In the current era of startups, the culture of the company can be just as important as the culture the company supports. Within the last 5 years, many tech startups have started to assume a much more active approach when it comes to social responsibility.
Numerous fast growth startups channel their funds towards self-driven missions but there is also a handful that use their growth to impact communities in need, outside of their direct industry. Still, the monetary side isn’t the extent of their giving; services and internal opportunities also have a grave impact on the common good. Here are four tech companies leading the way in dynamic charitable efforts.
The ecommerce powerhouse Amazon operates an in-house program that gives back to charity with quite a convenience for their customers. Amazon Smile allows you to support your favorite charities without even noticing the difference on the website. Simply by shopping at the custom url, smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates a portion of proceeds to charity with ever Amazon Smile purchase.
The percentage of the donation isn’t disclosed by Amazon Smile offers a list of about 1 million different eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.
Toptal, one of the biggest freelance-software developer networks, is a great example of a smaller group taking on a big charitable mission. Toptal is a company that uses its software development expertise to help the progress of aspiring engineers deriving from low income backgrounds.
In partnership with General Assembly, the Total Global Mentors Program provides the equivalent of $1 million put towards tutoring and mentorship for remote GA students. Toptal even tops themselves with an additional contribution of $100,000 to establish Toptal Fellowships to the GA Opportunity Fund with a similar mission as their mentors program.
SurveyMonkey makes this list because they’ve been able to reward their massive user base for just take a survey and donate to charities at the same time.
SurveyMonkey Contribute sends users surveys based on their personality and interests and in return they can win cool prizes as well as an automatic $0.50 donation to a charity of choice. The program has managed to raise over $5 million in donations for charities like Doctors Without Borders, American Red Cross and more.
Microsoft has participated in all kinds of charity but they are most generous with their products. In 2014, Microsoft donated tech equipment to over 86,000 organizations at a globally (more than 125 different countries). They’ve also made charity an initiative that all employees can be a part of individually. They offer a volunteer match program where Microsoft employees can donate $25 of company dollars to charity for every four hours of volunteer work.
As focused as these companies are on innovation and growth, they’re always finding new ways to give back. The duty to be socially responsible is becoming a standard and tech companies have found creative ways to do so through internal programs and other donations. How would you give back to the community if you had the company resources to do so?