Every day, Comtrade’s team of more than 1,000 software engineers can be found working diligently to provide solutions to some of the world’s most complex enterprise technology problems.Meanwhile, a group of dedicated people more than 4,000 miles away in Boston is counteracting gang violence to improve dangerous neighborhoods. College Bound Dorchester is a disruptive, innovative nonprofit organization that infiltrates gangs, gives gang members a path to college and works to reverse the negative influences in neighborhoods in pursuit of better economic growth.
So what to do these two seemingly disparate organizations have in common?
Both are taking on issues that have challenging root causes and breaking apart the inherent complexity. As a result, the people most effected by each organization – in the case of Comtrade, IT directors; for College Bound, gang members and community leaders – have deeer visibility into solutions.
Mark Culliton, CEO of College Bound, recently attended the internal Comtrade event in Croatia to educate company stakeholders and employees about his organization. He spoke about adapting to change and dealing with challenges in extreme environments, a message that resonated with the leadership team. The partnership with College Bound helps maintain a strong company culture with engaged employees who are rallying behind the nonprofit because they see the link between the two organizations’ missions so they want to get involved and help make a difference.
As we move into 2016, we encourage companies like Comtrade to think carefully about entering into a charitable partnership with an organization. True partnerships extend beyond financial donations; the two entities need to feel that the partnership is mutually beneficial for complete success. In the case of College Bound Dorchester, the mission of both companies mapped together nicely, and the nonprofit’s location in Boston only made the partnership more appealing.
We’re looking forward to sharing more news about this partnership in 2016.
As the Financial Times recently reported, companies like Comtrade are being increasingly thoughtful about the nonprofits with whom they partner.