As growth stage software investors, Insight has the privilege to help our companies and entrepreneurs navigate periods of rapid scaling. However, our pursuit of growth and opportunity extend beyond the companies we invest in. We believe that positively impacting our larger community is core to who we are, and we take this responsibility seriously.
Four years ago, we created Insight Impact with the goal of providing a centralized, collaborative, and enjoyable way for Insight employees to demonstrate a commitment to giving back. The Impact team is made up of a group of volunteers across our Investment, Onsite, and Finance and Operations teams, with the goal of engaging employees with impactful community work.
Insight Impact's 2019 and 2020 Highlights
Historically, Insight Impact has put together at least one philanthropic event per quarter. These include Suit Up mentorship events, visits to Blythedale Children’s Hospital, and Thanksgiving food drives at NYC’s City Harvest.
As 2020 got underway, Impact’s mission became even more vital. As COVID-19 and a social justice movement gripped the country, Impact collected and vetted tens of social justice organizations, curating high-impact causes into an easily accessible database. Employees could use this database to discover notable charities, or add in their own. Insight’s General Partners generously matched donations 2:1, resulting in a tremendous outpouring of financial support that continues to grow.
But dollars alone were not enough. Insight employees took action and delivered pizzas to healthcare workers, sewed masks for NYC hospitals, and repurposed lunch money towards supporting local restaurants. Impact launched a guided book club focused on issues of racial injustice, and encouraged employees to engage in difficult conversations around systemic inequality. We even re-examined our own recruiting practices and launched an ambitious new initiative to increase access to historically under-represented groups in our industry. Our Impact team has grown rapidly as well; an indication of the breadth of work that still remains.
Insight’s high-growth portfolio companies support their communities. Read this blog to see how a select few are making a difference.