#GivingTuesday: Impact in the Digital Age

We don’t just give because it’s the right thing to do. Acts of kindness actually make us happier -- and #GivingTuesday is a great opportunity to support causes you care about. The annual day of philanthropy began in 2012 as a counterweight to consumer culture’s annual kickoff, Black Friday.

In the past five years, over 40,000 organizations from 71 nations have joined the movement and created some of the most successful digital donor drives in history. From encouraging thousands to register as organ donors, to raising funds to donate bicycles to school children in Africa, #GivingTuesday has proven a monumental success.

This year, #GivingTuesday takes place on November 28, and we encourage anyone and everyone to donate. For some that may mean money, for others, time. No matter how you choose to contribute, each and every gesture triggers actual change in the lives of many people around the world.

At DocuSign, we recently held our annual Global Impact Day -- during which our employees take a half day from work to volunteer and give back to their communities. While it’s our largest philanthropic event of the year, we believe it’s important to support nonprofits year-round, particularly on #GivingTuesday. Whether you choose to support some of the organizations below, or want to choose from the multitude available on GivingTuesday.org, we’re excited to see the thousands of acts of kindness that will change multiple lives for the better this year.

While we support many nonprofits through our DocuSign IMPACT foundation, we’d like to highlight three organizations today:

Team Rubicon

Founded by  U.S. Marines William McNulty and Jacob "Jake" Wood, Team Rubicon “unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.” Over the years, we have worked closely with Team Rubicon to help empower their mission. Our Momentum 2016 Hackathon was centered around Team Rubicon, during which developers successfully created an app that helps manage volunteer lists and provide waiver forms. If you’re interested in supporting Team Rubicon,click here.

Special Olympics

We’re proud to help support the Special Olympics through our technology and our people. Since 2015, the Special Olympics has minimized the hassle of paperwork by leveraging the DocuSign technology at a special nonprofit rate, and thus, have been able to devote more time and resources to their mission. A group of DocuSign volunteers also had the opportunity to assist with the Special Olympics opening ceremonies last September. You can read about their experience here. Want to help support the Special Olympics? Click here.

Techbridge Girls

Last spring we had the privilege of hosting a group of Techbridge Girls at our annual Sales Kickoff and at our Momentum customer conference. Founded in 2000, the organization works to “expand the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering.” As a technology company this cause is especially relevant to us. During our customer conference in May, we held our annual hackathon to help assist Techbridge Girls. Over 24 hours, developers from around the world helped to create a custom app to assist the organization in managing paperwork, and ultimately, devote more time to their mission. To learn more about Techbridge Girls, click here.

Employee-Driven Philanthropy

While we strongly support the three organizations above, we also make it our mission to place the reigns in the hands of our employees and empower them to support any and all nonprofits of their choosing. We are pleased to announce that the DocuSign IMPACT foundation has provided all Day of IMPACT leaders with a monetary donation to send to a nonprofit important to them.

We spoke with a few Global IMPACT Day leaders about the organizations they have chosen to donate to, and why:

“Thanks to the IMPACT Foundation’s generosity, I am excited to donate those funds to Camp Korey, a nonprofit member of the Serious Fun Network.  Camp Korey empowers children and families living with serious medical conditions.  My daughter Paige is the Volunteer Coordinator at Camp Korey and has unconditionally given her heart and soul in support of the camp’s mission for more than 10 years.

-David Mackintosh, Account Executive  

“It matters to me that DocuSign supports all employees in supporting and strengthening our communities.  I’ll be donating to Citizen’s Advocacy of Ottawa-Carleton, and directing my donation to the Fetal Alcohol Resource Program.  Citizen’s Advocacy helps people of all ages living with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities, as well as their families in living a good life.  Through education and community leadership, the Fetal Alcohol Resource Program brings together resources, skills and knowledge in order to provide community navigation for individuals living with permanent brain injury resulting from FASD.

-Tracy Moisan, Director of Services Communication

“I will be donating to The Murphee & Sugar Angel Foundation, an organization I co-founded in memory of my cat Sugar, who had mammary cancer. Along with my co-founder Kate, whose cat Murphee had lymphoma, we provide grants to help people with the financial burden of having critically ill pets.

Kate and I established the foundation because having been there, we are keenly aware of the high cost of specialty veterinary care. We want to help others give their pets a chance, and are grateful that we were able to do so for Murphee and Sugar.

Since 2014, we have helped over 100 pets and owners with treatment for various illnesses such as asthma, cancer, cataracts, Cushings disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and surgery, and in some cases, when treatment is no longer an option, we have assisted with the cost of euthanization.

-Jeanette Cereske, Senior Instructional Designer

Looking to make your own impact this #GivingTuesday? Click here to find nonprofits, charities, and events in your community.

You can also learn more about DocuSign IMPACT here.