Vendr's 2020 Pledge: Saving money and donating meals

Sam Gorgone, Dec 23, 2020

 

To wrap up the year, we decided to tie our 2020 charitable contribution to what we do best: saving our customers' money.

 

One positive from 2020 is how priorities have shifted - the year has reframed what’s truly important and helped us all better recognize what we’re thankful for.

At Vendr we believe all companies - both large and small - have an opportunity to give back to those that are less fortunate. The greatest benefit of good fortune? Having the opportunity to give back and help others who are in need.

This holiday season we officially launched our first-ever Vendr Volunteers effort.

As a company, we wanted to meaningfully give back in a way that aligns with our values as a company. With a core value to “spend our customers’ money like it’s [our] own,” and a core strength of “Saving Money on Software,” we wanted to tie the two together for charity.

The Cause:

In a typical year, it’s estimated that food insecurity impacts 1 in 9 Americans - that’s over 37 million individuals, including more than 11 million children. COVID-19 has impacted that significantly, and more families are in need of food than ever before.

The Challenge:

Between November 15th and December 15th, we launched an internal campaign to raise funds for The Greater Boston Food Bank and The Low Country Food Bank of South Carolina. (We picked Boston and Charleston because those are where our two “offices” are located.)

For every $1M we saved our customers during this 30-day challenge, we pledged to donate $1,000.

The Result?

In one month, our team raised over $9,000 for Boston and Charleston's food banks, through a combination of our savings pledge and team contributions. 

Here's what our customers had to say: 
“At Attentive, we are always looking for ways to give back to the community and the events of this year have made that even more of a priority for us. We are proud to partner with companies who feel the same, and applaud Vendr for this impactful campaign.” - Brandon Simins, Vice President of Finance

“We’re proud to be partnered with small companies like Vendr who see the importance of providing back to our vibrant Boston community, all while helping Salsify streamline and scale our relationships with our software suppliers.” - Mary Jefts, CFO

Thank you to The Greater Boston Food Bank and The Low Country Food Bank for their dedication to helping organize resources for those in need. 

“We are so grateful to Vendr and its employees for their tremendous commitment to helping end hunger. This gift to The Greater Boston Food Bank will help us meet the increased need for food that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. More families and individuals are in need than ever before and financial support like this fuels us toward our mission to end hunger here.” - David Giagrando​, Senior Director of Development.

Here’s to an incredible 2021, including more savings, more volunteering, and guaranteeing that there’s a new way to buy software