Autumn Volunteer Opportunities with the TUGGfolio

As the summer winds down and autumn is fast approaching, it's not too late to get involved with a TUGG portfolio nonprofit. Volunteering your time is an easy way to give back and make a BIG impact for many of our startup nonprofits.

Check out the list below to see what volunteer or mentoring opportunity is best for you to get roped in to give back today!

TUGG Nonprofit Volunteer Opportunities

BUILD Boston Mentoring Opportunities
 

Connect. Engage. Empower. Invest in Boston's future by mentoring a team of high school entrepreneurs! 

Interested? Learn more now!

Questions? Contact: kquigleymellor@build.org

 

ICW Summer Workout Series

While not a volunteer opportunity in the true sense, ICW is hosting their Summer Workout Series beginning next week! Come join ICW students, staff and coaches for 4 fun and free workouts outside on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Get into great shape and learn about an amazing organization at the same time. Sign up and for exact dates, times and location here.

 

Resilient Coders Volunteer Task Force

Resilient Coders is seeking creating and innovative volunteers to join one of three new volunteer task forces, which include Mentorship, Content Production, and Talent Placement. We know you have what it takes - get in touch!

Interested? Learn more.

Questions? Contact: leon@resilientcoders.org

 

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Science From Scientists Kit Volunteer

Science From Scientists does a lot of behind the scenes work to make sure that they are delivering the most high-quality, exciting lessons to their students; they are constantly replenishing the materials they use when they teach, and have to repair or recreate any broken materials when necessary. We would be delighted to have your help with these important tasks! Learn more now!

Interested? Learn more about Science From Scientists.

Questions? Contact: kits@sciencefromscienitists.org

Multiple Opportunities at SWOB

Sitters Without Borders has multiple opportunities to get involved with the organization:

Board Service Opportunity: SWOB is recruiting new board members who are passionate about what Sitters Without Borders (SWOB) does, willing to commit time and energy to strengthen and sustain the organization, and embrace board service as a serious commitment to the community.  Apply now!

Sitter: SWOB is currently recruiting volunteers with experience to train with them, and provide free weekly childcare for a Family around Greater Boston, while moms are in college classes. Have fun watching a child, while enabling the parent to reach their educational goals and enhance their economic independence! 

Operations Intern: SWOB's Operations Intern will learn immensely and gain experience with the inner workings of a client-services nonprofit organization. This person will have many opportunities to affect the organization's strategies and protocols, as well as to work with the Board of Directors and the Operations Committee. 

Fundraising Intern: The Fundraising intern will work closely with the board's development committee, focusing on fundraising activities. Some background and/or experience in fundraising for a group, organization, program, etc. is preferred. The position may include grant writing.

Social Media Intern: The Social Media Intern's responsibilities include creating content, posting, tracking, reviewing, researching, potential relationship building. Additional social media related responsibilities will apply depending on needs.

Development Intern: The Development intern will learn a great deal about developing a business/organization, developing strategies and protocols for SWOB. The intern will also work closely with the board's development committee on exciting projects related to growing the organization.

Hours are flexible for all internships and depending on performance. Work is mainly remote except for occasional events. This is a volunteer internship position

Interested in these positions? Learn more about Sitters Without Borders.

Questions? Contact: kelly.ferguson@sitterswithoutborders.com

 

Tech Goes Home Social Media Maven

TGH is looking for a brilliant communicator to be their champion and help tell their story. This person will serve as the primary voice of the organization on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. They will help TGH engage with partners, build our support base, and convey our impact through stats and stories. 

Interested? Learn more about TGH.

Questions? Contact: theo@techgoeshome.org

 

Tech Gives Back

October 19, 2017

Save the date because TUGG's annual citywide day of service, Tech Gives Back, is happening on October 19th! General registration opens next week, but if you have a team of 10 or more and would like to show your community leadership and become a sponsor, please let us know!
Interested? Contact: events@tugg.org

Recap: Tech Night at the Museum 2017

Tech + Social Innovation Meet Art

TUGG’s Tech Night at the Museum was a resounding hit for a second year in a row, despite the downpour over the Seaport neighborhood, drawing 200+ attendees from companies across the Greater Boston’s  tech community to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, who generously allowed a bunch of techies to take over their museum for the night. The event, sponsored by Invaluable with support from Cuseum and TUGG’s Annual Partners, overlooked the harbor where everyone gathered to mingle, enjoy great food and drinks, admire the art on display, and of course learn about social innovation from TUGG’s portfolio nonprofits.

