If you want to give back to the community in your job, the obvious choice is to go the nonprofit route. And while there are certainly many fantastic nonprofits to work for, it’s not always an easy line of work, and it’s not for everybody.
That being said, there are plenty of for-profit companies out there that think it’s important to give back, too. Check out a selection of companies below where you’ll get to work on pro-bono projects, volunteer with your co-workers, and generally do good—while you’re doing your job.
While the team at MODco spends most of their creative energies on the advertising and branding needs of their exciting fashion, sports, and media clients (hello, Vera Wang and NBA 2K), the company embraces charity work, too. Recently, it put on a polo tournament and marketing campaign for the House of Ronald McDonald in Argentina, including an inspiring photo shoot with local charity recipients. It was a great way to use the talents of MODco employees to raise funds for children in need—and the company is excited to do more.
When the folks at TripAdvisor aren’t helping travelers get the most out of their vacations with reviews of hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants, and attractions, they’re helping those in need. TripAdvisor employees all engage in community service, such as painting local schools, and the company has its own charitable foundation that will offer grants and match any monetary gifts given to the places employees volunteer. As an added bonus, lunch is provided three times a week—and each week, staff donate what they would’ve spent on food to charities. It’s really a win-win.
If you’re a serious dog lover, why not get a job where you can spend all day working with and for puppies? At DogVacay, you’ll spend your days making finding great pet sitters simpler than ever. But you won’t just be helping pets (and their owners) rest easy knowing that they’re in good hands: The entire team also volunteers at NKLA’s Pet Adoption Center. DogVacay loves giving back to a great cause—plus the puppy playtime at NKLA peps everyone up.
For over 70 years, Schleich has been championing the power of toys to make someone’s day a little brighter. The company sells a broad range of products with everything from dinosaurs to Smurfs to Peanuts to DC Comics, but also wants to make sure those who are less fortunate get in on the fun. That's why, every year around Christmas time, Schleich participates in the USO Welcome Troops Home program where it donates over 2,000 toy bags to American soldiers, veterans, and their families. Schleich also supports its local Levine’s Children’s Hospital and has adopted the local Blythe Elementary School.
One of Prezi’s company values is “we make the world better.” On a whole, the company believes that better communication will lead to a brighter future, and therefore spends its time making sure its cutting-edge presentation and storytelling program is available to anyone, so everyone’s ideas can have an impact. But, the company also realizes there’s more to life (and more ways to help out) than just making great software. That’s why Prezi is also involved with Habitat for Humanity, giving employees great opportunities to bond as they build new homes for those in need.
The Bridgespan Group is all about giving back. Collaborating with some of the most important funders and nonprofit organizations in the sector, The Bridgespan Group offers services that range from strategy consulting to executive search, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing insights, all with the goal of helping them change the world, better. Bridgespan’s work touches communities nationwide, but employees also help charities located close to home. Each year, the Boston office holds a charitable auction to support a local nonprofit organization nominated by an employee. Team members donate or volunteer their services and make an evening of the bidding event.
Nitro is changing the way the world works with documents. From the desktop to the cloud, Nitro makes it easy to create, edit, share, sign, and collaborate—anytime and anywhere. While you might not think a PDF software company has much to do with giving back, the company sees volunteering as important for employee engagement, and the new “Nitro Gives” initiative has the team doing beach cleanup together—with many more volunteer opportunities to come.
8. Praytell Strategy
Praytell Strategy is an integrated communications agency, blending social media and digital strategy with traditional PR. With the team’s extensive experience in media, design, and tech, Praytell is dedicated to doing things differently—and is proud to have an incredibly diverse portfolio and to represent clients dedicated to making the world a better place. Past collaborative initiatives have included projects with the NYC Food Bank and MAC AIDS Fund as well as community-based initiatives with OfficeMax to help local teachers get supplies for their classrooms.
Committed to creating more meaningful workplace connections, LivePerson is a global leader in digital engagement. It enables its clients to deliver superior customer experiences through a variety of interaction solutions, including chat, voice, targeted content, and video. But the company cares more about just customer service—it cares about community service, too. Karlene Gordon, LivePerson’s payroll specialist, explains, “One of the reasons I considered LivePerson as an employer is because they host so many ‘Helping Others’ events. I like to give back, and I like to work with people who understand that that’s important.”
Indiegogo’s main mission is to help people fund what matters to them. The international crowdfunding platform allows people to raise money for an idea, startup, or even charity. But besides providing the platform to collect capital from interested individuals, Indigogo makes sure employees are able to support causes they care about as well. Each month, employees are given a certain about of “Go-Go Bucks” to spend on the campaign of their choice, allowing them to support the missions of the same people they serve.
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