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By Joseph Fung

As we celebrate another #GivingTuesday, a worldwide celebration of generosity, it’s worth pausing to reflect on the reasons we give and the impact we hope to achieve. Earlier this year, on top of our existing donation program, we became members of Pledge 1% and donated a portion of our company’s equity to the Upside Foundation in support of charities focused on diversity & inclusion.

Uvaro is an online training company, and exists to help close employment gaps — sometimes those gaps are due to systemic problems. As soon as we acknowledge that we can’t solve these challenging problems alone, it becomes clear that we have to not only focus on our own solutions, but also support others in their solutions. Building a culture of philanthropy becomes clear. That said, with so many organizations out there, why give through Pledge 1%?

While donations are up across the board (thanks to initiatives like #GivingTuesday), the average age of donors is 64 years old and makes 2 gifts a year. As donor populations age and giving moves more towards online and smaller donations, we need to consider ways to build lasting habits of philanthropy. We need to help build a movement.

Through our participation with Pledge 1%, like so many other companies, we have not only embedded social impact into our business, but tied our success to public good.

Pledge 1% helps companies make a public commitment to give their Equity, Time, Product, and Profits. Joining this community of like-minded companies is the best way to build the movement that’s needed, and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made!

Along with our equity donation, we’re also giving our products and our money. Our Community Fund, established with the help of the KW Community Foundation, enables our team to contribute with every paycheck; the resulting endowment will support our community throughout our company’s lifetime and beyond. While our tech sales training program is available to the public with up-front and income-geared payment options, we also offer Uvaro On Demand, a free continuing education offering to help professionals build their sales and business skills.

While we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, there’s always more to do; giving as part of Pledge 1% lets us amplify our impact, helps learn from others, and ensures that these gifts are part of a broader movement towards doing more good, together.

Uvaro is an online tech sales training company that offers  a 12-week training program with live classes, $0 up-front tuition, and agency services to help students land great jobs in tech sales. Uvaro’s work-integrated program builds sales teams that ramp faster and achieve more.