Social impact at Zendesk
We believe in service
Social Impact is ever-evolving—as are the challenges our world faces—but here’s how we’re currently serving.
At Zendesk we are driven by a simple intention: be helpful.
Our products make it simple for companies to be helpful to their customers. Social Impact at Zendesk has a similar goal — to make sure our company is helpful to individuals, to communities, and to the planet. By harnessing our people, products, and resources, we commit to being a force for good in the places where we live and work.
33% of employees volunteered 6+ hours in 2019
100+ employees on our global social impact committees
22k hours of volunteering in 2019
Serving with our people
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zendesk employees pivoted from in-person to virtual volunteering, responding in real time to the needs of community partners around the world and giving more than 370 hours toward COVID-19-related aid.
Globally, employees mobilized to translate essential COVID-19 news into the languages spoken in their regions. Organizing via a new #volunteer-translate Slack channel, 127 employees in London, Manila, Montpellier, San Francisco, Dublin, Krakow, and Madison translated critical information for nonprofits, healthcare facilities, and homebound senior citizens. The Zendesk team in Manila even helped the Philippines Department of Health disseminate pandemic guidelines throughout the entire country.
Sharing our products
Through giving away Zendesk products — and skilled employees to help implement them — Tech for Good allows nonprofits to maximize their helpfulness. Using our software, community organizations are better able to track volunteers and donations, release emergency response resources, and give clients personalized help.
Tech for Good stories
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps refugees and displaced peoples rebuild their lives in more than 40 countries and 20 U.S. cities. IRC has used Zendesk Sell since November 2019 to easily check in each asylum seeker, ensuring no one falls through the cracks. IRC has completed the intake process for 650 families and more than 800 children with Zendesk.
Stay in touch
Employees at Fluyt, a small communication consulting company in Bogota, Columbia, knew that their information sharing skills could be essential to helping educate others on COVID-19. Using Zendesk Guide, the team created masuno.app — a content hub with more than 500 articles ranging from mental health resources to updated shelter-in-place protocols. More recently, Fluyt created a call center for volunteers to connect patrons with resources for food, shelter, and medicine.
Giving our money
St. Kilda Mums, a Melbourne, Australia, nonprofit that collects gently used baby gear to donate to families in need, used a $45,000 donation from the Zendesk Neighbor Foundation to build a new warehouse that tripled the nonprofit’s impact.
Previously, St. Kilda Mums placed families on a waitlist for essential childcare items given its limited office space to fit donations and volunteers. Now, St. Kilda Mums helps three times as many families — with room to spare.
How and where we donate
The Zendesk Neighbor Foundation provides financial and strategic support to organizations committed to neighborhood renewal in the cities surrounding Zendesk’s 11 offices, across 10 countries worldwide.
$1.3m donated to local nonprofits since 2015