15 Companies With Missions That Will Inspire You Every Day at Work
There are lots of things to consider when looking for a job that will make you happy. Is this work that will let you use your strengths and tap into your passions? Are there opportunities for learning and growth? Is the pay good?
But one not to forget as you’re on the hunt for your perfect job is whether the work will be meaningful to you. Will the mission of the company inspire you to get out of bed every day and make you feel like you’re making your mark on the world?
If you want the answer to that question to be “absolutely yes!” then make sure to browse these 15 organizations for your next job. Each is driven by an incredible mission, ranging from companies looking to help people in need to those at the cutting edge of innovating technologies. No matter which one you end up at, you’ll be changing the world in your own way.
The New York Foundling believes everyone can be a superhero—and this team of superheroes empowers children and families in need, providing them with healthy environments and the foundations for success.
The organization has been doing good for almost 150 years, and today it serves over 7,000 at-risk and vulnerable children, youth, families, and adults by providing reliable preventive and intervention resources—from foster homes to life skills to recreational and educational programs. Despite its historical roots, the company remains committed to anticipating the problems of tomorrow and coming up with new solutions to solve them. Newer initiatives include offering mental health services in New York homeless shelters and mental health and drug treatment for adolescents at Rikers Island.
“We get to leave work every day knowing that we’re part of something big and something really good,” shares Kathleen Biemer, Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving.
2. City of Hope
City of Hope’s mission is “to transform the future of health care by turning science into a practical benefit, hope into reality.”
City of Hope achieves this mission by providing outstanding care for patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other serious illnesses—and then simultaneously conducting innovative research and offering vital education programs focused on eliminating these diseases. The team here is committed to improving—and ultimately saving—lives.
“City of Hope is a community of people who believe in making a difference. We believe in delivering quality patient care, coming together to find cure for cancer, and leaving a strong footprint within the medical world,” shares Sharee Davis, Organization Development Training and Data Analyst. “We’re on the cutting-edge of innovation—and the possibilities of helping patients are amazing.”
Galileo’s ultimate mission is to create a world of fearless innovators.
In order to achieve this, the company starts young, offering unique summer camps to kids in pre-K through 8th grade that are “crazy fun and profoundly enriching at the same time.” Everything that happens at its camps is informed by the Galileo Innovation Approach—the GIA. Inspired by the innovation process developed at Stanford’s d.school, the GIA is a distillation of everything kids need to learn to envision and create a better world—the mindset, the knowledge, and the process. Galileo is thrilled to play a part in such a groundbreaking new learning model.
As the company shares on its website: “In pre-K, campers may build a crude xylophone or design a lion mask. By 8th grade, they may program their own video game, design their own fashion line, or breathe life into some creation entirely of their own invention. The products are cool. But the by-products—supreme confidence and a boldness of vision worthy of our camp’s patron saint—are what will eventually rock our world.”
Daon wants to give people peace of mind every day when it comes to their identities.
The founders were originally looking for a way to provide secure, convenient, and flexible identity management so that people could trust that their information online was safe and protected. Now, they’re aiming to be “the world’s leading human authentication platform, enabling people across any channel to easily assert and protect their identity”—through the amazing world of biometrics.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, instead of a pesky (and easily hackable) username and password, Daon’s IdentityX Platform allows you to use your face, your voice, your fingerprint, and beyond to prove you are who you say you are. Want to join a growing team that prides itself on innovation and being a global leader in identity management?
Payscape’s mission to “empower small business owners with world-class financial technology, while preserving a unique culture of intrapreneurship” is especially cool because it takes its employees into account as well as its customers.
Thanks to this multifaceted mission, the company has built a team of inspired entrepreneurs disrupting the commoditized payment landscape with cutting-edge products, best-in-class customer service, and a lifelong devotion to helping businesses increase cash flow. And because company culture is at the forefront of its mission, the company strives to create work environments that support collaboration and rewarding experiences in all of its 14 locations.
“I love the people, free flow of ideas, having the ability to affect change and, of course, bringing my pup to work,” shares Jasmeen Sewak, Director of Employee Experience.
Dropbox’s mission is, well, simple: to simplify the way people work together.
The company does this by creating tools that allow everyone to be connected and ideas to flow more freely—ultimately leading to the creation of more amazing things. Over 500 million people around the world use Dropbox to work the way they want, on any device, wherever they go, and along the way the company has gotten to hear some pretty inspiring stories of its mission in action.
For example, Dropbox has helped one California university boost productivity—and cut paper usage by 30%. The company’s products helped the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals streamline its fundraising efforts. Drobox was even able to help a user whose apartment building burned down; even though she lost her computer, all of her files were safe on Dropbox, giving her one less thing to stress about in a stressful situation.
7. YES Prep
YES Prep is a system of high-performing public charter schools working hard every day to redefine what is possible for students from low-income communities.
At its 15 campuses, YES Prep is already helping over 10,000 students in underserved communities by providing them with high-quality college-preparatory education, enrichment opportunities, and extracurricular activities that educate the entire child. YES Prep students are shattering the status quo with state assessment scores, Advanced Placement passing rates, and college graduation numbers far higher than the national averages.
