to charities that need our help.” - Karen Mascavage, Senior Recruiter.

 

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