Code.org | July 18, 2022
Xactly, the leader in intelligent revenue solutions, today joined national nonprofit organization Code.org and over 500 of the nation’s top industry, nonprofit, and education leaders to issue a letter calling on state governments and education leaders to update the K-12 curriculum in each state, for every student in every school to have the opportunity to learn computer science.
The coalition behind this effort is unprecedented in U.S. education, uniting the leaders and founders of large tech companies such as Microsoft, Alphabet, or Amazon, together with CEOs of companies across sectors, such as Starbucks, American Express, Nike, Delta Airlines, AT&T, UPS, Walgreens, and Hasbro, as well as national education organizations such as Khan Academy and the American Federation of Teachers.
“At Xactly we believe in promoting the spirit of giving back to the communities where our employees and customers live, learn and work, Sending this message to government and education leaders will make a meaningful impact on the opportunity for students to have access to computer science curriculums. As the world continues to digitally transform, it’s important to make sure the next generation grows up with the skills they need to advance as well.”
-Chris Cabrera, founder and CEO of Xactly.
Over the last decade, all 50 states have taken action to expand access to computer science, including allowing computer science to count toward core graduation requirements, funding professional learning to train more teachers, and creating clear certification pathways for computer science teachers. The United States has 700,000 currently open computing jobs, but today, only 5% of high school students study computer science per year.
“Every industry is impacted by digital technology, yet not every student has the opportunity to learn how technology works, Today, computer science should be a core subject, just like basic biology or algebra. The United States has seen tremendous momentum behind this idea, and today’s announcement makes it clear that the time for action is now. We must ensure that standards and the curricula used across the country prioritize computer science so that all students, particularly from underrepresented backgrounds, have the opportunity to participate in our digital economy.”
-Hadi Partovi, CEO, Code.org.
Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education. The leading provider of K-12 computer science curriculum in the largest school districts in the United States, Code.org also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world.
Xactly has helped thousands of companies and millions of sellers around the world beat their revenue targets. Using Xactly’s solutions, leaders look past the current quarter to create revenue streams for long-term growth. The Xactly Intelligent Revenue Platform marries artificial intelligence and 17 years of proprietary data in easy-to-use applications. Sentiment, process, and trend analysis come together to form accurate machine forecasts. Quick identification and implementation of revenue plans, quotas, and territory improvements are easy. And, rapid calculation of even the most complex compensation plans keeps sales reps motivated and on track.
Credit Suisse | July 01, 2022
Credit Suisse is pleased to announce that the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation has awarded $400,000 to two new nonprofit partners – Generation USA and Year Up. These groundbreaking programs serve the community by investing in motivated yet under-resourced young people and developing a robust and diverse talent pipeline. The organizations provide educational pathways outside of traditional four-year degrees, enhancing their students' abilities to launch promising careers.
While we have long-supported and remain committed to four-year college completion, we have become increasingly motivated to find opportunities to support the nearly 2/3 of Americans who do not choose or may not have access to this pathway. We completed the expansion of our Future Skills portfolio to include innovative organizations or initiatives that strive to bridge the gap between the education and employment sectors by providing additional pathways for young people to navigate toward promising careers, like apprenticeships, certifications, and two-year degrees."
Eric Eckholdt, Executive Director of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation
These grants are part of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation's work in Future Skills, a giving program that supports educational efforts to provide young people from underserved communities with skills necessary for a strong career start in order to live choice-filled, upwardly-mobile lives.
The Credit Suisse America's Foundation continues to support high-performing schools like KIPP Public Charter Schools, modern youth apprenticeships through CareerWise New York, and innovative programs such as Braven, the WakeWorks Apprenticeship program, and myFutureNC. Moreover, the Foundation is pleased to onboard these organizations that aim to further the vision of providing additional pathways to securing a family-sustaining career.
"These two new groups represent a transition from a "college-for-all" to a "success-for-all" mentality," says Eckholdt. "We are excited for the opportunity to support and learn from industry leaders and changemakers who embody the spirit of this effort, which we believe is vital for both young people in America and an evolving workforce."
Generation USA is a nimble organization founded by McKinsey & Company. At scale, it has the potential to provide high-level, industry credentialed training to thousands of young people. According to Generation USA, more than 75 million young adults were out of work globally even before the global pandemic, and three times as many were underemployed. Concurrently, certain jobs remain in high-demand, and 40 percent of employers say a skills shortage leaves them with entry-level vacancies. In an effort to bridge this gap, the Generation USA program aims to transform education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.
