We at AppliedTrust strongly believe in giving back to the community in which we live, and we pursue this in several ways.
Culture of Giving
AppliedTrust is a member of Boulder County's "Culture of Giving" initiative, a joint effort of The Community Foundation and other Boulder businesses. This group's mission is to create a stronger, more connected community by providing the resources, information and tools to build upon Boulder County's growing philanthropic culture.
Business Partners, a program of The Community Foundation, is one of the components of the Culture of Giving initiative in Boulder County. It recognizes businesses that donate a percentage of their pre-tax profits to charitable organizations in the community. As a Business Partner, AppliedTrust has committed to giving 2 percent or more of our pre-tax profits annually to the nonprofit(s) of our choice. The program recognizes gifts of cash, in-kind services and goods, and employee volunteerism that consists of paid time-off during normal working hours. One way in which AppliedTrust fulfills its Culture of Giving Business Partner commitment is by sponsoring local charitable events.
Many of AppliedTrust's sponsorship efforts involve local technology-related events. These include hosting monthly Boulder Linux User Group (BLUG), Drupal Boulder (DBUG), DevOps Boulder, and Boulder Music Tech Hackers meetups at our office, as well as regularly sponsoring annual events such as TEDx Boulder and Boulder Startup Week. We also were a sponsor of the 2015 NewCo Boulder event, which included hosting a session led by AppliedTrust co-founder and co-CEO Net McClain titled "Building an open book company of peers."
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
AppliedTrust also volunteers time and resources to benefit the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Although most of AppliedTrust's work has been behind the scenes, it has had a beneficial, long-term impact on the Humane Society and the community it supports.
AppliedTrust has focused its efforts on upgrading and improving the Humane Society's technology infrastructure, with the goal of making the Humane Society Web site more efficient and more secure. One of AppliedTrust's contributions was donating a new server to host the Web site. This dedicated server replaced the shared environment where the Humane Society site was previously hosted, and the upgrade to a modern Linux architecture greatly increased the flexibility that can be employed to provide enhanced information and services to site visitors. AppliedTrust also worked closely with the Humane Society staff to create an efficient system for posting photos and information for all of the Shelter's adoptable companion animals. The site features up-to-the-hour pictures and descriptions, which are automatically updated directly from the Shelter's database. AppliedTrust was named a co-winner of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley's Distinguished Service Award for 2002 for its contributions to the nonprofit organization over the previous year. AppliedTrust is also an annual sponsor of Humane Society events such as the "Cause for Paws" and "Puttin' on the Leash" fundraisers.