A lot has changed since DocuSign’s launch in 2003. What began as one small office in downtown Seattle has grown to a global company with offices across the globe–from England, to Australia, to Singapore.

But one thing has stayed the same: Our employees are some of the most community-driven and passionate people we know. On 15th November, they’ll be working together to make a difference in their local communities. Here’s how:

The Story of DocuSign IMPACT

In early 2015, we chose to harness the dedication of our employees and create DocuSign IMPACT, our global initiative to transform lives by transforming non-profit organisations around the world. As a company, we’d place the causes our employees cared about front and centre by providing them volunteer-time-off (VTO) to spend working with local philanthropic organisations of their choice. We’d also harness the power of our technology and our profits to empower nonprofits around the globe.

Fast-forward two-and-a-half years and we’re on the eve of our third annual Global IMPACT Day. On 15th November, one thousand of DocuSign’s employees in London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Dublin and two dozen cities around the globe will shove back their desks, roll up their sleeves, and devote the day to planting trees, ladling soup, mentoring young people, and more.

To give us a deeper look inside Global IMPACT Day and the philosophy behind it, we sat down with Seattle chair Ryan Adkins, and San Francisco co-chair Megan Soldati.

Why are you passionate about giving back?

Ryan: For me, giving fulfills a need to connect with others outside of my immediate friends and family. By going into the community, you can find people and causes with real needs for your skills, energy, and resources. Giving back is the most practical way to build a community worth living in.

In 2013, I founded Kilometers for Cancer, a charitable organisation in my hometown community of Kenmore. The effort has been a labor of love; we partner with local hospitals, national research foundations and local high schools to put on a 10k/5k run/walk to benefit Lymphoma Research foundation. Each year (2017 was our fifth) we get together to raise awareness and funds for those affected directly and indirectly by cancer.

Megan: In college, I learned the phrase “men and women for and with others”. I love the impact a human connection can have – whether that’s serving food to an individual who is homeless, teaching soccer to a child with special needs, or writing letters to soldiers overseas.

Giving back can come in so many forms, from one time actions to weekly commitments; they can be small actions or grand gestures; they can take place in your backyard or in another country. It’s a chance for us to connect with others on a human level- to support, to love, and to be there for one another despite any and all differences that would typically divide us.

What is your action for non-DocuSign people reading this blog?

Megan: Share about Global IMPACT Day and DocuSign’s commitment to giving back to our local communities! We may be a global company, but Global IMPACT Day brings everyone together in a sense of solidarity as we give back to our neighbours – it’s something that makes DocuSign stand out and we’re proud to be part of this community.

Ryan: The IMPACT of one person cannot be overlooked. As Mother Theresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”

What’s your favourite giving back story?

Megan: Each year, I use some of my VTO days to volunteer at Exceptional Needs Network’s Camp Arroyo. I’ve spent a week there every summer since I was 14 years old. It’s the only overnight summer camp for kids with special needs in the Bay Area with 1:1 counselor:camper support. The people I’ve met and the relationships I’ve formed through Camp Arroyo have been some of the most challenging and inspirational I’ve ever experienced. I’m so grateful for DocuSign and their mission, allowing me to continue to be at my favorite place each summer.

Ryan: When I heard about the nonprofit Birthday Dreams, I was immediately moved and look forward to participating there. Their charter is to bring joy to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party.

If there’s a non-profit you care about that doesn’t use DocuSign yet, our Product Donation Program and partnership with Techsoup can help – it’s a great way for non-profits to get access to our world-class technology while saving time and money to focus on fulfilling their missions.

Getting Involved

This year, in London, our employees will be returning to help The Selby Trust. This charity was set up in 1992 by local people who recognised the need for a multi-purpose centre led by the community and third sector organisations.

Want to learn more about DocuSign IMPACT? Visit our website here.