The Six Local Nonprofits Competing for $50k at the 2016 Wine Party Are...

6 Outstanding Nonprofits Will Compete, You Will Decide

In just under two weeks, six local nonprofits will canvass the crowd at TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party, educating partygoers about their organizations and hustling for votes.

The nonprofits fall into two categories: those new to TUGG’s portfolio this year, and those returning. Each category will have a winner, determined by attendee votes. Both winners receive $50,000 in grant funding and runners-up will receive $10k.

Take a minute to learn about each of the nonprofits below:

2016 New Nonprofits

First Teacher is a community of parents and caregivers working together to prepare all our children for success in kindergarten and beyond. We believe we are our child's first teacher.

@firstteacherbos
facebook.com/1stTeacher

MassLEAP is dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth to experience the transformative power of their own voices in community with one another. We exist as a platform for young people, artist-educators and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums. 

@MASSLEAP
facebook.com/massleap

WeThrive is an entrepreneurial mentoring program that pairs college students with middle school and high school students in low-income households. Youth participants create ventures of their own, earning real revenues but most importantly learning life skills and gaining a near-peer role model.

@wethrive_
facebook.com/teamWeThrive

2016 Returning Nonprofits

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.

@resilientcoders

 

Science Club for Girls fosters excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

@SCFG
facebook.com/SCFGFan

Youth HUB is a youth and community development platform with a mission to dramatically improve employment and career readiness for local under-resourced youth.

@YouthHUBBoston
facebook.com/youthhubboston

 

Now that you have an idea of who your Wine Party ticket is helping support, keep in mind that it's open-source philanthropy. The crowd decides which nonprofits get funded based on engagement and connection with the community. Get ready to change someone's life with your vote!

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#TechRunsBoston: Q&A with Fred Shilmover, Founder and CEO of InsightSquared

#TechRunsBoston: Q&A with Fred Shilmover, Founder and CEO of InsightSquared

Fred Shilmover - Founder and CEO of InsightSquared and one of four runners on TUGG's 2016 Boston Marathon team.

The 2-time Boston Marathon runner, who is donating his bib proceeds to TUGG portfolio nonprofit Resilient Coders, sat down with us to share a little about who he is and why he's running Boston.

Here, Fred reflects on the best (and worst) parts of being a founder, his personal mantra, and why he chose to run for Resilient Coders.

#TechRunsBoston: Q&A with Davorin Gabrovec, Founder and CPO of Databox

#TechRunsBoston: Q&A with Davorin Gabrovec, Founder and CPO of Databox

Davorin Gabrovec - Founder and CPO of Databox and one of four runners on TUGG's 2016 Boston Marathon team.

The former martial arts champion who is donating his bib proceeds to TUGG portfolio nonprofit A Bed for Every Child, sat down with us to share a little about who he is and why he's running Boston.

Here, Davorin reflects on the which tech CEO he most admires, his personal mantra and why he chose to run for A Bed for Every Child.

#TUGG10: A Look Back at 2012 with ZappRX

WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUGG AND THE TECH COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER!

Partnering with TUGG is a Natural Fit

2012 was a year of growth for TUGG. Both Tech Gives Back and the Wine Party grew in strength while the team from EverTrue held the first TUGG "microfederated" event with their Raise The Rim basketball tournament. Microfederated events are smaller TUGG events that focus on bringing tech companies together to rally for their favorite causes.

Also in 2012, prescription management system startup ZappRx came on the scene and looked for ways their team could get involved with TUGG. They quickly found TUGG was a good match for them.

ZappRx provides a secure, collaborative online platform that allows patients, physicians, and pharmacists to work together to improve patients’ access to treatment and deliver medicine faster.

"From the very beginning, ZappRx has always been a mission-driven company. It's our goal to improve the specialty drug prescribing for everyone involved - patients, pharmacists, providers, and pharmaceutical companies. Improving the health and well-being of Boston's most underserved youth is part of this mission. For that reason, partnering with TUGG has been a natural fit for us. We're proud to connect with local-nonprofits, and encourage other tech entrepreneurs to use their funding to give back to our communities in the same way." - Zoë Barry, Founder and CEO, ZappRx

Join ZappRx as a sponsor of TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party!
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info.

#TUGG10: A Look Back at 2011 with InsightSquared

WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUGG AND THE TECH COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER!

Great Culture from Day One

In 2011 the TUGG team tried something new and opted for a Spring Fling instead of a traditional Wine Party. Over 200 friends and colleagues from the New England venture capital and entrepreneurial community came out to party and cast their votes, helping TUGG award grants to three very deserving non-profits.

