TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) is the nonprofit arm of Boston’s tech community that connects New England's tech entrepreneurs with the riskiest social enterprises serving local under-resourced youth through entrepreneurial, educational, and life experiences. TUGG is one of the only funders of experimental youth programming in Boston.
2006 A group of leading technologists, including future TUGG founders, come together for the first ever Tech Charity Wine Party in support of Year Up.
2009 TUGG is officially founded as a 501C3 in December 2009 by Jeff Fagnan, Hemant Taneja, and Dana Samuels with two key objectives: (1) bring together Boston's best entrepreneurs, VCs, and technologist as a community, and (2) leverage this group to source, identify, and fund Boston's best social entrepreneurial ventures.
2010 TUGG hosts its first official Tech Charity Wine Party to raise money for three amazing new groups identified by the community. The event raises just north of $70k, setting up TUGG as a resource for tech philanthropic activity in New England. This event is also the genesis for Open Source Philanthropy, the core concept to TUGG's giving model.
2011 TUGG hosts its second Tech Charity Wine Party and launches Tech Gives Back, a day of service across the community followed by a community party. The event launches with 400 tech leaders.
2012 Both Tech Gives Back and the Wine Party grow in strength while the team from EverTrue holds the first TUGG "microfederated" event with their Raise The Rim basketball tournament.
2013 The Wine Party and Tech Gives Back both surpass 1000 participants for the first time. TUGG's microfederated events program starts in earnest, with over 10 awesome events and six breakfasts hosted by the community. TUGG also mobilizes a response effort to the Boston Marathon bombing, raising over $325,000 for blast victims in just a few weeks.
2015 TUGG's leadership continues with record breaking attendance at Wine Party and Tech Gives Back Day of Service and over $350k in grant funding for TUGG portfolio nonprofits. TUGG has a community of over 11,000 and is recognized by Greenlight Fund and BUILD for social impact. In December, TUGG wins BostInno's 50 on Fire Award in the Civic Category.
2016 In April, TUGG celebrates its 10th Annual Wine and Tequila Party, hosting 2,000 people and raises $500k for 6 portfolio nonprofits. Also in April, the Boston Marathon Team raises over $40k for TUGG nonprofits- the most successful to date. In May, BostInno joins as TUGG's annual media partner and was honored with the American Spirit Award by NVCA.