‘Tis the season of giving! This year HubSpot held its 6th annual Charity Auction, which raised a total of $62,583 for charities around the world. HubSpottters donated an array of goods and services to be bid on by their colleagues in exchange for a charitable donations, with the proceeds going to three major charities: BUILD in Boston, United Way Youth Venture, The Malala Fund, Barnados and World Vision Ireland.
Each year the charity auction gives HubSpotters the chance to put their hearts on their sleeves, flex their creativity, and give back in a meaningful (and sometimes entertaining) way.
Silent auction donations included everything from baked goods to an “Epic Tour of Boston’s North End” to an introductory flight lesson in a Piper A28 aircraft. But the biggest ticket items were reserved for a live auction on Monday evening and it did not disappoint. A few highlights include:
- The opportunity for two HubSpotters to increase their fame with a guest blog post and social promotion from the one and only Dharemsh Shah, HubSpot co-founder and CTO. The winning bids: $1,625, each.
- A custom rap song, written and performed by two HubSpotters. The winning bid: $1,500.
- A trip for eight to Mohegan Sun with HubSpot CFO John Kinzer and VP of Global Sales Strategy and Operations David McNeil. The winning bid: $4,080
- A home bartending course for four, complete with cocktail mixing sets to take home for each. Winning bid: $1,400
“The annual charity auction is one of my favorite HubSpot traditions,” said HubSpot COO JD Sherman. “It’s always an entertaining and fun event but but above all, it’s heartwarming to see everyone not only donate their money but also their time and unique skills to some fantastic causes.”
For the first time this year, proceeds from the HubSpot Charity Auction went to five dedicated charities that HubSpot has worked in different ways throughout the year to support. The charities range in scale and focus from local to global.
BUILD in Boston teaches entrepreneurship to more that 250 at-risk Boston youth to help them succeed in high school, college, and life. Over the past year, HubSpot has worked with BUILD youth entrepreneurs both on- and off-site to help students launch and manage real, licensed businesses.
Similarly, United Way Youth Venture helps young entrepreneurs develop and pitch ideas with real community impact, and ultimately awards funding to bring them to fruition. HubSpot works with these youth to develop leadership skills, build confidence, and learn how to identify and solve complex problems. Above all, these aspiring entrepreneurs are given the chance to make lasting positive change on both their communities and themselves.
The Malala Fund, inspired by co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, works tirelessly to enable girls around the world to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and become positive change-makers in their families and communities. Malala Fund has had a presence at the past two INBOUND conferences, and HubSpot is proud to continue supporting the mission of equal educational rights for girls around the world.
Barnados, supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos works with children who face barriers in reaching their full potential - barriers like poverty, abuse, neglect, bereavement or poverty. Their mission is to make Ireland the best place in the world to be a child. They also speak out for all children in Ireland through advocacy, policy and campaigning to ensure that Ireland is a country where all children are cherished equally.
World Vision Ireland, part of World Vision International, is one of the world’s leading international relief and development agencies. They work towards ending poverty and fighting hunger and injustice through our child sponsorship and long term development programmes. They work with communities to tackle the causes of poverty and provide relief in emergency situations around the world such as flooding, earthquakes and tyhpoons.