The RJMetrics Charity Drive gets better every year, and we’ve got the data to prove it. Our team’s contributions grew both in terms of number of donations and donation amount, and I couldn’t be prouder.

A little background: This was our third annual charity drive. Rather than choose one cause for our company to back, we encourage team members to evaluate a variety of charitable organizations, then choose for themselves where to dedicate their time and money.

The charity drive ran from December 1st (Giving Tuesday) through New Year’s Eve. Here’s how we we improved on last year’s numbers:

  • 139 donations (63 anonymous) – a huge increase from last year’s total of 93
  • 465 people hours – another big step up from the 309 hours spent in 2014
  • $49,764.67 donated – up 28% from $38,763.80

Some other, less quantifiable donations included teddy bears, blood, food, and under-desk stationary bikes. An extremely generous team member even donated 10 inches of their hair to the American Cancer Society.

GiveDirectly received the most cash contributions (51% of the total) for the third year in a row. We also worked with GiveDirectly on several pro bono data analysis projects.

In terms of hours, Spark Philadelphia received the majority of our time (48% of our total hours) for the third year in a row. Spark works to increase high school graduation rates by matching at-risk middle school students with mentors at local companies. We’ve been working with Spark since they first came to Philadelphia a few years ago, and I’m very proud that our team spent another 226 hours this past year on such a great cause.

As always, we’ll look to improve on these numbers for next year. If you’d like to support our top charities, you can contribute directly using the links below: