It’s Giving Tuesday! To celebrate this worldwide initiative, we’re sharing how SeekOut employees live the spirit of Giving Tuesday year round with our employee-led Charitable Giving program.
Giving Tuesday was created to support communities through efforts such as charitable donations or volunteering on the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday. SeekOut’s monthly program similarly reminds us that generosity toward others is something to live by—not just on a single day. We hope this blog post inspires you to take action today—and maybe year round, too!
What is SeekOut’s Charitable Giving Program?
SeekOut's Charitable Giving Program was started in December 2021 and is fully driven by SeekOut employees. Through $25 company-sponsored donations per employee per month, every team member can positively impact nonprofit organizations that build up local communities or directly champion marginalized communities through DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging) initiatives. To date, SeekOut has donated just over $82,000 to nearly 40 local and national organizations.
To date, SeekOut’s Charitable Giving Program has donated over $82,000 to non-profit organizations nationwide.
How the program works
Every month, two employees sign up to spotlight a non-profit organization that is meaningful to them during a company-wide meeting. Each person shares important information about the organization and explains its impact on the community—and often, on a personal level. Employees can present any non-profit, and we encourage championing organizations that support marginalized communities when possible.
At the end of the presentations, we run a poll in our all-company Slack channel where employees can vote for which non-profit they'd like to allocate their $25 donation to. Employees also have the option to split their donation between the two. At the end, a check is sent to both organizations.
Why DEIB is the focus of the program
At the start of the year, we build out a calendar with DEIB themes, such as Women’s History Month and Neurodiversity Celebration Month. Supporting DEIB initiatives is at the heart of SeekOut’s culture and a component of our product mission. We’re grateful to play a role in how customers build diverse workforces that reflect greater levels of underrepresented people, groups, and other diverse categories. Because of our commitment to these values, we encourage employees to choose organizations that align with these themes. However, we don’t want to exclude helping other important causes, so employees are free to choose any non-profit that is meaningful to them.
Why it’s an employee-led program
The program is employee-run for an important reason: We believe that every employee at SeekOut brings a unique, valuable point of view to our team. Whether it’s through their professional expertise or life experiences, anyone can create a force for good here at SeekOut and in the larger world.
Often, employees choose to present organizations that are deeply personal to them, whether they or someone dear to them has been directly affected by the cause of the organization. As a team, we’re inspired by their vulnerability, strength, and commitment to serving others.
Where SeekOut’s Charitable Giving program dollars have been donated
Below is a list of the non-profits that our employees have donated to since 2021. Each links to the organization’s home page if you’d like to learn more about them and how to get involved.
Next for Autism: Supports and advocates for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
Hands on Atlanta: Connects volunteers with service opportunities to address community needs in the Atlanta area.
National Compassion Fund: Provides financial assistance and support to victims of mass casualty crimes and disasters.
NAACP: Works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights for the Black community and all people of color and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Jack and Jill of America: Dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, and civic duty.
Nova Ukraine: Supports humanitarian and educational initiatives to benefit Ukraine and its people.
Equality Now: Advocates for the rights of women and girls around the world to live free from violence, discrimination, and inequality.
San Bernardino Animal Shelter: Provides shelter, care, and adoption services for animals in the San Bernardino area.
Center for Workplace Mental Health: Promotes mental health awareness and support in the workplace to create a healthier work environment.
Women's Empowerment Institute: Empowers women through education, advocacy, and community engagement to achieve social and economic equality.
National Urban League: Works to provide economic empowerment, equality, and social justice to African Americans and other historically underserved groups.
Transgender Law Center: Advocates for policy reform to ensure that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of gender identity.
Open Arms Perinatal Services: Supports healthy pregnancies, births, and early parenting through doula-assisted, culturally competent care.
Health & Help: Provides medical and humanitarian aid to communities in need, with a focus on healthcare and education.
Generation Hope: Supports teen parents in completing their education and breaking the cycle of poverty for their families.
Pets for Patriots: Helps United States military veterans adopt a new pet friend while giving the most overlooked shelter dogs and cats loving homes.
Ukraine Orphan Fund: Creates a safe environment for over 150 orphaned and displaced Ukrainian children. Funds are needed for furnishing, medical care, food, and more.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation: Preserves and enhances the cultural, economic, and social well-being of Seattle's Indigenous community.
Movember: Raises awareness and funds for men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.
Little People of America: Provides support and information to people of short stature and their families.
Equal Justice Initiative: Fights for racial and economic justice, challenging unjust systems and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities.
St. Baldrick’s Children’s Cancer Research: Raises funds for childhood cancer research through head-shaving events.
Praline’s Backyard Foundation: Supports underprivileged youth through mentorship, education, and community programs.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association: Raises awareness and supports individuals affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition.
Gender Justice League: Advocates for the rights and well-being of transgender and gender-diverse individuals.
Rubikus: Helps Ukrainian refugees make it safely into Europe.
Angels of Las Vegas: Offers assistance and support to individuals and families facing crises in the Las Vegas area.
Community Loaves: Empowers individuals in need by providing job training and employment opportunities.
PFLAG: Offers support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, and allies.
Friends of Trees: Plants and cares for city trees to strengthen communities and improve the urban environment.
Food Lifeline: Distributes food to local food banks, shelters, and meal programs to end hunger in Western Washington.
MNHTTN FC: Supports youth development through soccer programs, fostering teamwork and leadership skills.
The Human Society for Tacoma & Pierce County: Works to promote the humane care and treatment of animals in the Tacoma area.
Maui Wildfire Relief: Assists with wildfire prevention, preparedness, and recovery efforts on the island of Maui.
Green Okanogan: Focuses on environmental conservation and sustainable practices in Okanogan County.
CASA: Advocates for the best interests of children in the foster care system through volunteer representation.
Children of Fallen Patriots: Provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
Nightscout Foundation: Supports and advocates for individuals using continuous glucose monitors for diabetes management.
Happy Giving Tuesday from Seekout!
We hope you're encouraged to participate in Giving Tuesday, no matter how big or small. If you donate to one of the organizations listed above or give back to one of your own, tag us on LinkedIn! We’d love to hear from you and celebrate with you.
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