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What is Pledge 1%

Pledge 1% is a global movement to create a new normal in which giving back is integrated into the DNA of companies of all sizes. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and companies to Pledge 1% of equity, profit, product, and/or employee time for their communities.

Why Showoff have joined Pledge 1%

Pledge 1% gives us the structure and toolkit to give back. We divide our efforts in two ways. Project work or non-profits as well as individuals giving time back.

Showoff is a collection of developers, technologists, engineers and entrepreneurs who love to build awesome technology products. Technology has the power to transform industries and has made a lasting impact on our societies and communities. Showoff passionately believes in the transformative capability of technology and believe in the principles that technology should be used to support all in society equally.

As a Salesforce partner company that is very active in the huge salesforce ecosystem, we first came across the amazing Pledge 1% in 2017. Immediately we knew this organisation provided a suite of tools to support us in putting structure to our philanthropic endeavours.

Since then we have become a fully fledged member. It is motivational to see the efforts other companies are making in this ecosystem. On-boarding as a member is straight forward and not time-consuming.

As a member, we have taken on some philanthropic technology products however this is very much subject to business and commercial considerations.

In 2018 our CEO Shane Byrne agreed to complete the Irish Kidney Association’s project as part of our 1% commitment. This resulted in the launch of digital donor cards in September 2018.

In addition to ad hoc projects, Showoff support staff in giving time back to charity and causes that motivate them. A number of our team are very active in their communities and have the full support of the company in their endeavours to give back to non-profits such as the amazing Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Aiséirí . This is really simple support and it has a great impact on both staff and the organisations that they support.

At Dreamforce 2018 the Showoff commercial team met the Pledge 1% team in the partner lodge and had the huge pleasure of sitting down to discuss Pledge 1% with their amazing CEO and president Amy Lesnick. This interview is available on the Limor App. It was great to share insights with Amy and learn more about how Pledge 1% is supporting companies.

Showoff has just started their journey with Pledge 1% and our plan is to strengthen our commitment in the years ahead with numerous initiatives.

As Showoff scales globally we have made a commitment as a team to make giving back one of our principles.

For information on how Pledge 1% can help your company give back check out https://pledge1percent.org/

For information on how Showoff are building innovative technology solutions check out www.showoff.ie