TUGG 2019 Mid Year Update

We are officially halfway through 2019 and excited for a strong finish to the year! Here's what's been going on over at TUGG and what you can expect in the next 6 months.

TUGG's 13th Annual Wine & Tequila Party


On May 23rd, TUGG successfully hosted its 13th Annual Wine & Tequila party at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. Reaching capacity in just over an hour, over 1,100 members of the Boston Tech community came through the doors throughout the evening to celebrate social enterprise and innovation. Five nonprofits were invited to share their missions and “pitch” themselves to the crowd.

The five nonprofits invited to this year’s Wine & Tequila party were:

The competition was a lot closer than we’ve seen in recent years, but in the end Resilient Coders walked away with our grand prize: $50,000 in cash AND a $50,000 consulting contract donated by our friends at Engaged Giving Partners!

Great wine and tequila + 5 great nonprofits + an amazing crowd =

an unforgettable night had by all.

TUGG’s Wine & Tequila party would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors. A HUGE thank you to the 50+ Boston tech companies that joined us and helped make our event a success.

TUGG’s Lunch n’ Learn Speaking Series

As 2018 turned into 2019, we took a long look in the mirror and asked ourselves: how can TUGG do a better job of helping our nonprofits connect with the Boston tech community?

The answer: TUGG’s Lunch n’ Learn Speaking Series

In January, partnering with The Boston Foundation, we quietly rolled out a new Lunch n’ Learn pilot program with 4 portfolio nonprofits and 4 Boston tech companies. The idea was simple: have a company agree to buy lunch for their employees and invite them to hear about a different nonprofit each month.

In just a few short months, it has been a complete win-win.

For our nonprofits, they’re able to share their missions with an entire new audience and solicit volunteers, donations, and make invaluable connections. For our participating companies, our program offers workforce development opportunities, employee growth and leadership, and is a solid check of the box for CSR strategy.

Here are some quick numbers on what we’ve already achieved:

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In addition, each participating nonprofit surveyed has reported an influx in volunteering interest and new clients/donors/opportunity specific to their causes.

Are you interested in having your company host TUGG’s Lunch n’ Learn series? Reach out to community@tugg.org today to set up an intro call.

The second half of 2019 will be even better than the first!

We will continue to scale our Lunch n’ Learn Speaking Series and prepare for our next major event of the year, Tech Gives Back, in October. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in the meantime, to talk about how your organization and TUGG could partner up in 2019.