When Accomplice CEO Jeff Fagnan pledged one percent of his company’s carry to the long-term benefit of two Boston-based nonprofits – InnerCity Weightlifting and Resilient Coders, he described the move as a “pledge to pay it forward if you become successful.”
In remarks to the Boston Foundation, Fagnan elaborated that he was impressed with both organizations’ visible impacts on the communities they’ve pledged to serve. “It moved me and broke me down,” Fagnan explained. “And it drove home the point that companies must make tangible commitments to their communities and to organizations that are on the ground working to close the gaps and help people find opportunity.”
Further, Fagnan wrote about joining the Pledge 1% movement, “pledging 1% of our carry to these nonprofits means that we’re thinking of them every day we come into work, with every company we invest in, and with all the time we put in. We know that we’re part of funding the great things they’ll do with it. And we’ll work even harder.”
Fagnan’s exhortation to think about nonprofits we believe in “every day we come into work,” most certainly extends to#GivingTuesday, which kicks off its fifth year at midnight, Tuesday, November 29.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
So follow Fagnan’s lead. Care every day about nonprofits whose work moves you. Give back. And know that Pledge 1% can facilitate your giving this Tuesday and many more moving forward.