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Activate Good Inc.

People-powered Projects for Good

Raleigh, NC   |  www.activategood.org

Mission

We believe we all have a responsibility to work towards a better world. That’s why Activate Good improves our community through people-powered projects for good. Activate Good envisions a world in which all people realize and act on their power to improve their communities.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Amber Smith

Main address

1053 East Whitaker Mill Road Suite 115

Raleigh, NC 27604 USA

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Formerly known as

ME3

EIN

20-3057526

NTEE code info

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thousands of local causes depend on volunteers to operate and make a dent in vital social issues, yet only about 1 in 4 locals in our community volunteer each year. Activate Good aims to activate volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community and inspire thousands of new area residents to get engaged in the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Volunteer Community

The Volunteer Community is our online platform that connects volunteers and nonprofits to one another while facilitating sign ups for volunteer activities, and tracking volunteer hours and impacts. The Volunteer Community also encompasses our large-scale days of service, such as National Volunteer Week, 9/11 Day of Service, and others.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through our Youth Volunteer Programs, Activate Good developed and integrated an elective curriculum into local High Schools that will teach students how to volunteer and find community resources about volunteerism and social change, how to create, conduct, and lead service projects and efforts and all about prominent social issues and causes and approaches to solving them. Students taking the course will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on service projects, discussion and debates, and to meet community leaders working on our area's issues everyday.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Independent Weekly Citizens Award 2010

Independent Weekly

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2022

Points of Light Global Network 2013

Points of Light Global Network 2014

Points of Light Global Network 2015

Points of Light Global Network 2016

Points of Light Global Network 2017

Points of Light Global Network 2018

Points of Light Global Network 2019

Points of Light Global Network 2020

Points of Light Global Network 2021

Points of Light Global Network 2022

Points of Light Global Network 2023

Youth Volunteer Corps 2022

Youth Volunteer Corps 2023

Better Business Bureau 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteer connections

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Volunteer Community

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our platform tracks the number of volunteer connections or signups through our website, as well as offline matches made through other programs and corporate initiatives.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe we all have a responsibility to work towards a better world. That’s why Activate Good improves our community through people-powered projects for good.

Activate Good envisions a world in which all people realize and act on their power to improve their communities.

Activate Good works to connect people day to day to opportunities to make an impact with hundreds of local causes. We also have a 3 part long-term vision to make our region #1 in the nation in volunteering, including:

1) Improving access to volunteerism by integrating ways to get involved in local schools, companies, and commercial spaces;

2) Increasing dialogue about volunteering by engaging the media in telling more volunteer stories and encouraging grassroots conversations on community engagement;

3) Bolstering the capacity of causes to effectively manage more volunteers through volunteer management training and resources

With a broad network of over 100 companies and 24,000 individual volunteer users, we are working hard to engage more locals in volunteer action for the benefit of causes.

Volunteers we've connected have been a part of making a big impact in our community. In 2020, 7,555 volunteer connections helped create the following impacts and much more:

* 50,000 laptops and over 10,000 WiFi hotspots distributed to Wake County students in need to learn remotely
* 2,000 handmade courage cards for hospitalized children, including 300 cards in Spanish
* 25,200 diapers packaged and distributed to families in need to keep 504 babies clean and healthy
* 147,191 meals prepared and packaged to feed families and youth in need
* 1,106 messages of companionship and support sent to isolated seniors

More impacts are available at www.activategood.org.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Activate Good Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Olivia Ecker

e-Emphasys Technologies

Term: 2020 - 2026


Board co-chair

Martin Horrocks

BASF

Term: 2020 - 2023

Olivia Ecker

e-Emphasys Technologies

Varsha Chawla

Megan Jones

Red Hat

Gerald Givens

NAACP

William Halvorsen

Holly Watkins

Miles Wobbleton

Smith Anderson

Martin Horrocks

BASF

Ahmad Eied

Connect Cause

India Williams

Cisco

Connor Kirkfarmer

Student U

Maria Barber

Raleigh Housing Authority

Connor ` Brady

NC State University

Sonali Ratnasinghe

General Services Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/08/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.