We’re incredibly excited to launch T.O. Tech Gives Back, an annual volunteering event when Toronto’s tech community comes together to do good with local nonprofits.
We started T.O. Tech Gives Back because we recognize that tech companies and nonprofits alike have a lot of ongoing responsibilities. Budgets are tight, and timelines are often constantly changing. That's why T.O. Tech Gives Back is here to make it easier for these organizations to engage with one another. We're also volunteer driven. We do this because like you, we want to give back.
Why give back? Well, we know that workplace endorsed volunteering opportunities help team members contribute to the overall success of the organization. In June 2016, Cone Communications shared their Employee Engagement Study. Their research connects corporate volunteer programs to increased employee engagement, and in turn, increased employee loyalty and retention. Here are some key statistics from their study:
- Employees say opportunities to support causes or issues they care about (64%) are as important as wellness programs (69%) or tuition reimbursement (66%)
- 58% consider a company’s social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work
- 74% of employees say their job is more fulfilling when they are provided with opportunities to make a positive impact on social and environmental issues
This research highlights that volunteering helps create a sense of purpose across teams. Here at T. O. Tech Gives Back we strongly believe that providing companies with ways to engage their team members in volunteering helps to not only create strong teams but it also helps create positive change.
Similarly, a PricewaterhouseCoopers study called "Millennials at Work: Reshaping the Workplace," reported that 88% of Millennials prefer companies that emphasize corporate social responsibility and 86% would consider leaving if their employer’s Corporate Social Responsibility no longer met their expectations. So engaging team members in volunteerism has shown to increase the commitment they feel for the organization where they work.
Over the coming months, we hope to grow T.O. Tech Gives back across the community, and engage with tech companies and nonprofits who showcase the incredible diversity of Toronto. This city is truly spectacular.
T.O. Tech Gives Back is founded by Yiorgos Boudouris and Naresh de Silva. Yiorgos is an experienced people services manager who’s passionate about bringing people together and finding opportunities that help make a difference at work. Naresh is a spirited communicator and marketer who’s passionate about using digital technologies to spur positive social change.