USEED Gives People the Support (and Time Off) They Need to Succeed
USEED is revolutionizing the way that higher education institutions raise money and engage with donors. A crowdfunding platform, it’s a creative means for student leaders and faculty members to fund the projects that matter to them most. By taking a modern-day approach to passion-fueled fundraising initiatives, the platform both improves donor engagement and empowers students to take charge of their learning experience.
You can tell that the company really sticks to these values internally, too. When it comes to being a part of such an impactful community, trust and support mean everything to USEED and the people who make it what it is. The executive team is focused on building a transparent organization and wants its team members to know that their voices are heard. Whereas some companies prefer to keep the power at the top of the hierarchy, leadership at USEED constantly look to their teams to make shared decisions and learn from one another.
“We didn’t always know what was going to happen and weren’t always sure what the right answer was going to be or the challenges we were going to face—but we believed in each other,” says CEO Brian Sowards. “We believe that if we support each other in growing as people, then our organization will also always grow and evolve.”
And while a lot of other companies talk about flexibility, leaders at USEED walk the walk. For them, scheduling time for work is as important as making time for play. Employees are able to set their own hours and are given unlimited paid vacation days. The company really makes an effort to emphasize taking time to recharge, because that increases staff productivity overall.
“We really celebrate taking vacation and time for yourself,” says Director of Content Development Kristen Gluch. “We believe that health revolves around getting enough sleep, feeling energized, and getting the breaks you need to operate at your best.”
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Caroline Liu is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and computer programmer studying at Wesleyan University. She is pursuing majors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science in order to bridge her passions for tech, design, and social justice. Learn more about Caroline on her website or follow her on Twitter.More from this Author