View event photos here!

The Pitches

TUGGfolio members Mbadika, Media Girls, Resilient Coders, and Transformative Culture Project (TCP) each gave a one minute pitch to the packed crowd about their organization’s mission and all they’ve accomplished. Netia from Mbadika opened, telling how her organization helps fosters interest in STEM, hardware and engineering for youth in Roxbury and abroad . Angela from Media Girls followed with how her organization teaches girls and young women to discover their self-worth, and use social media to speak up for their beliefs. David from Resilient Coders was next, whose organization educates underprivileged young adults how to code and helps them find employment to put their new skills to use. Finally, Reggie from Transformative Culture Project rounded out the presentation by telling the audience about how his organization creates new opportunities for young creators to build economic and social power through their art and craft.

Museum Exploration + Nonprofit Engagement

After the pitches our attentive audience took to the museum! Each nonprofit was responsible for hosting a different activity throughout the museum, and attendees were then tasked to join at least two in order to be entered for a chance to win an associate membership for two to the ICA, in addition to a case of wine from Ninety + Cellars.

Activities included a tour of Nari Ward’s Sun Splashed exhibit with TCP, a brown paper bag design thinking challenge from Mbadika, a talk with one of Resilient Coders’ most active students, and an activity about self reflection with Media Girls.

Throughout the evening, museumgoers were encouraged to snap some pictures of the sights and exhibits and to tweet about their favorite parts, with the best posts winning two free tickets to one of the ICA’s newest exhibits. You can view the winning Instagram post here, and the best tweet here.

Thank You

We are incredibly thankful to Invaluable for joining our community as a lead sponsor for this event!

"As the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, Invaluable’s team has a passion for both art and technology, making Tech Night at the Museum a perfect fit for us,” said O’Neal Rowe, Invaluable CMO. “Operating at the intersection of art and tech, Invaluable’s technology allows users to place bids in real-time via our app or website on incredible works of art being offered during live auctions, helping connect people with the things they love. This event is a great opportunity for us to engage with those in Boston’s tech community who also have a passion for the arts, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with TUGG on this event.” 

Additional thanks to Cuseum, who powers the ICA’s app, for supporting Tech Night the Museum for a second year in a row  and TUGG’s annual partners for their continued support of TUGG’s mission. We couldn’t have done it without all of your help!

If you loved visiting the ICA now, you should mark your calendar for their Art in the Age of the Internet exhibition coming up in February!

We’re already looking forward to Tech Night at the Museum 2018. In the meantime we’ll see you at Tech Gives Back 2017!

How to Support TUGG with AmazonSmile

Think of how much time and money you spend shopping online... it's a lot right? Chances are you’re doing the bulk of your shopping on Amazon, and with so much money going from your wallet into Amazon’s bank account, think of the impact you could have if a portion of that went towards your favorite charity.

Enter AmazonSmile!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

How does it work?

Every item available for purchase on amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

Sign Up For AmazonSmile & Select TUGG as Your
Organization of Choice!

Step 1.  Navigate to smile.amazon.com and log in if you aren’t already.

Step 2.  Pick your charity. You’ll be taken to a screen where you can choose from some spotlight charities, or pick your own by searching for it.

Search for TUGG in the search box and select enter.

You’ll then be taken to a screen with your search results. Make sure to select TUGG Corp based in Cambridge, MA.

Step 3. Confirm. After selecting TUGG Corp, you’ll be asked to confirm you understand you must always shop on smile.amazon.com in order to support TUGG. Fill out your name and select ‘Start Shopping’.

Step 4. Start Shopping! You’ll be redirected back to the homepage, where you’ll now see “Supporting: TUGG Corp” in the upper left hand corner right below the search bar.

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When shopping for items, you’ll be able to tell which purchases are eligible for a donation when it says “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation.”

And that’s it! Amazon will now donate .5% of every eligible purchase to TUGG! Thank you for supporting innovation in your community by (Amazon) smiling with TUGG :)

Summer Volunteer Opportunities with the TUGGfolio

Thinking about your summer plans? Don't forget to figure into the equation volunteering with your favorite TUGG portfolio nonprofit.

