A "Good" Fit: Where Tech and Charity Meet

Group Shot of Athena Software
With deep roots in the community for almost 20 years, Athena Software looks to engage employees in uniquely meaningful ways with local charities.  After hearing an inspiring talk by Foundation Board Vice-Chair Kate Durdan, and Senior Development Manager Deborah Barton, Athena Software engaged their employees to meet the greatest need at KidsAbility – therapy services for children and youth with special needs. 

“We’ve always had a charity that we’ve raised funds for,” said Debra Bakowsky, Office and Facilities Co-ordinator at Athena. “Because we’ve grown, we’ve changed the way we choose our charity. We did something a little different that involved more people.”

Fueled by a passion to change lives, they organized company activities to build fun employee fundraisers to drive awareness and engagement to the cause.

The result?

Athena raised donations totalling $9,143.30 – doubling their original goal, and helping even more children and youth with special needs!

You can read more details about how Athena is building a culture of philanthropy through employee engagement in Communitech News by Alex Kinsella, tech marketing guru for Communitech, and one of our community champions.

Are you a tech company looking for meaningful and impactful ways to build a philanthropic culture?

We’d love to chat! Our Foundation team can be reached by contacting Deborah Barton.