Pledge 1% is a global movement to create a new normal where giving back is baked into the DNA of companies (of all sizes) from the very beginning.
Russ Davis, Founder & CEO of SchoolStatus, elected to pledge 1% of company time to the movement.
"Within 24 hours of announcing SchoolStatus' commitment to Pledge 1%, almost every SchoolStatus team member had an idea of where they were going to devote their time and could articulate why it was important to them. When our people knew what they wanted to do, I realized just how fortunate I was to have hired the right team members for this journey. I know the work we're doing at SchoolStatus is changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids, and now to know that our staff will be giving back hundreds and hundreds of hours to causes they care very deeply about, that's truly amazing. What great people I work with!"
We're giving all employees 30 minutes every week to volunteer at the charity of their choice, paid for by SchoolStatus. We're expecting 100% participation and if everyone gives 1% of their time, we will have given 825 hours by the end of the year.
It is our belief that we were put on this earth to help one another. Our founder, Russ Davis, attributes his lucky breaks in life to having someone offer him help to reach his next goal. From starting SchoolStatus to adding the first customers, raising the first round of funding, someone, in fact several people, gave him a helping hand so that he could realize a dream.
Simply put, when we can help someone who is in need, we should try. When someone asks Russ for help with a business problem or for his expertise in starting a new business venture, he will almost always say yes. He does this because, in the end, that's how he got where he is today. Where will we go from here?