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***Program Update: We have now extended our Giving Program through the end of December 2016, so please continue to share with your networks and be sure to sign-up if you haven’t already!

 

I have a secret. Ok… Not really a secret, but not something I necessarily shouted from the rooftops when I was younger. I was a Girl Scout until I was almost 18. While this wasn’t the common path for most girls in my grade, I believe it was one of the key factors that set me apart when applying for schools and my first job. On applications, I was able to relate my experiences in scouting and community service projects to goal setting, project management and problem solving. It is so important for young women in our society to have a network available to them, and to empower them with resources and skills for future endeavors.

That’s why I am so passionate about the cause we’re highlighting today as part of our SparkPost giving program. While coding wasn’t prevalent among girls when I was in school, it has become a powerful driving force in the tech community among women and around the globe.

Meet Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap for girls in technology. Specifically, they focus on teaching girls the Core4 computer science concepts that form the basis for all computer programming languages, along with valuable technical and problem solving skills. Through their programs, they are building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. Program participants are majoring in computer science at top universities across the US. Over 20 major companies have pledged to hire Girls Who Code alumni. Over 40,000 girls have participated in their programs and counting!

Speaking of their Programs

Summer Immersion

For girls in 10th & 11th grades, Girls Who Code offers Summer Immersion Programs, exposing participants to tech jobs and corporate work environments. For 7 full weeks, girls get on the job training at companies like Facebook, Microsoft and AT&T. The girls listen to guest speakers, participate in workshops, connect with female engineers and entrepreneurs and even go on field trips. The program culminates in a final project where they build their own products and share with their class.

If you or someone you know might be interested in the Summer Immersion Programs, you can sign up for the Girls Who Code mailing list and get notified when applications open in January!

After School Clubs

Girls Who Code also offers after school Clubs throughout the United States, open to 6th-12th graders. Hosted in schools, community centers and libraries across the country, the free Clubs meet for 2 hours per week, either after school or on the weekends. In addition to computer and internet access, Clubs provide a supportive network of peers and mentors for all girls who attend – as I mentioned above, an invaluable resource!

How You Can Help

Sign up for a SparkPost account today and select Girls Who Code as the cause you’d like us to donate to. Already have a SparkPost account? Share this post on Twitter, Facebook, or with family and friends. Want to do more than just donate? Check out how you can get involved in facilitating a club, or get your company involved as a corporate partner.

Jen
Social Media Manager, SparkPost

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***Program Update: We have now extended our Giving Program through the end of December 2016, so please continue to share with your networks and be sure to sign-up if you haven’t already!

 

I’ve shared before that one of the reasons I love working for SparkPost is our commitment to our community. I am proud to work for a company that invests not only in its employees, but that also fosters positive relationships with the communities that our employees and customers are a part of.

That’s why, I am so excited to announce our SparkPost Giving Campaign for 2016. Here’s how it works: for the entire month of November, SparkPost will donate $5 for every new account created to one of three causes below on your behalf! That’s right. You sign up (free accounts too) and SparkPost donates.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting each cause, why we chose it for this program, and the important ways they are making a difference in our communities. For now, here’s a preview of each organization we’re donating to, along with links to more information.

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Girls Who Code

As members of the tech community (we have offices in SF alongside our headquarters in Columbia, MD and Seattle, WA), we feel it’s very important to give back to that space. Girls Who Code is a fantastic organization, dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Their initiatives include summer immersion programs and free after school clubs for girls interested in tech all over the United States.


American Diabetes Association

An estimated 29 million Americans are living with some form of diabetes* – that’s close to one tenth of the population! November is officially national diabetes month and because of this, we’ve decided to support diabetes research efforts and give to the American Diabetes Association. This organization funds research to cure all of the different types of diabetes that Americans are living with, and it’s a cause closer to our hearts that we’ll be sharing more about over the next month.

Source: American Diabetes Association


Oxfam International

SparkPost has worked with Oxfam International in the past, participating in their Trailwalker Japan event. Our team hiked over 100 Kilometers in 48 hours AND successfully raised over $10,000. Donations to Oxfam are used to implement improvement projects in many of the most destitute regions of the world. Oxfam’s mission is to help end poverty and provide vital relief following natural disasters and conflicts. You can learn more about the great work Oxfam is doing here.


How You Can Help with SparkPost Giving

Spread the word! If you already have an existing SparkPost account, share on Twitter or Facebook and get your friends involved! For anyone considering creating a SparkPost account, this is just the push you need to get your email programs going. In addition to solving critical business problems, you can give back to one of several great causes and truly make a difference. Win-win.

Let’s do some good — with email!

Jen

ps: Ideas for future SparkPost Giving projects? We want to hear ’em! Drop us a line in the comments below or on Twitter.