At Purpose Jobs, we believe that businesses can be a force of good. Whether that’s through the products or services they offer, or the way they interact with the community.
Businesses no doubt have power and influence, and many of the companies in the Purpose Jobs community take their corporate social responsibility very seriously.
For some, it’s about creating a product that helps people find wellness. Or building software that supports renewable energy. Those are tech companies that give back to the community just by doing what they do. But there are many more that give back through partnerships, foundations, and community service.
If you’re looking to join a mission-driven tech company that gives back to the community, here are 9 awesome (and hiring!) organizations to check out.
Tech Companies That Give Back to the Community
Veeva Systems is a Silicon Valley-headquartered software company that powers the path to the world’s new medicines. Veeva was the first public company to convert to a Public Benefit Corporation (not the same thing as a B corp). This model commits Veeva to considering its public benefit purposes (which include providing great employment opportunities for our people and moving the life sciences industry as a whole forward) equally along with shareholder value.
Additionally, Veeva offers employees “Veeva Giving,” where employees set aside an amount equal to 1% of their salary for donating to the charitable causes of their choosing. Veeva believes having the employee choose what is important to them is more meaningful than the company supporting a small number of corporate causes. Employees share their giving experiences and the various causes supported are shared with all employees. It’s a very meaningful and important part of the culture at Veeva.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Lower is a digital lending company on a mission to make homeownership more accessible by offering a one-stop-shop for home buying. In addition to its people, Lower cares about the communities it serves and is proud to have given back through years-long relationships with Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Homes Initiative, the Casey Cares Foundation, Junior Achievement, Pelotonia, and the New Albany Foundation.
In addition, the team will select other charities to assist, such as a church raising funds for refugees in Ukraine and the Childhood League Center. This is achieved through hours volunteered, monetary donations collected, and items donated for giveaways/silent auction. The team has raised thousands of dollars and volunteered hundreds of hours so far in 2022.
T-CETRA is a Columbus-based tech company bridging the digital divide and serving the underbanked by making payment processes more equitable. The mission-driven company is constantly focused on giving back to the community, and that’s seen through its leadership and initiatives. In 2020, the company launched the T-CETRA Foundation to provide grants to 501(c)(3)charities that increased financial empowerment and technology impact for the un/derbanked population. In 2021, The T-CETRA Foundation matched employee’s tax-deductible charitable donation, at either 50% or 100% depending on the category.
In addition to the Foundation, T-CETRA works as a team to help build stronger communities. In 2021, T-CETRA’s company-sponsored volunteer program with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank garnered a 27% participation rate (the national average for participation in corporate volunteer programs is 10%). Then in 2022, T-CETRA introduced Volunteer Time Off (VTO) of up to 4 hours per employee per year to volunteer at a non-profit of their choosing in addition to the annual company-sponsored volunteer program.
Root is a leading insurtech company based in Columbus, Ohio. They are driven by purpose in their mission to provide fair insurance rates, provide a great workplace for employees, and make a difference in their communities and for the planet. Here’s just a few ways Root gives back to the community:
Donating expertise: In continued partnership with InnovateOhio, Root helped build a new website for the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The redesigned site resulted in four times the amount of organ donor sign-ups.
Root also donated donated web strategy, design, and structural support, photography, and social media expertise to Mozaic Ohio, a wellness and community space for transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary young people of color.
Charitable giving: Root donates to the Wendell Scott Foundation to support STEM-focused mentoring, training, education, and support services for underserved students. Additionally, the company takes part in Pride efforts and activities to ensure its employees feel welcome and supported. Root employees also participate annually in Pelotonia to raise money and awareness for cancer research—to date our Root team has raised more than $175,000.
Founded in Detroit, Floyd is a sustainable furniture brand on a mission to reduce landfill waste, one couch at a time. The company is committed to regularly partnering with organizations in Detroit. So far this year, Floyd has planned to make donations and have speaking engagements arranged at their headquarters with The Empowerment Plan, The Detroit Boxing Gym and Women of Banglatown.
StockX, the next generation of ecommerce for the next generation of consumer, is committed to advancing the work of organizations fighting for equity and social justice. Over the years, StockX has made or matched team member donations to organizations including the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Stop AAPI Hate and others.
Stansbury Weaver, a Columbus-based startup killing the billable hour and revolutionizing the legal industry, is one of the premier partners for RTRX 2022. RTRX is a week-long event where business leaders across industries and sectors come together to share their expertise, leadership and passion for creating better businesses — and businesses for good. As part of the pitch competition, Stansbury Weaver is providing over $25,000 worth of legal services to the winner of the pitch competition. All of the proceeds for RTRX go to Pelotonia's innovative life-saving cancer research.
Gearsupply is an innovative marketplace for used, professional Audio-Visual equipment sales. Its “talent & tech” platform streamlines the purchase and resale of equipment among the entertainment, concert, and event production industry. Based in Cincinnati, Gearsupply is a growing startup with a people-first culture.
As part of the backbone of their business success, Gearsupply regularly donates to charity and encourages employees to give as well, matching employee’s contributions to their favorite charities.
Headquartered in Detroit with a distributed, remote team, Signal Advisors is a software startup that helps financial advisors grow their businesses. The platform provides marketing, coaching services and other tech tools to help advisors focus on what matters: the financial wellness of their clients and their journey to retirement. Being “obsessed with finding a better way” is at the heart of the company’s culture, and it’s also helped them create a better place to work. Among many benefits — like unlimited paid vacation, learning and wellness stipends, and paid personal significance days — Signal offers time for employees to volunteer. This summer, the company is designating time for all team members to volunteer in their local communities across the country.
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