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The Pay IT Forward Project

Buying IT Has Never Felt So Good!

Let's Pay IT Forward

Toward the end of 2019, when our team started to discuss what we wanted to do to thank our customers for a great year, we kept running in to the same problem: nothing felt right. We didn't feel like cookies and charcuterie boards did our customers justice.

So, we decided to ask our customers to join us in our mission and do some good together –- and we called it "The Pay IT Forward Project".  We asked our customers: You wanna forego your Christmas gift from PivIT and we'll put that money towards two organizations (Every Child PDX and Angels Foster Care) who are changing the lives of kids?  We were amazed by the outpouring of "Love it!", "Yes!  I want in", and "Screw my PivIT cookies, I want to give back!"

Little did we know, that what started as a seasonal Christmas project would take on a life of its own.  Cue: The Pay IT Forward Project year round mission! 

This is Where YOU Come In

When you place an order with PivIT, you can feel good knowing a portion of that sale is going to a youth who wants to break the cycle of their family's poverty by having a career in the IT industry.

Don't worry, we've kept it simple. When your order is completed, a portion of that money goes straight to CADA and Holla Mentors -- two vetted organizations we hunted high and low for -- who mentor and  fund STEAM schools and camps for at-risk kids who are interested in IT subjects.

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The Impact is Substantial

We've published some great resources for you to learn about the project. Click below!

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Our Partnerships

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Mission: To change the narrative of youth of color through culturally responsive relationships.

How They Do It: 

HOLLA is a grassroots culturally responsive mentorship movement that connects with families, administrators, teachers, and nonprofits to recognize the power and potential of Black and Brown youth.  

PivIT is stoked to partner with HOLLA Mentors to launch Holla  Academy in Fall 2022, which will be the first STEAM school of its kind in inner city Portland.   

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Mission: Building a safer, healthier community by preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse.

How They Do It:

School-Based Programs like "CARE" (elementary school counseling), "START" (a program strengthening mental health in youth, the "Fight Back Mentor Program" serving 118 students, or the Friday Night Live/Club Live Leadership Program. 

CADA is a feet-on-the-ground kind of organization, and PivIT is excited to partner with them to support youth in the Santa Barbara greater community

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“I think this is the best holiday gifting idea and experience I've ever received or been a part of.”

Josh C.
Network Engineer, Fortune 500 Fin-Tech Firm

“This is really cool and I appreciate the generous donation to the mentor programs! That's what the holidays are all about to me.”

Kellie R.
VP Networks, Global Telecommunications Firm

Together, With YOU, The Pay IT Forward Project Will Change Lives

We've kept it easy: 

  • You buy from PivIT
  • PivIT gives 1% of that sale to Holla Mentors in Portland, OR and CADA of Santa Barbara, CA
  • You feel awesome because you know your IT purchase is changing kids' lives
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Pay IT Forward is Here to Stay

Last year at Christmas, we launched the Pay IT Forward Project.  We weren't sure how it would land with our customers, but we thought it was a pretty stellar idea.  Well, you let us know —loud and clear —how much you loved it, so it's here to stay! 

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PivIT Partners with HOLLA Mentors

PivIT and Holla Mentors stratagize together to get kids interested in STEAM subjects, in the Portland, Oregon metro area.  

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The Pay IT Forward Project: Here's What Happened in 2019

This year we did our holiday giving a little different. Instead of the normal 'meat and cheese basket', we invented our customers to help us live out our mission.

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Here's the Difference You Made

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Your purchase from PivIT Global reaches far and wide.  Like 20 bikes, 100 Boxes of Love, 200+ youth mentored, kind of wide.  

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A Note from PivIT's CEO, Justin Sparks

(Written November 2019, when The Pay IT Forward Project all began)

It's been projected that more than $1 Trillion will be spent on holiday gifts this year in the US alone... it also takes a lot less to do a whole lot of good in our local communities.  You may know that, as a company, we have chosen to make supporting at-risk youth our mission here at PivIT Global.

When we sat down with our team to discuss what we wanted to do to show our appreciation for you, our customers, we noticed that just like in years past, a basket with some cookies and a stick of salami just didn't do YOU justice... we wanted to do more.  So we decided to create the Pay IT Forward Project to invite you to take part in the very thing that makes us who we are: our mission.

The Pay IT Forward Project is an invitation for you to tell us how we should use the money we would have spent on a holiday gift!  We've chosen two fantastic charities for you to choose from and donate your holiday gift money to do a ton of good around the country.

If you'd like to learn more about the Pay IT Forward Project, we've published some great resources for you to learn more about the project and what we hope to accomplish with it - as well as more detailed information about how it all works.

I thank you for reading and, on behalf of our entire team here at PivIT Global, wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season.

Here's to a stellar 2020! 

Justin Sparks
Managing Partner
PivIT Global, Inc.

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