CALGARY, AB – November 9, 2017 – Benevity, Inc., the global leader in workplace giving, volunteering and community investment software, has moved its Calgary headquarters into a larger space for the fifth time in nine years. The move signifies increasing strength in Calgary’s burgeoning technology industry during a time of economic uncertainty and high vacancy in Calgary’s resource business-driven downtown core.
“I envision Benevity as the nucleus of something very exciting as we start to move our economy forward,” says Mayor Nenshi. “And we’re going to see much, much more of that. But an organization like this is not just a story I get to tell. It’s a place that really deliberately thinks about its own role in building the ecosystem in our community and building out the community. And that’s what makes this place so incredibly exciting for me and why I keep telling this story.”
Benevity was founded in 2008 by recovering lawyer, Bryan de Lottinville, and a handful of passionate tech innovators who dreamed of constructively disrupting a largely traditional corporate giving experience in ways that would help companies deliver more social impact while engaging their employees through pro-social behavior.
“It is heartening to see this kind of progress, for our people, our corporate clients and the pro-social landscape we seek to shift,” said Bryan de Lottinville, founder and CEO of Benevity. “More HR professionals and other executives are recognizing a new opportunity to leverage their employee giving, matching, volunteering and corporate grant-making programs – what we call Goodness programs - to infuse a sense of meaning, purpose and impact into the work and lives of their people and communities.”
Now more than four hundred passionate people strong, Benevity’s award-winning cloud solution powers corporate Goodness programs that delivered over a billion dollars in donations and logged 7.5 million volunteer hours from roughly 300 of the world’s most iconic brands - including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Nike, ADP, Oracle, RBC, SAP, Coca-Cola and many more - to over 100,000 charities worldwide.
“Revolutionizing a stagnant global framework for corporate giving is what originally attracted JMI to Benevity,” says Bob Nye, General Partner of JMI Equity. “We continue to invest in a big idea and a focused team with an innovative business model and unparalleled client service. It’s a pleasure to be part of.”
Deeply-rooted values characterizing Benevity’s culture of belonging and commitment to diversity have been designed into elements throughout the new headquarters. Braille signage in stairwells and privacy rooms designed for breast-feeding mothers demonstrate the company’s commitment to inclusion, also evident in their software by way of accessible keyboard navigation and screen reader capabilities. High-tech meeting rooms, open collaborative spaces, an abundance of natural light and floor-to-ceiling wall art designed by Benevity’s own people are all intentional statements encouraging people to be bold, to be dreamers and doers, and to be authentic.
As Calgary continues to emerge from the recent recession, Benevity’s success exemplifies that economic diversification is possible and the desire for companies to do more good may just create more good jobs in this city.
Benevity, Inc. is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solution to power corporate “Goodness Programs” that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 16 languages, to several million users around the world, Benevity will process over a billion dollars in donations this year to more than 100,000 charities worldwide.