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As part of our charitable efforts, the Rackspace Foundation selects several local STEM education organizations to give back to. Last year (and now in 2014), the San Francisco Office worked closely with Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces technology and computer programming to a new generation of coders from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal of the initiative is to expose young women and pre-teens of color to emerging trends in science and math.
When it comes to community support, Rackspace is generous in giving back. As part of our second quarter Rack Gives Back program, San Francisco Rackers voted to make charitable donations to multiple organizations that focus primarily on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Winners included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Open Oakland and the Ada Initiative. But Rackers made the largest charitable gift to Black Girls Code (BGC).
I recently spent a week being a camp counselor for a group of 10- and 11-year-olds at Camp Okizu. The mission of Okizu is to provide peer support, respite, mentoring and recreational programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer. Okizu offers week-long camps to children with cancer, as well as their siblings, in addition to weekend “family camps” that serve as occasions where parents can come together and share their experiences caring for a child with cancer.
This year, we wanted to say ‘Happy Holidays’ to our customers, but instead of a simple greeting we decided to put some muscle behind the message. We offered $1 for every unique view of our choreographed holiday kookiness, up to $10,000, with the donations split between five of our nonprofit partners:  Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Year, Girls Inc. and FIRST Robotics. We sent it to our customers – if you haven’t received it yet, you should soon – and thought it was reasonable to leave this offer on the table until the end of 2012.
November 15 may just be another Thursday for many folks, but it’s a special day for us here at Rackspace — it’s National Philanthropy Day. While it may seem strange to post about National Philanthropy Day on, it’s actually a really demonstrative way to talk about who we are as a company.
Geoffrey Canada, famous educator, social activist and head of the Harlem Children’s Zone, gave Rackspace an education Tuesday, urging business and community leaders and individuals to get involved in education to preserve one of the country’s greatest resources: children.
For three years now, the Racker Riders have hosted a toy drive to benefit various non-profit organizations throughout San Antonio. This year their efforts expanded with the support of Rack Gives Back, Rackspace® Hosting’s official community outreach program.
Sure we’re all about Fanatical Support and world-class technologies. But we’re also big on corporate social responsibility. (Have you checked out Rack Gives Back?)
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