Innosphere adopts pledge program to help inspire corporate philanthropy

Monday October 22, 2018 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, Innosphere, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, Pledge 1% Colorado, Matt Zwiebel, Scott Sampl, Ray Caraway, Ella Fahrlander

FORT COLLINS -- Innosphere, Colorado’s leading incubator for science and technology-based startup and scaleup companies, announced a partnership with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and Pledge 1% Colorado to offer Innosphere client companies opportunities for long-term giving and to inspire early-stage corporate philanthropy.Innosphere_logo_USE

Pledge 1% Colorado has generated more than $7.5 million in community funding for impactful nonprofits and has provided hundreds of hours of volunteer service across Colorado’s Front Range.

"Working alongside Innosphere and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado presents an opportunity for a brand-new pool of promising companies to give where it matters most," said Matt Zwiebel, director of Pledge 1% Colorado.

"We've been fortunate enough to work with over 200 Colorado companies who have made their community a stakeholder in their business and we look forward to seeing the long-term economic advantages up and down the Front Range."

In the Pledge 1% philanthropic model, companies can pledge either 1% of equity, annual profit, employee time, or company product to nonprofits of their own choosing.

“We’ve seen a rise in the number of companies that want to make the community a stakeholder in their companies,” said Scott Sampl, Innosphere operations director.

“It’s an easy way for entrepreneurs to give, and it starts with an easy pledge form on the Pledge 1% Colorado website.”

“This program approaches philanthropy with an innovative lens,” said Ray Caraway, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado president and CEO. 

“The Foundation is excited to partner with Innosphere and Pledge 1% Colorado to help startups consider the community impact their company can make both from an economic as well as a philanthropic perspective.”

“We’re your partner in philanthropy, and excited to partner with Innosphere to help entrepreneurs build lasting legacies for their companies that are easily shared by all their employees,” said Ella Fahrlander, VP of community engagement for the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.

Innosphere is a nonprofit incubator that does not take equity in the companies it supports. Companies pledging 1% equity will direct where they want their philanthropy funds invested, and have the opportunity to direct a portion of their funds back to Innosphere’s nonprofit 501(c)(3) to provide the incubator with funding to launch new initiatives.

Any funds directed to Innosphere through the Pledge 1% program will not go toward operational support.

Innosphere’s program supports science and technology-based companies throughout Colorado. The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado works with all companies on their philanthropic goals regardless of geographic location; however, an Innosphere company not located in Northern Colorado could choose to house their 1% equity in another Colorado foundation such as the Community Foundation Boulder County, the Rose Community Foundation or the Denver Foundation. Pledge 1% founding partners include Salesforce, Atlassian and Rally Software.

“We’re excited to offer every Innosphere company the opportunity to invest in philanthropy when there’s an exit,” said Sampl.

For more information on Innosphere, contact Sampl at [email protected] or 970.222.3493.

For more information on Pledge 1% Colorado, contact Zwiebel at [email protected] or 303.442.0436.

For more information on the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, contact Fahrlander at [email protected] or 970.488.1979.