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Skilling, Equity & Community


Through targeted fundraising, organized volunteerism, pro-bono skilling activities, and more, we encourage employees to learn about and connect on social and community issues together. We provide opportunities, but also inspire employees to find their passion and get involved. We also walk that talk by giving every employee $15,000/year to match their donations.

Employee programs

GitHub employees are doers. Even in a virtual environment, they connect over shared interests, passions, causes, and societal topics. Employees take action in communities around the world through financial contributions, volunteerism, and advocacy. It’s our job is to ensure employees have access to programming that supports these initiatives and provides educational opportunities for doing social good.


We provide employees with virtual and in-person opportunities throughout the year. Be it a local tree planting, or company-wide virtual letter writing to educators, our employees take action where help is needed the most. We also have a Skills-Based Volunteering program that works with employees to activate skill sets that can help nonprofit organizations solve technical problems. We scope projects together with the organization and train employees to understand their impact.

Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization helping people who have been forced to flee their homes. We partnered together to solve information security issues for an NRC product called NRC Core that manages the information and relationship of these people in need. After twelve sessions, GitHub’s security threat modeling project concluded with a series of recommendations for protecting data and staff that the NRC Digital Transformation team will work to implement.

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Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) works to reduce poverty and inequality and advance infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean through financial and technical support. We partnered to develop a data-driven solution to help the team locate appropriate areas to build new schools based on population density, growth, and need in Brazil. Using UrbanPy, an open source data model, this tool will help government urban planners collaborate with open source communities to leverage available data for school locations to improve accessibility, especially in remote locations.

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Friends of the Urban Forest

Friends of the Urban Forest

Founded in 1981, Friends of the Urban Forest is a nonprofit organization committed to revitalizing San Francisco’s urban forest, building community, and taking a local leadership role in mitigating global environmental problems—all through the simple act of planting and caring for trees and sidewalk gardens. Since 2021, GitHub has partnered with them to plant, prune, and protect trees in San Francisco with employee volunteers.

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We encourage GitHub employees to double their impact with our company match program by donating to nonprofit organizations they are passionate about. Our goal is to inspire, assist, and highlight their meaningful contributions.

Photo Credit: The Seeing Eye

The Seeing Eye

The Seeing Eye's mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of people who are blind through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs. In October 2022, GitHub employees fundraised during our annual giving campaign to name three pups: Octo, Mona, and Hubot.

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Hack The Hood

Hack The Hood

Hack the hood provides youth and communities of color with tech skill-building programs and career navigation support that are grounded in justice and ensure economic mobility. We work in tandem with Hack The Hood in particular to create opportunities for Bay Area youth who are interested in a career in tech. Over the years, we’ve collaborated to host panel discussions, inspirational letter writing to students by GitHub Universe attendees, and more.

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Employee Donations

Employee spotlight

GitHub Employee Demi Wright (@demiwright) was introduced to the National Brain Tumor Society in late 2018 after her father, Gary, was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor. She created Team Gary’s Girls and participated in her first Bay Area Walk for a cure in San Francisco in June 2019. She says “My Dad was able to join us for the walk and he even completed the entire 5k by wheelchair. We won for the largest team that year with 100+ walkers! Sadly, my Dad passed away less than two months later on August 7, 2019.”

Since his death, she has continued his fight against cancer by promoting awareness, raising funds, and supporting patients and caregivers. Since the creation of Gary’s Girls she has raised almost $40,000 for the cause.

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If you would like to learn more about our programming, partner with us, or get in touch, contact our team today.

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