By giving a little bit of time, you can make a BIG difference for many of our startup nonprofits. Check out the list below to see what volunteer or mentoring opportunity is best for you and get-in-to-give-back today!

TUGG Nonprofit Volunteer Opportunities

Train with a Student Trainer at ICW!


Although not volunteering in the traditional sense, signing up for personal training at ICW (InnerCity Weightlifting) is a great way to give back to your community while getting into amazing shape at the same time! By working out at ICW you help carry out their mission of increasing economic mobility and bridging social capital to our city's most at risk youth.

Interested? Learn more.

Contact: joshf@innercityweightlifting.org


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MEDIA GIRLS is seeking a talented graphic designer to donate their time and skills to help them create professional marketing materials that they can distribute at community events. At the startup stage, spreading awareness is everything - your work will go a long way in helping them spread the word about their mission. 

Interested? Learn more about MEDIA GIRLS.

Contact: michelle@mediagirls.org


Resilient Coders is seeking creating and innovative volunteers to join one of three new volunteer task forces, which include Mentorship, Content Production, and Talent Placement. We know you have what it takes - get in touch!

Interested? Learn more.

Questions? Contact: david@resilientcoders.org

 

Science Club for Girls Young Leaders in STEM summer program

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We have a need for a small group of volunteers (3-5 people) to commit to one week this summer to help develop and run a summer program for our teen girl participants. The program is called Young Leaders in STEM (YLS) and we partner with the Cambridge Mayor's summer youth employment program. 

Interested? Learn more.

Contact: acheng@scienceclubforgirls.org


TGH is looking for Course Volunteers. These volunteers enhance program quality in three key ways: 1) break down language barriers between trainers and participants as in-class translators, 2) help trainers explain tech concepts to new Internet users as classroom assistants, and 3) present lessons as TGH Small Business guest lecturers, sharing their expertise on topics such as financial management, social media marketing, project management, and more. 

Interested? Learn more.

Questions? Contact: qj@techgoeshome.org



Y2Y's pilot summer shelter for young adults will offer two kinds of volunteer positions in Harvard Square: 1) regular weekly shifts, in which you commit to one shift a week (i.e. Monday dinner) and are responsible for that shift for the entirety of the summer season, 2) irregular signups, where you signup for as many or as few shifts that work for you over the summer. 

Interested? Learn more

Questions? Contact: info@y2yharvardsquare.org


Tech Community Volunteer Opportunities

TUGG It Forward: Afternoon of Service on the Esplanade

Join TUGG and our friends from Boston tech for an afternoon of service along the beautiful Emerald Necklace with the Esplanade Association! Volunteers will likely be doing a combination of raking leaves, cleaning up trash, and possibly painting benches or removing invasive plants and vegetation. 

Interested? Register now!



Nonprofits spend all of their time doing good, but not always looking good. Imagine how much good they could do if they looked good as well? Marketers, designers and developers, how powerful an opportunity to use your professional skills use to help nonprofits grow? 

These are the ideas that led to the creation of 48in48 and we need your help to impact the local community of nonprofit organizations in your local area.

Interested? Learn more

Questions? Contact: gina@48in48.org

TUGG Makes Boston Recap

Sold Out TUGG Makes Boston, Brought Out the Best in Boston Tech!

On March 23 we celebrated our sold-out 11th Annual Wine & Tequila Party under a new name, TUGG Makes Boston!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support social innovation and party for good with us at the Innovation and Design Building! At every Wine & Tequila Party we're reminded that this event is so much more than a party! It's about the remarkable impact our community can have in just one night when we come together to catalyze greater good.

No other event in Boston tech can bring together such a diverse group of industries, networks, and people, and we believe it’s largely due to this incredible synergy that’s made possible by all of our outstanding partners and supporters on both sides of the non-profit and for-profit table. 

Read more about it on VentureFizz and get BostInno's take on the event here.

Who run the world? Media Girls!

Congrats to our new nonprofit winner: Media Girls! Media Girls is a program that shows girls and young women how to use social media to share their authentic selves, post positive content, develop their critical thinking, and take a stand on meaningful issues.