"We are proud to be a recipient of Credit Suisse's philanthropic initiatives in opening entry to a meaningful career through non-traditional pathways," says Richard Clemmons, Generation USA Interim CEO. "Through this generous funding, we'll be able to expand our reach and impact in the New York City community by providing training, support, and access to career opportunities in the high-demand tech industry."
Credit Suisse is also excited to partner with Year Up, a best-in-class workforce development organization, which is committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Year Up's intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a work-based experience with one of their 250+ corporate partners.
"Credit Suisse and Credit Suisse Americas Foundation's generous support will enable motivated young adults to receive the training, support and connections to have rewarding careers at top companies," said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO. "Through this partnership, we will make important progress in closing the Opportunity Divide and building a more inclusive society and a stronger economy."
Credit Suisse is one of the world's leading financial services providers. Our strategy builds on Credit Suisse's core strengths: its position as a leading wealth manager, its specialist investment banking capabilities and its strong presence in our home market of Switzerland. We seek to follow a balanced approach to wealth management, aiming to capitalize on both the large pool of wealth within mature markets as well as the significant growth in wealth in Asia Pacific and other emerging markets, while also serving key developed markets with an emphasis on Switzerland. Credit Suisse employs approximately 50,110 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York.
Blackbaud | August 23, 2022
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced that it has acquired Kilter. The acquisition will allow Blackbaud to expand activity-based peer-to-peer fundraising engagement, to support activity-based health and wellness initiatives for socially responsible companies, and to grow the ways individuals can connect with the causes they care about most through the activities they love.
Kilter is an intuitive, gamified, activity-based engagement app boasting virtually limitless activity type choices. Kilter expands activity-based engagement beyond the familiar options of running, walking and cycling, enabling users to track new, popular and personally relevant activities, from pickleball to meditation to motorcycling and more.
Blackbaud will leverage Kilter to support activity-based fundraising for Blackbaud TeamRaiser®, the market's most powerful event-based fundraising software, offering a robust set of capabilities for nonprofit organizations hosting events. With the addition of Kilter's intuitive app, Blackbaud will offer an unmatched experience for event participants, meeting their new expectations for digital engagement and for event experience, while enabling nonprofit customers to drive fundraising growth and expansion. Kilter will also support activity-based health and wellness activities for Blackbaud's YourCause® CSRconnect® platform, a leading solution for employee engagement leveraged by companies in support of their social responsibility goals.
"Activity tracking, like logging workouts, sharing goals, and exchanging virtual encouragement with friends, is quickly becoming part of daily routine for millions of people around the world and an essential part of peer-to-peer fundraising, Our acquisition of Kilter will allow us to serve nonprofits by expanding the ways they can engage with their supporters to prepare for their existing fundraising walks, runs and rides, and to create totally new types of engagement opportunities that aren't tied to a specific date or place. It will also provide a unique solution for companies as employers take a more active role in supporting their employees' health and wellness pursuits across remote and distributed workforces."
-Mike Gianoni, president and CEO, Blackbaud.
Blackbaud powers many of today's largest and most complex activity-based fundraising events through Blackbaud TeamRaiser and enables Fortune 500 companies to engage employees through YourCause CSRconnect, said Jerry Needel, vice president of innovation and incubation, Blackbaud. This acquisition reflects our commitment to bring innovative capabilities and a leading mobile app experience to our customers—delivering solutions that help them reach their goals as quickly as possible.
Kilter's features include:
Extensive support for 60+ different physical and virtual activities from yoga to motorcycle rides to healthy eating, with the ability for users to create new activity categories on demand
Gamification that drives deeper engagement by helping event participants connect with and support one another, as well as motivating individual users
Integrations with fitness trackers that event participants are already using, including Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin and more, and the ability to incorporate data from external platforms like Peloton and Strava
"Kilter enables nonprofits to turn their supporters' everyday health and wellness activities into opportunities to raise money for their cause, We couldn't have found a more perfect home for Kilter than Blackbaud, a global leader in software solutions for social good and a team that shares our passion for empowering people to engage in ways that matter to them."
-Seth Braddock, founder and CEO, Kilter.
Kilter's activity tracking app will be offered as a feature to Blackbaud TeamRaiser customers with no additional subscription fees and will be available in the coming months, ahead of spring 2023 events. In the future, Blackbaud also plans to extend Kilter's capabilities to YourCause CSRconnect customers, with integration to YourCause CSRconnect coming later in 2023. The app will be introduced to select customers in late 2022.
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world's leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG), school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than four decades, Blackbaud is a remote-first company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom.