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For one day in October, over 1,500 Boston techies get out of the office and into the community to give back to local nonprofits. Teams both small and large as well as individuals donate their time across over 50 volunteer sites, giving over 9,000 hours of volunteer service in one day.  

Preceding our day of service, TUGGers celebrate the community at an epic Pep Rally Style Pre-Party at Brooklyn Boulders. The party includes great food, drink, music and an opportunity to meet your volunteer teams and connect with a variety of benefitting nonprofit organizations and collect supplies ahead of the day of service.


Wednesday, October 18 @ 6pm - 9:30pm

PRE-PARTY, hosted by Brooklyn Boulders: Everyone comes together for a community pre-party to celebrate ahead of the big day! This is your chance to get to know the group you'll be volunteering with, get to know the nonprofit you'll be working with, gather your supplies, decorate your T-shirt and bond over some beers and free food! Note: the pre-party is 21+ and is free for all participating volunteers.

Discounted rides to and from the pre-party thanks to Uber, the Exclusive Transportation Partner of Tech Gives Back 2017. 


Thursday, October 19 @ 9am - 5pm (times vary)

DAY OF SERVICE: Registered participants volunteer at nonprofit project sites throughout the Boston area making an immense impact in just one day!


We work with our partner Building Impact to curate dozens of impactful projects serving nonprofits throughout the Boston area, reworking to address many important social causes, including:

Below is a sampling of the type of volunteer roles available:

  • Education and youth outreach
  • Environmental clean-ups
  • Hunger and health
  • Workforce development
  • Housing

Our projects for Tech Gives Back will be serving local communities in Greater Boston including the elderly, youth in poverty, homeless families, and young people emerging from the criminal justice system. Our goal for the day is not only to volunteer, but to create community through the outreach of our peers in tech. Have questions? Email

Guppy Tank Pilot with Boston Public Schools

This year TUGG is piloting a new program in partnership with Boston Public Schools where we will bring 6th graders into 10 select tech companies for an experiential learning activity. Originally ideated, developed, and tested by Salsify this model allows for a unique STEM learning experience for the students and meaningful employee engagement for your team. TUGG is excited to scale Guppy Tank to 10 new companies as a part of Tech Gives Back 2017.
These participating companies are leading by example: BuildiumHubspot, InsightSquared, MendixRapid7, Salsify, Threat Stack, ToastWayfair, WeWork.
TUGG's Tech Gives Back Guppy Tank Pilot is brought to you by Silicon Valley Bank and The Boston Foundation and powered by Building Impact.

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Why sponsor? At TUGG, we take a fresh perspective on event sponsorship.

By sponsoring TUGG's Tech Gives Back you are establishing your company as a leader in the tech and civic community. 

All TUGG sponsors donate what they can, whether it's $1,000 or $15,000, based on the stage and growth of their company. All event sponsorship funds go towards TUGG grants to our portfolio of nonprofits.

It's no secret that cash is tight in the start-up community, but TUGG sponsors have their priorities straight. They believe in giving back to their community, the same community that allows them to prosper and that makes Boston a great place to work and live.

All sponsors receive:

  • Marketing exposure in all event materials and via social media...are you stepping up to be a leader in our community? We want to shout your name from the rooftops!
  • T-shirts for their team
  • Preference for the nonprofit project site of your choice for volunteer groups of 50+, based on project availability

Interested in sponsoring Tech Gives Back? Contact Elizabeth at