Since 2010, our firm has come together bi-annually to raise money through a digital auction for worthy causes. Through the years, the beneficiaries and goals we’ve worked toward have changed — from building a kindergarten in Vietnam to building sanitation facilities in Uganda. But one thing that hasn’t changed is Prophet’s commitment to making a tangible impact in our global communities through Prophet Impact (formerly Prophet for Nonprofit). Each time, we’ve been able to surpass our previous fundraising total. This year, we weren’t sure what to expect. We’re working remotely, living through a pandemic, and in some cases, dealing with uncertain financial situations. So, we went into this year’s auction with a different goal — 100 percent participation. No bid or donation too small, just the hope that everyone would take part in whatever way they could.
We were blown away. Not only did everyone across all 12 of our global offices jump in whole-heartedly to help us reach our participation goal, we raised over $50,000 for COVID-relief efforts in our local communities.
The auction is an opportunity for us to unite as a firm and share our passions, hobbies and skills. In total, 503 items were donated and 414 bidders battled it out to claim their items. From life-changing tahini chocolate chip cookies to Tik Tok tutorials, ghostwritten holiday cards or a deep dive into 80s post-punk, the creativity was out in full force. Hot ticket items included a weekend of goat yoga in the Catskills and one of our consultant’s famous briskets (devoured many times by Propheteers in our Chicago office).
With everyone showcasing what they love, it was also a chance to connect with one another. People across the firm found kindred spirits in a fellow cyclist or reality TV superfan. This year — more than ever — it was a much-needed boost to our spirits. It made our bonds even stronger and helped us continue to build our global community — all for a good cause. And our participation goal meant everyone played a part, whether by bidding or donating an item. It also meant some friendly cross-office competition to be the first to reach that 100 percent.
The money we raised will go to organizations tackling issues across the pandemic —including food insecurity, support for essential workers and services for people impacted most by the COVID-19 crisis:
We’re incredibly grateful to be able to help these organizations. And we appreciate their hard work, dedication and resilience in this moment.
If you’re a nonprofit, learn about all the programs we support through our Prophet Impact initiative. If your business or organization is ready to establish a corporate social responsibility program like this, reach out to speak with some of our Organization & Culture team. Connect with us.