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Making an impact, together

The GitHub Social Impact Team connects the social sector to the GitHub community and GitHub employees as they shape the future of technology. We pledge to provide resources for people to make lasting change—in their communities and around the world.

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Programs for the social sector

How we’re making a difference

From conducting research to investing in social good organizations, our programs help teams amplify their impact.

Learn more about our programs:


Open Source for Good

We created the Open Source for Good program to help decision-makers understand the power of open source. Our work focuses on four areas.

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We uncover open source challenges in the social sector, and drive research to help organizations.

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Guides and tools

We create case studies and resources to highlight open source solutions for organizations.

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We bring together experts and communities around topics that are relevant in the social sector.

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We support community events that promote Open Source for Good mentorship and projects.

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Watch our Open Source for Good talk from GitHub Universe

Learn more about the challenges and successes of open source in the social sector during our talk at GitHub Universe.

Featured organizations

Learn about these organizations working with our Open Source for Good program.


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Chayn is an intersectional organization working to reduce domestic and gender-based violence. We’re working with them to collect insights about the social sector. Check out their Soul Medicine project and consider sponsoring their work.

Sponsor Chayn on GitHub


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Hikaya is an organization that helps nonprofits understand, define, and use metrics for better programming in resource-constrained areas. We’re working with them on a case study about their open source work. Consider sponsoring their projects.

Sponsor Hikaya on GitHub


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We were a sponsor of MERL Tech DC, a conference dedicated to technology in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Together, we’re building tools to help M&E professionals understand and use open source solutions.

Learn more

Want to build a better future?

Explore open source projects that could use your help with our volunteer partner, Ovio, and start making a difference today.

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Tech Pipeline

To make sure the next generation of developers includes the most underserved communities in the world, we partnered with seven organizations to create the Tech Pipeline. We’re helping in three major ways.

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We help employees educate more communities about Git, GitHub, and open source.

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We create opportunities for GitHub employees to mentor new developers and young professionals.

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We host events for students from under-represented communities at GitHub HQ and around the world.

Featured organizations

Learn about these organizations working with our Tech Pipeline program.

Code Tenderloin

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Code Tenderloin helps bring economic equity and a sense of community to the marginal populations in and around San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. We recently brought a group of aspiring developers to meet employees at GitHub HQ for mentorship and job preparation.

Learn more

Maven Youth

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By providing LGBTQ+ youth with the tools to create innovative technology solutions, Maven Youth inspires a new generation to advocate for social change. We partner with Maven on events like their free Summer Tech Camp for LGBTQ+ youth.

Learn more
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Free GitHub tools for social good projects

Thousands of organizations use GitHub to build solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. We’re happy to give qualifying teams the tools they need to work on social good projects for free.

Not a nonprofit? Submit a request for your social good project, and we’ll let you know if you qualify for a discount.

How GitHub employees get involved

We believe in sharing our time, resources, and platform to help improve our local and global communities.

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Every year, GitHub employees get a full week of paid time off to volunteer in their communities.

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When an employee donates to a cause they care about, we match it dollar for dollar, up to $15,000.

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Building awareness

We host events to connect GitHub employees with leaders from social good organizations.