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Lars Albright (SessionM), Pamela Aldsworth (Silicon Valley Bank), Scott Bailey (MassChallenge), Wayne Change (Twitter), Sarah Downey (Accomplice), Walt Doyle (Mident), Jordan Fleigel (CoachUp), Chase Garbarino (Venture App), Heather Mason (InsightSquared), Art Papas (Bullhorn), Jules Pieri (The Grommet), Charley Polachi (Polachi), Katie Rae (TechStars), Nick Rellas (Drizly), Scott Savitz (Data Point Capital), Joshua Summers (clypd), Kevin Walker (Valore)  

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For one day in September, over 1,500 of Boston tech scene’s best and brightest 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 7,500 hours of volunteer service in one day.  

Following our day of service, TUGGers celebrate the community at an epic afterparty at #2 Center Plaza in Government Center, the future home of Localytics, who have graciously allowed us to use their space before it is built out for their team. The party includes great food, drink, live music from Music & Youth, and support for six innovative TUGG portfolio nonprofits serving under resourced local youthCrowdsourced philanthropy is the heart of TUGG. Based on the community's votes, at the afterparty we will grant over $100k in funding.


Day of Service (9am-3pm): Participants are matched with nonprofit project sites throughout the Boston area.  Lunch is provided.

Party (3:30pm-7:30pm): Everyone comes together for the community "block party" of the year!  This year's event will be at #2 Center Plaza in Government Center, in the space soon to be Localytics' new home.  Once again we have over 35,000 square feet of raw space to make our own! True to TUGG's open-source philanthropy model, you will meet 6 of our nonprofits competing for grants, and we award funding based on the community’s votes.  


We curated nearly 100 impactful projects serving nonprofits throughout the Boston area, ranging from manual labor, to remodeling and organizational help, to skill based projects.  

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

  • Give mock job interviews and other help for veterans seeking employment
  • Paint and assemble furniture for homeless people's living spaces
  • Organize after-school program spaces
  • Remodeling projects for a local YMCA
  • Do painting and landscaping for emergency shelters
  • Work at an urban farm that donates its produce to Boston's homeless population

You can sign your company up as a team or participate as an individual volunteer.  

Have questions? Email zoe@accomplice.co.


At the afterparty, 6 nonprofits will compete for grant funding in two categories: new organizations and returning organizations.  We will award $140k in funding in total, $50k to the winners in each category and $10k to the runners up.

The New Organizations

New this year, TUGGers got out the vote and chose three new organizations to join the TUGG portfolio and compete at Tech Gives Back. 

The Returning Organizations


Tech Gives Back sponsors get the best of all worlds.  

Sponsorship packages start at $2,500 and all sponsors receive:

  • Preference for the nonprofit project site of your choice, based on project availability
  • Tickets to the afterparty for your team
  • Marketing exposure in all event materials and via social media

Sponsorship funds contribute directly to the grants that are written to 6 deserving nonprofits at the event.  Interested in sponsoring Tech Gives Back’s after party? Contact Zoe Anetakis at zoe@accomplice.co.

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