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.
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 companies offering advertising , mobile app, or assignment writing help . 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.