“My colleagues are uncompromising in their fight for every child to receive a quality education. Every single day I have an opportunity to change a student’s life—and it is an honor to work here,” shares Brie Olootu, a 7th Grade English Language Arts Instructor.
The Bridgespan Group is on a mission “to build a better world by strengthening the ability of mission-driven organizations and philanthropists to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society’s most important challenges and opportunities.”
In other words, the team at Bridgespan is helping organizations that do good work—like expanding pathways of opportunity for disadvantaged populations, pursuing environmental sustainability, and civic engagement—do even more good work. “We work to enable leaders and other organizations in the social sector to better achieve their missions, become better at their jobs, and to better serve more of their constituents,” shares Colin Murphy, Senior Associate Consultant. The team does this through services including strategy consulting, executive search, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and more.
LegalZoom wants to place the law within anyone’s reach.
Since its launch in 2001, LegalZoom has helped over three million families and small businesses manage their legal needs, from estate plan documents to business formation and trademark registration. “LegalZoom is taking the lead in democratizing the law,” shares Jazmine Faniel, Associate Product Manager. “We want to provide consumers with a less intimidating process so their legal needs can be addressed in an easily accessible, convenient, affordable, and attainable way.”
“I love that we’re able to help people realize their dreams,” adds Bianca Sanchez, Sales Specialist. “It’s such a great feeling when you hear a customer say, ‘Thank you so much for helping me.’”
Education Pioneers is “on a mission to improve K-12 education for all students, especially low-income students and students of color.”
The company “believes extraordinary change requires extraordinary people,” so it recruits, develops, and connects talented professionals from diverse backgrounds—including graduate students—to work for K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations, helping them find a position in education that utilizes their skills. Pioneers work on issues related to student data analysis, external relations, operations, human resources, strategy, and more. They solve problems from outside of the classroom—so students and teachers can succeed inside of the classroom.
“Education Pioneers is the bridge in the gap between wanting to work in education but not knowing how, and actually going and doing it,” shares Will Kennedy, an alumnus of The Education Pioneers Fellowship, which brings together professionals from diverse backgrounds with talent, drive, and a passion to transform education and gives them access to high-impact roles within education organizations.
Shopify’s mission is to make commerce better for everyone—from merchants to consumers.
The company started out of the founder and CEO’s own needs—he wanted to start an online store to sell snowboards, but was frustrated by expensive, non-customizable existing ecommerce software providers. So Tobi Lütke decided to build his own.
Now, Shopify allows over 243,000 merchants to sell wherever they like, not only with online stores, but with buy buttons on any site and social media platform. The company is excited to have democratized commerce—allowing anybody to be an entrepreneur, create their own online store, and sell anything—and looks to be at the forefront of major changes within the commerce industry.
Insight Consulting Group wants to help companies move from insights to action—and ultimately to major results.
The company was started when one of the founders, who had a clinical psychology background, realized that companies weren’t taking the psychology and emotions of their consumers into account when strategizing, instead assuming that everybody thinks rationally. This inspired him to start a boutique management consulting firm that brings experts in the social sciences, statistics, management, and marketing together to uncover unique human truths and insights for companies, then translate those insights into meaningful business innovations and practices.
“We’re working on research projects that deliver real value and truly impact our client’s businesses—that’s really gratifying,” shares Namita Bafana, Account Director.
Everything the team at EF Education First does is centered around the company’s mission: opening the world through education.
Since it was founded 50 years ago, EF’s language learning, educational travel, and cultural exchange programs have helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. And EF’s mission translates to its employees, too—whether they want to transfer to EF’s offices abroad, propose new products, or create their own positions, EF is dedicated to growing its team members into the professionals they want to be.
“Part of what I love is how EF gets you to the next big thing. It doesn’t matter where you are—if you’re good, EF makes you great and takes you to places that were not on your ‘list’ before,” shares one EF employee.
Counsyl is a health technology company striving to make DNA screening truly accessible to everyone. The company’s philosophy is to focus on diseases where advanced knowledge makes a difference in health outcomes.
Using the most sophisticated technologies available, Counsyl empowers men and women to make smart decisions about their health, their family, and their futures by providing them with critical information about their DNA. To date, Counsyl has performed a DNA screening for over 500,000 patients.
“I love that the things that we’re doing here actually have an impact and they help people,” says engineer Corey Schaninger.
Canvas came about because its founders found that a majority of businesses still use paper as the predominant means of collecting vital information. Canvas’ mission? To completely disrupt these typical yet inefficient processes.
The company does this through a cloud-based software service that enables businesses to replace expensive and inefficient paper forms with customizable mobile apps. Canvas enables users to use their mobile devices to collect, share, and integrate information with existing backend systems. The company strives to show organizations that by more dynamically collecting and sharing information remotely through a workforce, they can change how we all connect. Not just employees with companies—but everyone.
“Speaking to our customers makes me realize how revolutionary the Canvas product is,” says Kalliopi Vlastos, Senior Mobile App Consultant.
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