September 13, 2016, By Amy Lesnick, Chief Executive, Pledge 1%

In December 2014, we launched Pledge 1% in order to start a philanthropic movement, encouraging companies around the world to use their resources to give back to their communities.

Today, we are excited to announce an exciting milestone—1,000 companies in 30 countries have joined Pledge 1%, committing to pledge 1% of equity, product, profit or time to make a difference in their communities. These companies range from innovative consumer startups like Harry’s to some of this year’s biggest tech IPOs like Twilio. Others include Salesforce, Atlassian, Box, Docusign, Yelp, Techstars, Foundry Group, Bluewolf, General Assembly, MediaMath, and many more.

Over the last twenty months working with entrepreneurs and founders to build philanthropy into their business models, we’ve confirmed what we’ve always believed about early-stage philanthropy: that any company, of any size, in any industry can use their companies as a platform to make the world a better place.

On this special day, we’re also thrilled to announce the launch of #PledgeitForward, a campaign to engage Pledge 1% members, partners and supporters in taking this movement to the next level.

Together we can change the status quo. We can create a new normal where ALL founders, regardless of company size or stage, feel empowered to integrate giving back into their company DNA.

#PledgeitForward is a call to action for YOU—the Pledge 1% community—to reach out to your peers and ecosystem of suppliers, partners, customers, contractors and employees and invite them to join you. Our goal is to reach 1250 pledges (that’s 25% growth) by Giving Tuesday, November 29th.

With help from an amazing team of Pledge 1% Ambassadors and support from our members we hope to increase our impact and raise general awareness for Pledge 1% worldwide.

To learn more about the campaign, see what other companies are doing, or download free new tools, digital badges, and materials to #PledgeitForward, visit the campaign headquarters site

Help us celebrate this 1000 pledge milestone. Share this with your network. Join Pledge 1%. Ask yourself how YOU can #PledgeitForward today.