Pledge 1% today, make an enormous impact tomorrow.


You choose how to incorporate the Pledge into your company. We help you get there. Pledge 1% Boston is here to support you as you think about community and what giving back means to your company culture.

In the spirit of “think globally, act locally,” our goal is to empower founders and companies of all sizes to give back in ways that matter most to them, and to make it easy for you.

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Who's Doing It In Boston



Pledging is good for you, your employees, the value of your company...and oh yeah, your community (#quadruplewin). More than ever, companies (and their employees)  are civically minded and prioritize having a positive impact on the world.

Pledge 1% Boston encourages and challenges founders and CEOs to pledge 1% of equity (either personal or company equity), product, and employee time for their communities, and help put that intent into action.

Pledge 1% Boston is the local embodiment of the broader global movement, Pledge 1%. The movement was sparked by three companies in 2014 - Salesforce, Atlassian, and Rally - to change the world through inspiring early–stage corporate philanthropy. TUGG and the Boston Foundation are excited to spearhead this movement in Boston.



You make the pledge, we help you implement it. The sooner you start, the easier it is to incorporate the pledge into the DNA of your company. By its nature, the Pledge is meant to evolve with you as you grow from seed stage to post-IPO.

You don’t have to have all the answers today, you simply have to want to be a part of the movement and join together with the Boston tech ecosystem to make an impact.


Pledge 1% Equity

Pledge 1% of your personal or company equity to your community. We make it easy for you to join entrepreneurial leaders across the country who are giving back. Your pledge of 1% can make a world of difference in your community and your company's culture.


Pledge 1-1-1

Pledge 1% of your company's equity, time, and product. It's easy to get started and harnessing 1% of each of these resources drives the greatest impact on your community and your company's culture.

Pledge 1% Profit

Profit pledges are a good way to join for public or more mature companies that would like a percentage of their profits to impact their communities and/or nonprofit partners. Please chat with us before submitting this pledge so we can help you strategize and formalize.



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About Us


Pledge 1% Boston

Pledge 1% Boston is the regional initiative of the global Pledge 1% movement, which catalyzes startups and other innovation economy players to make supporting their communities integral to what they do. By pledging a small portion of their future success today, companies can have an enormous impact.

Individuals and companies may pledge 1% equity of their company for the benefit of Greater Boston—or anywhere in the country or the world. If you are an entrepreneur, founder, investor or general supporter of connecting innovation economy stakeholders with local change, learn more and join us!

Globally, over 6,000 companies in over 150 countries have already pledged 1% to nonprofit causes and programs, and dozens have made the pledge locally in Boston.

Pledge 1% Boston is an initiative powered by both the Boston Foundation and TUGG.


Who is the Boston Foundation?

As Greater Boston’s community foundation, the Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. In everything they do, the Boston Foundation seeks to broaden participation, foster collaboration and heal racial, ethnic and community divisions in Greater Boston.


Who is TUGG?

TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) is the nonprofit arm of Boston’s tech community. The organization engages and connects tech entrepreneurs and their companies with the most innovative social enterprises serving under-resourced youth in Greater Boston. In addition to its community engagement platform, TUGG is one of the only funders of experimental youth-focused social enterprises in Boston.








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