Although we were officially founded in 2012, George likes to think that the idea of GivePulse dates back to his childhood. He has a story about weed (the crabgrass kind), working with people with disabilities, the Virginia Tech Massacre and many more defined him as an individual. His first small nonprofit helped high schools fix random technology problems. Through these experiences he came to identify a formula: 30min + $30 = College Education. Specifically, if he and his friends were able to donate 30 minutes to volunteer and install a $30 router, it would provide wifi access to impoverished neighborhoods with children looking to apply and learn more about college.
This formula set in motion a determination to address digital access, and quickly evolved into a platform to scale volunteerism and service learning.
In 2012, George Luc set out to build a platform. Together with his CTO and co-founder, James McGirr, GivePulse was born, a civic network matching people in our community with causes they care about while enabling easy organization, management and mobilization of volunteers and supporters.
From day one our mission has been to solve tough social problems through the use of technology. Keeping true to that original mission, today our civic engagement platform supports thousands of nonprofits, associations, institutions, businesses and organizations.
What are some of your proudest moments as the owners of GivePulse?
When we have users thank us for the work we do and then pay us to do it full time. That's when we realize we have something special 🙂
How does your organization go about improving your social and environmental impact?
What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as a company?
Working with universities, the city, and local nonprofits have enabled us to collaborate with all the right stakeholders who care about the work we do.
If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or other businesses in the region to be more impactful, what would that thing be?
Create a workplace atmosphere and environment to train and enable employees to be great citizens, parents and individuals for themselves and their community.
What advice would you give to other businesses who are trying to improve their internal practices to benefit their community?
Simon Sinek says it well with his talk on "start with why."
Anything else you would like to tell our community such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?
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