Being part of the TUGG event was extraordinary even beyond winning the $50K grant. It was receiving a masterclass in the craft of pitching from top experts who were truly invested in us. After taking part in this experience, our whole team feels confident in sharing what we do in a concise way in any type of situation. That is a skill we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.
— Michelle Cove, Founder & Executive Director, Media Girls

5-Time Winners: Resilient Coders

Congratulations to Resilient Coders on their 5th consecutive win! 

Resilient Coders is a free, volunteer-based program focused on making web technology more available to kids who might not otherwise be exposed to it. Each student builds a website, coached along by a web professional.

Last night’s win allows us to support more stipends and seriously grow the Lab. We will also be launching a new Dev Ops track later this year. But what’s amazing to us about TUGG is the community.
— David Delmar, Founder Resilient Coders

A huge congratulations to all 6 of TUGG's nonprofits, new and returning, who pitched their hearts out. We know it's tough and you all stood your own! We're proud to have you all in our portfolio - First Teacher, Mbadika, Media Girls, Resilient Coders, Tech Goes Home and We Thrive!

TAG YOURSELF!

We have some awesome photos of you all! Check them out below and get tagging. There are some gems in here!

Photo booth photos by Sharingbox

NEW TO TUGG?

If you're new to our community follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page to stay up to date with upcoming tech events and ways to get involved with our innovative nonprofits.

THANK YOU

Take a minute browse through these companies below that have stepped up and placed community as a priority for their culture. They and their employees represent the very best of tech. Without them, there would be no TUGG.

Brought to You By Sponsors

Featuring Sponsors

Announcing TUGG's New and Returning 2017 Nonprofits

The 6 Most Innovative Social Enterprises Competing for $50k at TUGG Makes Boston

TUGG Makes Boston, the 11th Annual Wine & Tequila Party is much more than a party, it's the largest grant writing opportunity for the most innovative social enterprises in Boston! 

On March 23 the following six organizations will compete for the chance to win $50k in grant funding. You will select the winner! 

Take a minute to get to know and welcome (on twitter), TUGG's incoming nonprofits.

2017 New Portfolio Nonprofits

Mbadika provides hardware and engineering workshops for under-resourced youth to inspire young innovators. Learn more about Mbadika.  
@Mbadika

Media Girls teaches girls to critique how they're portrayed in the media, re-envision new possibilities, and create their own empowering content. Learn more about Media Girls. 
 @MediaGirlsOrg

 

Tech Goes Home is an initiative that brings digital access and basic technology training to underserved families as an entryway to the digital age. Learn more about Tech Goes Home.
@TechGoesHome

 

 

2017 Returning Portfolio Nonprofits

First Teacher is a community of parents and caregivers working together to prepare all our children for kindergarten and beyond. Learn more about First Teacher.
@FirstTeacherBos

 

Resilient Coders spreads code literacy to young people from traditionally underserved communities. Learn more about Resilient Coders.
@resilientcoders

WeThrive is an entrepreneurial mentoring program that pairs college students with underserved middle school and high school students. Learn more about WeThrive.
@WeThrive_

Support Social Innovation in Boston!
TUGG Makes Boston Tickets are on sale now!

Now that you know who your TUGG Makes Boston ticket is helping support, we hope you'll join us on March 23 in celebration and support of social innovation in your community. Your vote will decide who leaves with $50k in grant funding to catalyze their organization!

REGISTER NOW

$100/person Ticket price includes open bar, food, some special surprises, and the opportunity to fund someone's dream! 

Introducing the 2017 Team TUGG Boston Marathon Runners

Introducing the 2017 Team TUGG Boston Marathon Runners

As the weather warms up in Boston and the winter comes to a close, nothing ushers in the official start of spring for us Bostonians more than watching Boston Marathon runners cross the finish line down on Boylston street. And while the Marathon has its fair share of elite runners who descend upon the city from all over the world, there’s also a large portion of locals who are running to help raise money for charities of all kinds. Some of TUGG’s nonprofits happen to be among those benefitting as well.

In order to help the community to get to know the Team TUGG runners a bit better, we decided to ask each of them some questions to shed some light on why they’re running and how they’re feeling about the big day.

