Amid all the talk lately about San Francisco’s navel-gazing, self-interested startup culture and its lack of community involvement (a key criticism of the latest tech boom in David Talbot’s widely-read San Francisco magazine article focused squarely on tech entrepreneurs’ lack of philanthropic activity around town) comes a holiday-themed project called Tech Gives Back. My first reaction upon opening the email announcing it from Twice’s Jenny Ng: Phew! Thank god someone is doing something to show that San Francisco startups are not (completely) filled with a bunch of Bravo-style characters intent only upon Dave McClure’s latest tweets and their next meeting at the Creamery.
Next thought: there should be more startups doing this. Through Dec. 18, participating companies are aiming to raise $50,000 in cash, goods and services to benefit Bay Area non-profit organizations. Even better, they’re using their startup-iness to make the holiday drive more efficient. Startups agreeing to hold clothing drives will receive donation boxes from secondhand style startup Twice to streamline the process, while ZeroCater will handle donation boxes and donation drop-offs for food collected for the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. And Getaround will offer free transportation to startups donating volunteer time to local non-profits and charitable causes. Other participants include Circle CI, Disqus, Dynamic Signal, FamilyLeaf, GitHub, IA Ventures, Joyus, Khan Academy, Massive Health, NerdWallet, Opower, Quantcast, Recurly, Skyfire, Stage Two, SweatGuru, The Muse, Thumbtack, Tog + Porter, TrendPo and Xamarin.
The project is also encouraging cash donations to the Bay Area’s Goodwill of San Francisco, San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Dress for Success San Francisco and Raphael House.
Want in? The project is accepting new participant applications through Dec. 10.
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