Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an important initiative for Carbon Black and one we’ve invested in for the last several years. In 2017, our philanthropic efforts expanded, extending our reach to serve those outside of our immediate community in Boston. As we continue to grow into new markets as an organization, we’ve looked for opportunities to support the causes and charities that matter most to our employees.

As a member of our philanthropy group, I’m happy to see the improvements we made this year. Not only did we increase our funding for CSR and reach new communities, but we also supported our employees with their own passions. When looking back at this year, I’m proud to see how much we accomplished.

Here are some highlights from this year:

TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good)

TUGG is one of our biggest initiatives we support in the Boston-area. As a nonprofit arm of Boston’s tech community, our donations and support helps the riskiest social enterprises serving local under-resourced youth. This year, we made a large donation and supported them through various events, such as this fall’s Tech Gives Back day.

Employee-led Philanthropy

To give our employees an opportunity have their charities or causes supported, Carbon Black holds a quarterly initiative where employees can pitch their charity/causes and our other employees can vote on the one they most want to support. The selected charity/cause then receives resources for support (i.e. financial, events planning, etc.). This year we were able to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Backpack Drive

Each year we support the local needy children in Waltham and ensure they have a successful school year by providing them backpacks filled with all the essentials for school! We’ve been able to donate dozens of backpacks to a range of charities.

Santa Program

The Santa Program supports local needy Waltham children during the holiday season. Each year, Carbon Black “adopts” 25 children and purchases gifts for them that they may not otherwise receive during the holidays. We hope it brings them some holiday cheer!

World Food Programme

Carbon Black runs Fitbit challenges several times throughout the year. This November, we decided to add an element of giving to our challenge in which every 4k steps walked daily would equate to one donated to the World Food Programme. In a matter of three weeks our employees were able to donate nearly 1,500 meals!

Blessings in a Backpack

This charity focuses on providing food to elementary school children in America who might otherwise go hungry. We were introduced to this charity through one of our employees whose father runs a local branch. This is a new initiative for us in 2017 and we’re thrilled to know we were able to support 25 local children this school year!

Spartan Race/Future Seal Fund

This year was our second annual Spartan Race fundraiser. With the Spartan Race being so close to Veterans Day, we typically choose a charity that’s military-focused. This year, we raised more than $5,000 to support the SEAL Future Fund which helps transitioning SEALs have a purposeful civilian life.

Resilient Coders

In November our Leadership Development Program members secured points during a scavenger hunt in order to earn laptops. Through this they were able to gather enough for several laptops which were donated to Resilient Coders, a Boston-based charity that serves students and gives them accessibility to technology to build technical and coding skills.

Carbon Black Golf Tournament

In July, Carbon Black hosted its second annual Carbon Black Charity Golf Tournament which benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We had around 100 golfers participate and raised $5,000 for this charity.

Help Houston – Hurricane Relief

With a number of our employees living in Texas (including one of our offices), we wanted to support those employees whose communities were affected by the hurricanes this year. With our Houston Hurricane Relief Fund we were able to donate nearly $14,000 to the help those in the area.

Earth Week

To recognize Earth Day, we spent the whole week educating our employees about the issues our world faces and how we can do our part to make it better. At the end of the week, several of our employees attended an off-site at the Mass Audubon where they learned how to protect wildlife and nature, as well as help out with chores to support the nature reserves and farm.

Employee Support

Of course, as much as we want to support as much as possible, we just aren’t at a place for that yet. However, we still want to give our employees support where we can. In this case, we use our Intranet, Beehive, as a place for our employees to post more details about the causes and charities they are passionate about. We’ve seen several employees secure donations, volunteers, and help simply by sharing their story with our people.

Wow! This turned out to be a long list of initiatives we supported and we couldn’t have done it without the generous employees at Carbon Black. Their passion and kindness has made our philanthropic initiatives successful and they truly made a difference to those we were able to help. With CSR being a big part of our culture, I’m looking forward to seeing how much more we’re able to do in the years to come.