2017 New Year's Resolution: Do More for Your Community

2017 New Year's Resolution: Do More for Your Community

The top feedback that we received last year was that companies and individuals would like more meaningful ways to get involved with TUGG's nonprofits. So we put together this list of organizations that need your help!

By giving just a little bit of time, you can make a BIG difference in a young person's life! Check out the list to see what volunteer or mentoring opportunity is best for you and get involved today!

2016 TUGG By The Numbers

All the KPIs You Need to Know About TUGG's 2016

2016 was an eventful year (literally) for TUGG! 

We hosted the most events in our history and brought together nearly 6,000 people from across Boston tech. From the Wine Party to four different tourneys to our first ever Tech Night at the Museum. 

You were there for the best of it - thank you for making 2016 such a great year for us.

Here's to a fruitful 2017!

Funding Update: First Teacher, Mass Leap, WeThrive

Funding Update: First Teacher, Mass Leap, WeThrive

WHERE YOUR WINE PARTY DOLLARS WENT

A LOOK BACK THE IMPACT TUGG'S NEW NONPROFITS MAKE ON OUR COMMUNITY

History was made this past April at TUGG's 10th Annual Wine and Tequila Party: for the first time ever, thanks to all your votes we had a tie for first place in the new nonprofit category between First Teacher and WeThrive. Both nonprofits joined TUGG's portfolio, along with our third place winner, MassLEAP. Read on to see what they've been up to since April.

Give to TUGG Today and Double the Good!

Give to TUGG Today and Double the Good!

Today's the day! Your gift to TUGG will be doubled!

Today, Giving Tuesday, TUGG kicks off the largest fundraising campaign in our history. We are nailing ourselves to a $1M goal, to be capped off at our 2017 Wine Party on March 30.

Let's repeat that:
$1M by March 30

To get us started, and in the spirit of leading the charge, our founder Jeff Fagnan is matching the first $25k of donations today ONLY!

 Donate Now 

What Does TUGG Do Exactly?

Since joining TUGG as Executive Director in 2015 I have met many of you and you have had the same question…

What does TUGG do exactly?

TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good)  funds the most experimental nonprofit programming focused on local under-resourced youth. We find the most innovative nonprofits tackling big, hard problems in their communities and we write the first check to make their programming a reality. 

Do we serve our community in other ways? Of course. TUGG is ultimately the nonprofit arm of Boston’s tech community and we do, as our mission states, connect and engage technologists, entrepreneurs, and innovators across New England to give back to the community.

Make no mistake, TUGG’s contribution to the local nonprofit landscape is crucial.

We are one of two local funders that are willing to write “the first check”, and the only funder that focuses exclusively on experimental youth programming.

If we want to make big progress in the issues facing our local under-resourced youth, we have to come at the challenges with new solutions and new models. TUGG makes this possible. 

How do you fit in?

Someone, at some point gave you a shot to prove yourself. Start-ups represent the ultimate meritocracy, and through your smarts and hard work you found success.

Being a member of the TUGG community means paying that forward. Your donations fund the grants that we write to nonprofits so that the entrepreneurs in the TUGG portfolio can have that shot of making their programming a reality. 

We raise every penny, every year, and rely on the support of the New England tech community to make our work possible. 

A Call to Action

 This Giving Tuesday, we ask that you consider a donation to TUGG to help us further our mission and fund our grant-writing. Or even better, donate now

Thank you for your consideration, your engagement, and your support.

- Zoe Anetakis
Executive Director, TUGG

One Nonprofit that Is Making Our Youth's Voices Heard in Our Democracy

One Nonprofit that Is Making Our Youth's Voices Heard in Our Democracy

TUGG Portfolio Nonprofit Generation Citizen Ensures that All Students Can Participate in Our Democracy

Today is Election Day and while many of us can't wait for this election to be over, it's good to take a moment to celebrate how our youth can impact change in our political system. Today we want to highlight one of our nonprofits that works to provide young people with the tools necessary to participate in our democracy, encouraging them to use the their voices as a catalyst for change.

 Through action-oriented civics education programming, Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure our kids, particularly those in under-resourced communities, have the knowledge and skills to participate in our democracy as active citizens. 