That same year we also launched our first annual Tech Gives Back tech day of service. Boston's leading innovating companies had teams volunteering at a dozen non-profits in and around Boston - with a total 500 volunteers participating. Following this day of citizenship in the tech community, TUGG held a smashing after party at Citi Performing Arts Center. The day of service was such a hit that it became TUGG’s second signature event after the Wine Party.

One of the 40 companies to participate in first ever Tech Gives Back was InsightSquared and they’ve been involved with TUGG ever since.

For tech companies that need to grow fast and also efficiently, InsightSquared is a sales performance analytics solution that quickly delivers pre-built reports on every major sales metric. The company is known for its awesome company culture and commitment to the community, which we can most definitely attest to!

"Creating a great culture was part of the mission from day one. It was not accidental, but a very intentional component that influences every decision that we make. All three of us, as founders, brought the best elements from our past companies to InsightSquared" - Fred Shilmover, CEO, InsightSquared.


Interested in sponsoring TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party?
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info!

#TechRunsBoston: Q&A with Ethan Bernstein, Founder and CEO of Freebird

#TechRunsBoston: Q&A with Ethan Bernstein, Founder and CEO of Freebird

Ethan Bernstein - Founder and CEO of Freebird and one of four runners on TUGG's 2016 Boston Marathon team.

The 8-time marathon runner who is donating his bib proceeds to TUGG portfolio nonprofit Sitters Without Borders, sat down with us to share a little about who he is and why he's running Boston.

Here, Ethan reflects on the best and worst parts of being a founder, his marathon training pet peeve and why he chose to run for Sitters Without Borders.

#TUGG10: A Look at 2010 with EverTrue

WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUGG AND THE TECH COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER!

A Dedication to Fostering Innovation for Social Good

With Dana Samuels as Executive Director, TUGG took off in 2010. The 5th Annual Wine Party brought together over 350 people from Boston’s tech community and helped to launch three incredible nonprofits that continue their great work today. In addition to the Wine Party, Dana, Jeff and Hemant organized several other events that year and engaged many new tech companies to get involved with TUGG. One of those companies was EverTrue.

Since 2010, EverTrue has been empowering advancement teams with intuitive web and mobile software. Their platform provides fundraisers with highly accurate data accessible in a cloud-based interface—built to help institutions grow their donor pipelines and increase giving participation. 

With EverTrue, fundraisers get the answers they need in seconds. They surface existing institutional data and combine it with insights from third-party sources such as Zillow, LinkedIn, and Facebook, allowing fundraisers to better understand their constituency and discover new prospects in a searchable, collaborative platform. EverTrue is headquartered in Boston, MA and has been involved with TUGG from their founding.

"EverTrue's involvement with TUGG has always been a natural collaboration because of our mutual dedication to fostering innovation for social good," said Brent Grinna, founder and CEO of EverTrue. "From partnering on the first TUGG 'microfederated' event with our Raise The Rim basketball tournament, to many memorable wine and tequila nights, we're thrilled to be a part of the group's history and join TUGG in raising a glass to toast ten great years of inspiring growth in the Boston tech community."   - Brent Grinna, CEO, Evertrue

Interested in sponsoring TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party?
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info!

#TUGG10: A Look at 2009 with DataXu

WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUGG AND THE TECH COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER!

Values: Innovation Through Collaboration

After 3 years of organizing the Wine Party, Jeff and Hemant knew they had something extraordinary to offer Boston’s tech and nonprofit communities. In December of 2009 TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) was officially founded as a 501C3 by Jeff Fagnan, Hemant Taneja, and Dana Samuels. Dana joined as our Executive Director and the 2009 Wine Party served as TUGG’s official launch.

Also in 2009, DataXu was founded on the premise that data science could help make marketing better. Not just more efficient for agencies or more profitable for brands, but also more personalized and more engaging for consumers.

"Since we left the labs at MIT, DataXu has been focused on using science to make marketing better. While it’s great that the Boston area’s world leading universities churn out super smart data scientists, there’s a huge opportunity gap in our region and society. That’s why our values include innovation through collaboration not just for our business, but also for the Boston community. TUGG, Year Up, and our own DataXu Cares monthly service partnerships define who we are and how we connect to the greater good. The DataXu team is already looking forward to #TUGG10, as it’s a fun way to build a community that supports the development of local service providers."  - Mike Baker, CEO, DataXu

#TUGG10: A Look at 2008 with Runkeeper

WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUGG AND THE TECH COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER!

Inherently Centered Around Social Good

After two successful Wine Parties, Jeff and Hemant saw that it was time to take this event to the next level. They met BUILD earlier that year and knew that a program focused on early entrepreneurship for under-resourced youth would engage Boston’s tech community in new ways… and it did! The 2008 Wine Party led to the start of BUILD in Boston.

That same year Runkeeper was founded in Boston and launched their first app in the Apple App store. The company has been a supporter of social good in Boston from the start!

