Deed Pulls Your Employer’s Charity And Volunteer Program Into Slack To Keep It Front Of Mind

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18 Sep 2021
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Company Deed, a member of the current Y Combinator S21 class, aims to modernise the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (or CSR). You'd expect a lot when it comes to engaging with Deed's web interface. A gift matching system based on company rules will handle employee donations while also providing volunteer opportunities and tracking volunteer hours. As well as a clean, modern UI that would not seem out of place in the toolbox of a modern firm. There's a swipe interface similar to a dating app for narrowing down volunteer options, as well as more assistance for employee resource groups (you may follow employee groups within your company and those groups might highlight organisations you might want to donate to).

This week, a beta version of Deeds Slack integration will be available. It is intended to "meet workers where they are," according to Delve Kashi, the company's co-founder. Deed's most popular features, including any donation/volunteer activity that your employees choose to share with Slack users, may be transmitted straight to Slack with this link. It's easy to remember and harder to forget. Most startups that emerge from YC aren't as sophisticated as Deed. Deed, on the other hand, has more than 20 employees worldwide and a growing headquarters in Berlin. However, the business is still in its infancy; much of its development, and even its focus on the enterprise, are new. To begin with, Deed was a 2016 app with a similar goal. After "hosting parties for a living" for the previous ten years, Kashi thought it was time to return.

Many people considered my profession to be successful in the outer world." On the inside, he says he was "very... troubled." There was no link between what I was doing and my values. Finally, I decided to volunteer locally in the city. My first volunteer experience highlighted how tough it was — how antiquated much of the technology was, and how organisations struggled to reach younger audiences." As a result of this, Deed was born. It began as an app to help individuals find volunteer opportunities that fit them. They amassed tens of thousands of users in New York alone... and then came the large corporations. "Their workers came to them and told them how much they liked using the app in their leisure time," Kashi ads. People thought we provided a commercial solution to assist them with their employee volunteer and engagement programmes.

In 2020, the team decided to go all-in on enterprise once more. To satisfy the needs of these huge groups of volunteers, they used what they had learned about creating an attractive, contemporary interface for individual participation. Adidas became their first major customer in a short amount of time, demonstrating the success of their plan. Following that, there was Sweetgreen, Airbnb, and Stripe. Kashi informed me that they are now dealing with organisations ranging in size from 250 to 100,000 individuals.

Deed's team expanded fast after receiving $2 million in investment last year as a result of the company's shift to enterprise teams. Kashi could not afford a second workstation. "We've hired a lot of people in the last year and a half," he added. But then, I'd never met them in person! When I return, the entire floor is ours the moment I foot on it. It's weird to assemble people online and manage them for a full year... and then finally see them."

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