Why Take the Pledge

Pledge 1% is a global movement that encourages and empowers companies of all sizes and stages to donate 1% of their staff time, product, profit, and/or equity to ANY charity of their choosing. We provide a simple, flexible, and scaleable model to integrate giving back into the DNA of all companies, especially startups. Already thousands of companies around the world have taken the pledge, and dozens of VCs, incubators, and conferences have joined to push the movement forward.

At Pledge 1%, we believe that all companies have the capacity to give, and our team is here to help map out a timeline and giving plan that aligns with your values and larger business goals. YOU can be a driver of this movement and shift the culture to help companies stand at the forefront of both economic and social change.

If you are a CEO/founder, or have the authority to take the pledge for your company, don’t waste another minute.


If you’re not a CEO and/or you’re not ready to join yet, we’d still love for you to get involved in the movement! We have a number of opportunities for people to serve as ambassadors and to connect with the other leaders in our network.
“Take the pledge as early as possible. Since Pledge 1% makes it easy, you can keep your focus on your business.”

Ron Conway, Founder & Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel, Pledge 1% Founding Member

Benefits of Pledging 1%

Pledge 1%’s community of like-minded leaders will help build your network.

  • Position your company as an influencer in the movement.
  • Connect with other Pledge 1% members and gain extra visibility and perks at major events.
  • Leverage our platform to talk about your company’s story and values.
  • Be seen as a leader and pioneer in the industry.

Pledge 1% boosts your bottom line.

  • 87% of consumers believe corporations should place equal weight on business and supporting communities.
  • 59% of Americans are more likely to buy a product associated with a corporate-nonprofit partnership.
  • Companies with engaged employees see a 26% higher revenue per employee & 13% higher total returns to stakeholders.

Pledge 1% helps you hire and keep top talent.

  • 60%+ of Millennials state that a “sense of purpose” is a key reason why they work for their current employers.
  • Companies with giving programs have 2.3 times the employee retention rate.

Pledge 1% is easy to implement.

  • Receive turn-key solutions to engage employees, consumers, and partners around your program.
  • Gain access to tools to launch and grow your giving program and 1-on-1 advice from the Pledge 1% team.

Everyone can make a difference. Be a part of something bigger than yourself. Help lead the movement and join Pledge 1% today.