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What are you doing?

What are you doing?

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr. Software for Good was founded on the belief that a career can be both meaningful and sustainable—that you can use your day job to make a positive impact on people and the world around you while still earning a … Continued

The SfG Intern Cohort: Our New Giving Program

The SfG Intern Cohort: Our New Giving Program

From the start, giving has been central to who we are and what we do. And we’ve done quite a bit of it. In the last three years alone, Software for Good has donated over $900,000 in development to mission-based organizations whose values align with our own: Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, No Time for Poverty, Twin … Continued

Be More Than a Safety Pin

Be More Than a Safety Pin

In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an outpouring of support toward marginalized individuals in this country has manifested itself in the form of wearing a safety pin on your clothes. It’s meant to show that the individual wearing the pin is friendly and that others are safe with the wearer. As a … Continued

Check (in with) yo self.

Check (in with) yo self.

A few weeks ago, I had a meltdown. There, I said it. Whew, that wasn’t so bad. But, actually, it was pretty bad. And eye opening. I am one of the 350 million people in the world who struggle with depression and anxiety. I actively battle against it, and have been doing quite well for some time. … Continued

Slumber

Slumber

This week, find time to slumber. I’m tired, so I’ll let News in Health explain why: When you’re tired, you can’t function at your best. Sleep helps you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and focus better. The fact is, when we look at well-rested people, they’re operating at a different level than people trying to get … Continued

Pick Up Where You Left Off

Pick Up Where You Left Off

It’s that time of year again—students are heading back to school and starting a new semester. Even if we graduated years ago, we should never forget the joy, the feelings of accomplishment, and the many hours spent studying something we were passionate about. So this week, pick up where you left off. Recall the areas of study that interested … Continued

Plug in to Pride: Designing a Rallying Cry

Plug in to Pride: Designing a Rallying Cry

In case you missed it, Software for Good partnered with Clockwork and Buzzfeed this past Sunday to bring parade attendees at Twin Cities Pride a simple message: Plug in to Pride! With a cheeky double entendre and a message of diversity and inclusivity, we donned our shirts and revved up our decked-out, music-blasting M35 Cargo … Continued

Repositioned, Redesigned, Refocused: SfG 5.0

Repositioned, Redesigned, Refocused: SfG 5.0

Software for Good started out with a clear mission: build good software for good clients. But after 12 years of growth—in terms of team size, capabilities, and clients—our mission and message became less clear. We realized people knew we did “good” work, but they didn’t really know what that meant. Truthfully, it was hard for … Continued

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

When the team at Digitaria reached out to Casey and asked if they could profile him and the Software for Good story in a spot for the American Family Insurance DreamBank, he played it cool. In fact, he played it so cool that I’m not sure anyone here realized what a big deal it was until a team … Continued

Introducing Software for Good, GBC

We’re celebrating the new year in a big way: Today, the much-anticipated Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act went into effect, and Software for Good was one of the first to file as a benefit corporation in the state of Minnesota. Say hello to Software for Good, GBC! Why is this big news? Because benefit corporations, or … Continued

Giving Back, Looking Ahead

As a team, we like to stay focused on what’s next. Trends, technologies, what have you – there’s no use looking back or lingering too long in the present when you work in technology, because things are constantly changing. And this year, a lot more than technology changed for us. Our team grew significantly, as … Continued

RailsBridge Reflections

I was so thrilled to spend this past weekend as a student at RailsBridge, a free Ruby on Rails workshop designed to increase diversity in tech. Run entirely by volunteers, this weekend’s Twin Cities RailsBridge introduced dozens of experienced mentors to dozens of eager students for a day and a half of nearly 1-on-1 programming … Continued

On Politics and the Internet

We had a great time visiting with Congressman Keith Ellison last week! Congressman Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, which covers Minneapolis and a fair chunk of the nearby suburbs. He swung by the Software for Good office to meet the team, deliver the DC scoop, and chat with us about some important issues. The … Continued

RailsConf 2014

Two of the great things about working at Software for Good: We have unlimited time off to do what we want, and it’s a culture that really values self-directed learning. So when I, after approximately 1 month on the job, asked if I could take off the better part of a week to go to … Continued