"Runkeeper's mission is one that inherently centers around the social good, in that we're trying to get everyone around the world exposed to the benefits of running. This mission drives everything we do, from hiring to goal setting to day-to-day operations. Building a company culture that cares about charitable giving is in many ways a natural extension of tying everything back to our mission to get the whole world running, particularly because running and charitable giving are often so intrinsically linked."  - Jason Jacobs, Co-Founder & CEO, Runkeeper

Big congrats to Runkeeper on their acquisition!

Interested in sponsoring TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party?
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info!

#TUGG10: A LOOK AT 2007 WITH HUBSPOT

WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUGG AND THE TECH COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER!

A Company that Will Outlast Us

The second post of our #TUGG10 series looks back at 2007, the year that marketing giant, Hubspot raised its first institutional round of funding. Since then the company has IPO'd and solidified its place in Boston tech history, not only because of its success but also because of its commitment to build a company rooted in a sense of community.

"HubSpot's aim from the start was to build a company that would outlast us. We set out to transform how organizations market and sell to match how modern customers shop and buy. In parallel, we wanted to build a company that redefined work to match how people actually want to live and work on a daily basis. Our culture has been a key ingredient in helping our company and customers grow, as has being part of the Boston tech community--we feel lucky to be building a global company headquartered here every day."  - Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founders Hubspot

Interested in sponsoring TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party?
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info!

#TUGG10: A Look at 2006 with Veracode

We're Celebrating 10 Years of TUGG and the Tech Community Coming Together!

Always in Your Corner

In our kick-off #TUGG10 post we are looking back at our very first Wine Party and highlighting long time partner, Veracode. Thank you Veracode for your contributions and leadership to our community!

"When I think about why philanthropy is a core part of Veracode’s company culture, all I have to do is take a look around. Veracode’s employees are an incredibly philanthropic group – giving back is a thread that runs through all of our team. Whether they are participating in Tech Gives Back, shaving heads with hack/reduce for St. Baldrick’s, or coming together to help a colleague’s family in need, when asked to help, Veracode employees always show up and step up. We’ve been a supporter of TUGG for 10 years and are excited to see what the next 10 years bring!" - Bob Brennan, CEO Veracode

Interested in sponsoring TUGG's 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party?
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info!

 

 

#TUGG10 Looks Back at 10 Years in Boston Tech

Save the date TUGGers!

Save the date! We're celebrating TUGG’s 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Join us in support of social innovation at the largest celebration of Boston’s tech community under one roof, on one night.

TUGG is the community engagement platform that connects New England's tech entrepreneurs with socially innovative organizations serving local under-resourced youth. Over the last 10 years, TUGG has grown alongside Boston’s tech community.

To commemorate this special anniversary year of our famed Wine & Tequila Party, we're launching a series called #TUGG10. For the ten weeks leading up to the party we'll be highlighting friends of TUGG and Boston tech companies that were founded in the ten years from 2006 to 2016.

Every Monday, starting on February 1, we’ll feature a post from TUGG’s supporters in the tech community that were founded (or funded) in the years between 2006 and 2016. First up will be Veracode, a friend of TUGG’s for 10 years!

#TUGG10 WEEKLY Trivia CONTESTS

We know TUGGers are a competitive lot, and we are here to whet your appetite (pun intended).

Follow along each week and participate in our weekly twitter contests. Winners will receive a bottle from each of our supporting vineyards (each bottle retails at ~$100) and will be entered into our grand prize drawing at the Wine & Tequila Party.

Starting February 1 we’ll be tweeting out one question at noon every day of the week, Monday through Friday. The first person to guess the correct answer will be entered into a drawing for that week. Each Friday we’ll announce a winner. Questions will be (mostly) centered around Boston tech company history.

All winners from every week will be entered into our grand prize drawing the night of the Wine & Tequila Party. So a note to all you winos, follow @TUGGorg on twitter and set your calendar reminders to noon every day and remember to participate for your chance to win some fancy booze!

Note: To win you must follow @TUGGOrg and use #TUGG10.

Recommend a Nonprofit

What’s a Wine Party without the nonprofits? We’re seeking three new nonprofits to feature at our Wine Party and we need your help to find them! They’ll be in the running to walk away with $50K in grant funding, which you and other attendees will choose at the party.

We’re looking for innovative New England-based organizations operating for less than 5 years, with budgets under $300,000, and a focus on helping under-resourced youth.

Know of a kick-ass non-profit that could benefit from this cash and exposure? Submit your recommendation here.

Share this post with your friends to help spread the love about #TUGG10 and give your peeps a chance to win!

Interested in sponsoring the Wine & Tequila Party?
Email Zoe Anetakis (zoe@accomplice.co) for more info!