On January 22, 2019, I volunteered at NJ Tech MeetUp at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ. My job was wrangling start-ups to help the team, and our theme for the month was "environmental impact" the keynote speaker happened to be someone by the name of Scott Harrison.
The founder of NJ TechMeetup, Aaron Price, was uncharacteristically giddy about his fireside chat with Scott that night. I found this a bit surprising for a guy who's shared the stage with Arianna Huffington, Andrew Yang, and Gary Vaynerchuk.
After networking and start-up pitches, Aaron sat down with Scott, and for the next hour, I remember listening intently, barely moving a muscle, holding my breath at times. No phone, no email, no texts, just listening to the story of charity: water. I vividly remember a few key facts sticking out that honestly made me feel a range of emotions that ranged between thankfulness and guilt.
- 1 out of every 10 people in the world do not have access to clean water.
- More deaths per year are related to dirty water than all forms of violence combined, including war.
- The role of collecting water often falls upon women, which significantly impacts the number of girls able to finish primary school.
These facts alone were impactful enough to hook me for a donation and buy Scott's book Thirst, then came the model that made charity: water unique. 100% of donations would go directly to fund projects to bring clean water to people that otherwise would have no access to it.
I went home that night and started reading Thirst; after flying through the book in a few days and countless hours spent on charity: water's Youtube, I knew I had to make an impact. For my birthday that year, I started a water walk fundraiser that raised $5,250; while this felt like a big win, I knew there was more I could do. So I signed up for a monthly contribution to The Spring but still didn't feel that I was doing enough.
As we came out of a challenging year, I felt it was now the time to do more, and that is why at Captivate Talent, we have launched the Help a friend, help a cause, and get paid campaign. We will not only send you a $550 referral bonus for every referral we place, but we will match that referral bonus with a donation to a 501(c)(3) charity of your choice.
Additionally, we will have a company target of 15 referrals placed before December 31, 2021; if this goal is achieved, we will donate an additional $10,000 to charity: water. If we beat that goal and place 20 referrals, we will donate $20,000 to charity: water, and finally, if we reach our ultimate goal and place 25 referrals, we will donate $30,000 to charity: water.
We hope you can help us find some great people to introduce to our clients, and we can help you make an impact for a cause you care about, and if you don't have someone to refer us, we hope that this campaign inspires you to give back to those in need.
If you want to refer a friend in SaaS, click here!