Sponsor Feature Story: Impact Makers

Impact Makers is a unique management and technology consulting firm committed to contributing 100% of net profits to the community over the life of the company. Their community contributions rival companies a hundred times their size due to this revolutionary model. To date, Impact Makers has contributed nearly $3 million in direct financial support and pro bono consulting to nonprofit community partners.

Founded in Richmond, Virginia in 2006, Impact Makers helps clients manage through transformation across IT, Data, Cloud, Security, and People. They deliver strategic consulting, backing it up with deeper implementation skills in Cloud, DevOps, and Data. They are a founding certified B Corp, a benefit corporation, and have made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies for the past seven years.

Impact Makers’ mission is to create meaningful change for their clients, nonprofit partners, and community. Impact Makers utilizes their innovative business model to transform the business value of their work into social value for the community through partnerships with local nonprofits that include financial contributions as well as pro bono engagements. The social impact model attracts experienced consultants looking for more than a paycheck. The result is mission-aligned teams that outperform non-mission aligned teams any day of the week. 

Impact Makers has partnered with IT4Causes since 2015. About 50 Impact Makers’ consultants have worked with the organization and its clients, providing more than 1,340 volunteer hours of IT strategy and consulting. The services include IT support and project management, security and HIPAA assessments, policies and procedures, and SharePoint collaboration and knowledge management. Impact Makers continues to support IT4Causes and has established a cybersecurity working team to enable ongoing streamlined support for information security.

We’ve Joined Club 501(c)3!

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We are beyond excited to announce that our application for 501(c)3 status has been approved and we are officially a certified tax exempt organization.

We want to extend our gratitude to the members of our board; George Welch, Michael Pirron, and Terry Sherman.  And also thank Won-Suk Choi for his counsel on our legal matters, without which we may still be lost in a sea of applications. The combined effort of our board and volunteers along with the low-cost business model we presented to the IRS has earned us our official designation as Richmond’s premier 501c3 technology services provider.

What does this mean?

Nothing has changed in our services to the community, providing low-cost IT solutions to other nonprofits. Having 501(c)3 status allows IT4Causes to fundraise more efficiently. Now all past, current, and future donations can be considered as tax deductible. With nonprofit accreditation comes greater event and fundraising opportunities like involvement in The Amazing Raise and other nonprofit specific assistance.

What can you do?

Everything you are doing! Keep volunteering your time, skills, and support to IT4Causes and your community. If you are interested in becoming a part of the team as a volunteer helping Richmond area nonprofits with IT needs, assisting with marketing and branding, or other behind-the-scenes work, reach out to us at info@IT4Causes.org.

Partner Spotlight: The Beacon Tree Foundation

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Beacon Tree was founded in 2008 by parents Tom and Diana Leahy who were motivated by their own children’s struggles with clinical depression. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with mental health which can make it hard for children to get the resources they need. For the parents who do get past the stigma, the mental health field can be very hard to navigate. However, with the right guidance and help from agencies like Beacon Tree, mental health can be treated effectively.  
 
“It’s scary because it has no shape, no color. You can’t mend it with a cast, or close it up with a suture. You can’t isolate it under a microscope or see it with a x-ray. It’s a ghost. And it’s a matrix of genetic predisposition, environmental triggers and harmful, even monstrous manifestations. The severity and breadth, from minor attention deficit disorder to severe depression and schizophrenia; from lack of productivity to mass murder and suicide. It’s messy and it’s ugly.”-Founder Tom Leahy
 
1 in 5 children in the United States suffer from a mental health disorder. A statistic like that can seem daunting, especially if you find yourself as a parent in this situation. Beacon Tree Foundation is dedicated to being an advocate for the family, providing support and financial resources to help children struggling with mental health issues.
 
IT4Causes has set up Beacon Tree’s Office 365 program and also currently working on their donor management system. In the future we will help them implement even more effective campaign management. For more information on Beacon Tree Foundation and their initiative please visit their website www.BeaconTree.org.