The Spark Baltimore-based software company said it is matching individual donations to nonprofits in Baltimore and Montgomery, Alabama — the two cities where it has large bases of employees. The company selected orgs that are working on racial justice initiatives and serving underrepresented communities of color.
It’s a response to the summer’s rekindled Black Lives Matter movement that came from the company’s team.
“In response to the killing of George Floyd and the following protests and action, we called a family meeting to give our team members a space to share,” Fearless CEO Delali Dzirasa said in a news release. “The meeting resulted in a list of actions we could take as a company to address racial injustice and one of the top ideas the Fearless family wanted to see was a donation matching program.”
For the nine organizations — six in Baltimore (where it’s headquartered) and three in Montgomery — the company is matching donations up to $50,000. It’ll match the contributions through the end of 2020, and distribution began this week.
The match is available to anyone who lives in either Baltimore or Montgomery. To have your donation matched, submit a donation receipt or other proof of donation to Fearless.
The team each year aside funds for community orgs, but this year the team members were looking to inspire others. It’s a sign of how the tech community can galvanize others to support locally, as we also saw when SmartLogic donated to Black-led orgs amid the protests in June.
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