Recapping #TechGivesBack2016

Recapping #TechGivesBack2016

Give Kindness, Give Time, Give Back

Our 6th annual Tech Gives Back day of service on October 20 brought out 1,500 TUGGers from over 70 companies to get in to give back at 50+ nonprofits across Boston.

Our team had the opportunity to visit several volunteer sites throughout the day to show our support and appreciation for the volunteers. Spirits were high and impact was huge! 

Go Outdoors for Tech Gives Back!

Go Outdoors for Tech Gives Back!

New Outdoor Projects Added to Tech Gives Back!

We sit in an office all day, why not use October 20th as an opportunity not only do something good for the community but also to get out of the office and into the great outdoors? 

Tech Gives Back is next week and it looks like the weather will be fabulous, so we added several park related projects to the roster!

Participation in Tech Gives Back is free (though we hope you'll consider making a donation) and you can register as an individual, team, department or your whole company!

Pledge 1% Boston - The Start of a Movement

Accomplice Pledges 1% of Carry to Two TUGG Portfolio Nonprofits

Last Wednesday was a special day in Boston tech and philanthropy. We celebrated the launch of Pledge 1% Boston, a joint initiative powered by the Boston Foundation and TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good).

Pledge 1% Boston is the regional initiative of the global Pledge 1% movement, which catalyzes startups and other innovation economy players to make supporting their communities integral to what they do. By pledging a small portion of their future success today, companies can have an enormous impact.

Pledge 1% Boston encourages and challenges founders and CEOs to pledge 1% of equity ( either personal or company equity), product, and employee time for their communities, and help put that intent into action.

The packed launch event brought together leaders in Boston's innovation and social sectors including Accomplice, GreenLight Fund, MassChallenge, and others. 

Photo: TBF

Photo: TBF

10 companies have taken the pledge in Boston so far including: Accomplice, CoachUp, Cuseum, Freebird, FundLatinosGravyty, Nanogenecs, Ovuline, and Pepper Lane. We believe this is just the start and as more companies catch wind of this, the list of 10 will soon grow to 20+.

TUGG's founder, Jeff Fagan, brought goosebumps to attendees as he spoke about joining the movement of Pledge 1% "This is a movement and that's why I ask you not to join me, but to join we and make Pledge 1% a part of the fabric of our community."

TUGG's Zoe Anetakis & Tim Smith from TBF Photo: TBF

TUGG's Zoe Anetakis & Tim Smith from TBF
Photo: TBF

Hands down, the most exciting moment of the night came from Jeff who announced that Accomplice is pledging 1% of its carry (unheard of in the VC world) and splitting that 1% between two TUGG nonprofits, InnerCity Weightlifting and Resilient Coders. While 1% may not sound like a lot, 1% of a several million dollar fund is huge deal and will make an extraordinary impact on these two organizations.

Our hope is that others will follow suit and join the movement as Pledge 1% snowballs into something bigger and better than we could ever imagine.

Below you can read a sample of Accomplice's Pledge 1% announcement.

Repost from Accomplice:

"We at Accomplice pledge to give 1% of our carry to TUGG nonprofits InnerCity Weightlifting and Resilient Coders. They’re two Boston-based organizations fighting to bring social and economic equality to under-resourced youth, and they’ve done amazing work.

The Pledge 1% campaign asks startup employees to commit to giving 1% of their equity, time, or product to nonprofits in their community. It’s a pledge to pay it forward if you become successful.

VC firms don’t have equity the same way that startups do, so we give our employees carried interest (or “carry”) in our funds. Carry is complicated, but think of it as our share of the profits we generate from our company-building and investing efforts.

We’re splitting our 1% pledge between InnerCity Weightlifting (ICW) and Resilient Coders, two nonprofits that started with TUGG and have grown to become part of the Boston tech community and our culture at Accomplice. TUGG supports nonprofits at the earliest stages through crowdsourced grants. These nonprofits are often the riskiest — and boldest — out there. And just like tech startups, they need someone to believe in them when they’re just a big idea and a tiny group of motivated people..." Continue reading.

TGB 2016: Why Rapid7 Is Shutting Down Its Offices for Tech Gives Back

Q&A with Rapid7’s Chief People Officer, Christina Luconi

TUGG relies on the support of our annual partners to keep the lights on. We are always amazed when these companies go above and beyond to run their company in the TUGG spirit by making giving back a part of their culture. One such company is Rapid7. Rapid7 is fairly new to TUGG’s community and yet their support of our mission and Tech Gives Back has been one of the most fervent of any of our supporters.

