$500K for 5 Charities

At the 2019 Global SAFe Summit, Scaled Agile’s CEO Chris James announced a major growth milestone: over 500,000 professionals have taken SAFe training, and the community continues to grow at an amazing rate.

That’s big news and we decided to celebrate in a big way by donating a half million dollars to charity. As part of Scaled Agile’s Pledge 1% commitment and our ongoing  Do All The Good You Can initiative, five humanitarian aid organizations were selected to receive $500,000 and Summit attendees played an important role in determining how the money was distributed.

Using tickets perforated into five sections, attendees participated by going to donation stations and voting for the charity or charities of their choice. The more sections each charity received, the greater their donation. Here are the results of the vote:

  • Water.org – $150,000
  • Action Against Hunger – $125,000
  • Easterseals – $100,000
  • Engineers Without Borders USA – $75,00
  • Direct Relief – $50,000

Learn more about each organization and how they are helping to make the world a better place.

5 Charities Selected

Water.org
Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than 21 million lives around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis.


Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. Their mission is to ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training, and healthcare.


Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs. From solar-powered water pumps to latrines and fish farms, their wide-ranging projects have far-reaching implications in 44 countries.


Easterseals
Easterseals serves 1.5 million children and adults with disabilities and their families, offering a wide range of services nationwide. They change the way the world defines and views disability by helping their clients build the skills and access the resources they need to live, learn, work and play.

Direct Relief
Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies—without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.


Questions?

How did attendees participate?
Two donation stations were set up—one near registration and one near the Exhibit Hall.

How did this work?
Each attendee received a ticket with their conference badge. The ticket was perforated into five sections. Attendees could use the ticket as-is to donate to one charity, or tear off sections and distribute to multiple charities. The more tickets each charity received, the greater their donation.

When did voting close?
Voting closed Thursday, October 4, 2019, 12:00 PM.

When will the organizations receive the funds?
Funds will be distributed by late-October, 2019.

What was the selection criteria for the charities?

  • Recognizable brand
  • National or international program scope
  • Leader in nonprofit innovation/technology and/or practices SAFe
  • Diversity of program type
  • 501 (c) (3) status in the U.S.