There’s so much more to business than just what you’re selling. We say it so often, it’s a mantra in the 29 Design Studio offices. So, when we came across The Manifesto of a Doer, it really captivated our team. It’s chock full of inspiration. Especially #21:

“Even though you are busy, make time to help others who are at the start of their journey. Give back. It will help you.”

Our founder Maureen is fresh off a summer of volunteering with a group of 12 students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in their Summer Sandbox, an intense 9-week session of classes aimed at teaching the students how to build an effective startup. Maureen coached the students on streamlining their businesses and taught them how to work branding and marketing strategy into their business plans.

Why spend precious billable hours working with these students? Maureen said:

“I love surrounding myself with anyone who is passionate about what they’re working on. The inspiration is infectious! And I also believe in giving back. I’ve had a lot of people offer to help me grow 29 Design Studio along the way, and it means a lot to me to be able to pay that forward.”

No matter what your business sells, the goal is often the same – you want to change something in the people you encounter. It’s important to our team to make an impact on this world. To make change. To do something important.

Every member of the 29 Design Studio does this individually. Maureen volunteers as a board member and mentor. Madison is active in her community while Jennifer heads a local women’s group and mentors entrepreneurs, too.

Social good is part of our company culture. In addition to the Hobart and William Smith Summer Sandbox, we have contributed time and resources to organizations throughout the US:

  • Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization with experiential programs teaching children and youth about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
  • Great Dames is a networking group focused on connections, empowerment and inspiration for women, by women.
  • Our Children’s Place is a co-operative childcare center that provides accessible, affordable care in a secure, nurturing and creative environment.
  • The PMD Foundation serves those affected by Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease through education, research, service and advocacy.

Have you thought about the commitment your business makes to your community?

Madison, Jennifer and Maureen all agree that the hands-on experience of mentoring and contributing allows us to see the ripples of impact a little more clearly. Not only is our commitment good for business, but on a personal level, it’s deeply satisfying.

“I’ve intentionally built 29 Design Studio as a business focused on giving back,” Maureen adds. “That intention extends to bringing on team members like Madison and Jennifer who share our commitment to making a difference!”

What’s your favorite way to give back? Do you prefer to donate your time or resources? What do you get out of giving back? We want to hear how you make an impact!