Rapid7’s Chief People Officer and culture architect, Christina Luconi, spearheaded the company’s decision to shut down their offices for the entire day on October 20th to participate in Tech Gives Back. Below Christina talks to us about developing culture, working with TUGG, and how to shut down your offices globally for a day of giving.

Below Christina talks to us about developing culture, working with TUGG, and how to shut down your offices globally for a day of giving.

Q: What’s something about the Rapid7 workplace that might surprise our community?
A: We are a pretty special company to work for. While culture and people efforts are just now picking up momentum with press -- and are rightfully getting increased attention from businesses -- it’s been written into our DNA since the beginning. We have scaled quickly, gone public, and grown a vibrant business without losing our soul – all because we understand that our people are at the center of making it all work.

Q: How do you work on something like “culture” at a large, public company? What advice would you give to start-ups that are rapidly developing their teams and culture?
A: We’ve worked very hard to keep our five core values the center of our culture, regardless of our private or public status. Our core values – created by our people, for our people – are woven into every element of our employee lifecycle. They guide our behavior and help shape our decision making. As a result, they serve as the thread that ties all of us together. Of course, every office and team have their own unique vibe, but we all share the same core belief system. I’d suggest any small company spend some time early on figuring out exactly “why” they exist, and articulate the behaviors that will help the company to be successful. Then it’s about ensuring every action and behavior maps back to those beliefs.

Q: Rapid7 volunteered with Tech Gives Back for the first time last year with a small team. What made you decide to shut the entire company down globally for TGB this year?
A: We’ve been a partner of TUGG for years, but last year we decided to commit in a much bigger way – both in terms of time and dollars. Those of us who participated in Tech Gives Back last year loved the element of giving back to our community, but actually found working together with co-workers you don’t necessarily get to partner with on a daily basis was a huge bonus. As a result, we decided to partner with TUGG on local projects, and simultaneously have all our other offices across the globe lead their own community service project.

It’s a pretty exciting prospect to see so many people galvanized to support their communities, and spend some time connecting personally as well.

Q: Logistically, how do you shut down a company of 900 people with 3 offices across the globe on a Thursday in October?
A: It does take some planning. In our case, we’ve been planning all year. We’ve had to get creative with some of our teams who need to be “on call” for customers, etc. but we’re a committed bunch. I have no doubt our folks will be ready to be able to step away for a few hours.

Q: What advice would you give companies who are considering shutting down their offices and taking the #Rapid7Challenge but are nervous about how it will affect their business?
A: Involve a broad group of people in the planning. Ensure you are thinking through the needs and restrictions of everyone, and offer a variety of options to accommodate. If people are excited, motivated and committed, they likely won’t miss a beat!

TUGG annual partner Rapid7 has committed to closing its offices globally on October 20 for Tech Gives Back and will commit its entire employee base to a day of service alongside TUGG. Will you commit to getting your team out in full force? Take the #Rapid7Challenge and tweet us @TUGGOrg!

When Tech Gives Back, Boston Wins

When Tech Gives Back, Boston Wins

Join Us for TUGG’s 6th Annual Tech Gives Back Day of Service

With the summer behind us, Boston is back in the groove - the mean, lean tech machine is hard at work. Take a look around you on your morning commute, the shift in mindset is palpable.

Boston’s nonprofits are ramping up too, ready to serve those who need help the most. Soup kitchens planning out warm meals for cold nights. Schools purchasing supplies to challenge young minds. Homeless shelters preparing beds for those who don’t have a place to call home. These nonprofits can’t succeed without the support of their communities, so this October 20th we ask you to get out of the office and into your community for Tech Gives Back!

Registration is Now Open!

TUGG's First Ever Tech Night at the Museum

TUGG's First Ever Tech Night at the Museum

A recap of when we took over the Gardner Museum!

Dubbed a "Boston tech hit," TUGG's sold-out Tech Night at the Museum was attended by 200 people from across Boston's tech, nonprofit and arts communities. The power of art is in the experience and we were thrilled to see such a great, engaged crowd experience the magic of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with us and our portfolio nonprofits.