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Introducing Chicago’s first-ever Techweek Gives campaign, powered by uBack

March 22, 2017

uBack co-founder Kaitlin Reimann has some big news to share this week, so we’re passing her the mic this week so she can share all the details. Take it away, Kaitlin:

Chicago has always been a philanthropically minded city. It’s one of the reasons I love working and living here. Chicago’s growing tech community has also proven its support of the city’s most worthy causes. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Chicago’s first-ever Techweek Gives campaign on March 23.

The initiative is part of Techweek, the leading technology conference and festival. Its goal? To raise $1M over 90 days. The campaign is structured as a friendly competition among Chicago’s leading companies and organizations. Participating organizations are nominated. If selected, they are invited to compete as we raise money, give time and donate goods to S.T.E.A.M. groups (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and other worthy nonprofits. 

The organization that gives the most money, time or goods per employee or participant will be honored with the "Impact Organization of the Year" Award during Techweek (June 19 – 23) and an invite to Techweek’s VIP event, Founders House. Also, a donation of $5K will be made to the nonprofit of the winning company’s choice.

We at uBack are helping to provide the responsive giving platform for the initiative. uBack's analytics engine will also provide participating companies with their own "Giving IQ” infographic after the campaign, which will help you more thoroughly understand and better communicate your organization's impact in the community. 

In addition to our strong strategic partnership with Techweek, we’ve also aligned with Walker Sands Communications and DLA Piper to bring this campaign to life. Here’s what each of those organizations had to say about the campaign, launching in less than 24 hours:

“In 2017, Techweek is committed to helping high-growth companies solve their toughest problems, including talent acquisition. That’s why we are thrilled to announce the launch of this campaign, which supports a new generation of tech talent from local and diverse communities.”Amanda Signorelli, CEO of Techweek

“As a B2B communications firm focused on serving Chicago’s tech industry, we have seen firsthand the desire these businesses have to give back. We welcome the opportunity to facilitate that involvement and see just how much good we can do in the next 90 days.”Mike Santoro, president and partner at Walker Sands

“What matters to our clients is what matters to us: creating a vibrant local community and ensuring the future of the next generation of leaders is strong. We are excited to see what we can accomplish when we come together and get to work.” David Mendelsohn, managing partner of DLA Piper in Chicago

After hearing all that, does your organization have what it takes to win?

Click here to nominate your company or professional group to join the campaign.

I look forward to seeing you at the top of the leaderboard as we compete for good!

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