TechiesGiveBack, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation, (“TechiesGIveBack” or “TGB”) helped to mobilize the NY Tech community to help others. Since launching in December 2009, we raised over $100,000 for causes across North America.

We are currently developing new, scalable ideas for the tech community to give back, focusing particularly on online pledging platforms. This has prompted the establishment of RaisedBy.Us, which now continues these activities. We are dedicated to education, tech, and local NY-based charities.

Our History

In 2009 we partnered with Foursquare to create “Check in for Charity.” Over the course of one week in December 2009, every time Foursquare users checked in, 4 cents went to the cause (CampInteractive), thanks to a generous donation by Pepsi.

In June 2010 we co-produced the Webutante Ball, a 750+ person fundraiser supporting City Harvest. We were fortunate to bring in sponsors such as Groupon, Etsy, Microsoft, Dentyne, Brooklyn Brewery, AdTech, LaunchSquad, and more. We raised more than $26,000 for City Harvest.

In February 2011, in partnership with Peter Ha (technology editor of The Daily) and General Assembly, we launched BackSpin 2011 – an Xbox Kinect ping pong tournament in support of Child’s Play. The event raised over $12,000 for the cause and was sponsored by Solvate, AppNexus, Pontiflex, and Microsoft. The 16-team company bracket attracted the likes of Foursquare, Thrillist, Google, AOL Ventures, Yipit, among other top tech companies.

In June 2011 we helped produce the Webutante Ball with Richard Blakeley.  Thanks to Richard and our sponsors, Solvate, we raised over $25,000 through ticket sales. That sum was matched by the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, bringing the total raise to over $52,000.

“One of the hottest tickets [of Internet Week] is the Webutante Ball.” -WSJ

In April 2013, we launched the RaisedBy.Us campaign to allow employees to give a little bit of their paycheck to the causes of their choice through an online pledging platform.

The Board

Simon Kirk, President, CEO & Director

Simon is the President, CEO and a Director of TechiesGiveBack, where he is responsible for all of the organization’s operations. Simon has been a product and operations consultant at a variety of NY internet startups and companies, including the Big Internet Group and RecordSetter.

Daniel Aranda, Secretary, Treasurer & Director

Daniel serves as a valuable Secretary, Treasurer and Director forTechiesGiveBack.


Adam Gillman, Director

Adam is a Director of TechiesGiveBack. Adam’s background is in mobile application development and product design as well as branding strategy. In his spare time he enjoys reading and cooking.