We believe that by bringing awareness and collective action, we can change the world, together.
2015 was an eventful year. Not just for Connor, but for the world. As a San Francisco-based company, we were fortunate to be immersed in another tech boom with inspiration and new ideas from every direction. At same time, the world around us endured some of the most unimaginable suffering and loss, from the Syrian refugee crisis and terror attacks in Paris, to unprecedented natural disasters across the world.
In our fast-paced lives, we sometimes fail to reflect on how fortunate we are and how much we take for granted. While we complain about relatively trivial issues like the speed of internet and restaurant service, a large part of this world is struggling for the basic needs in life: shelter, food and water, not to mention dignity and basic human rights.
This year, we at Connor have charged ourselves with helping to raise awareness of the issues affecting so many fellow humans around the world. It’s our way of saying a loud and bold “Hello” to 2016. More importantly, it’s our way of saying, "Let’s not live in fear. Let’s have courage. Let’s lend a helping hand. Let’s empower change and be stronger together."
Inspired by the Salesforce model, Connor have set aside our people’s time and a percentage of our 2015 profit to contribute to the charities and causes most meaningful to our employees. We have researched and ensured our chosen charities operate in a transparent way and have more than 90% of funds used directly for services they deliver. We believe that by bringing awareness and collective action, we can change the world, together.
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“We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.”
The births of nearly 230 million children under age 5 worldwide (about one in three) have never been officially recorded, depriving them of their right to a name and nationality.UNICEF
By giving children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.Save The Children
Children have no control over their environment and their life, which is why in 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which defines children’s rights to protection, education, health care, shelter and good nutrition.
“Women produce half the world’s food, put in two-thirds of the world’s working hours, and yet make only 10 percent of the world’s income. That’s not just disheartening, it’s unjust. We fight for gender equality, because righting this imbalance is key to fighting global poverty.”CARE
Women empowerment needs to be addressed from multiple angles: violence, child marriage, education, and gender equality.
Story about Doris Dillon School in Cambodia from David Gettleman
“This school was started by a former teacher of mine in memory of another former teacher who passed away. The school is an embodiment of this teacher’s passion for education and its importance as a tool for helping people rise out of poverty and improve their standards of living. The Doris Dillon School provides opportunities for young people from some of Cambodia’s most rural and poor areas to attend school and get an education. The school’s Facebook page offers updates on the school’s growth and inspiring success stories of young people who have gone on to pursue higher education after graduation. The school works hard to ensure the highest possible percentage of every donation goes directly to programs helping their students.”
Story from Stephen Lee
“In 2009 I took a weeklong trip to Mexico City to visit a friend who had started a non-profit organization called El Pozo De Vida (The Well of Life). Its aim was to start a holistic safe house for underage victims of human trafficking. At the time, I was at a job I knew would not turn into a long-term career, so shortly after my visit, I decided to move down to Mexico City for a year to help support my friend’s non-profit. During my time there, our group experienced quite a lot of opposition to what we were trying to achieve, driven largely the corruption within the Mexican government. Mexico City was the only place I’d ever been where prostitution and solicitation occurred out in public in broad daylight. Much of the law enforcement patrolling these areas were paid off by local gangs to turn a blind eye.
I left Mexico City in 2011, and shortly afterwards, I found out things were turning around for the better and the non-profit was gaining more support. People in the government even asked my friend Benny who runs the non-profit to help write national legislation for the fight against human trafficking in Mexico.
Although EPDV is helping just a small percentage of people around the world affected by human trafficking, I believe in its integrity and feel confident they will continue make a big impact. They’re attempting things that have not been done in the past, like opening an undercover safe house disguised as a beauty salon in the heart of one of the largest prostitution districts in Latin America and staging block parties with music and messages of love in these same areas.”
“Around the world and around the corner SLAVERY STILL EXISTS -Between 21 million and 30 million men, women and children are enslaved today. That means there are more slaves now than during all the years of the entire transatlantic slave trade combined.”
“795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth.”
“Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year.”UN Food Program
Regardless if the person is far away in a developing country, an elderly or homeless person near home, no one should be deprived of basic human needs.
“AML causes more than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. Just over 25% of all newly diagnosed AML patients survive beyond five years. The standard therapy for AML patients has barely changed in over 30 years. That has to change.”Lukemia Lymphoma Society
We are losing loved ones to diseases and medical conditions beyond our control? People are being misdiagnosed, rare diseases are not getting the resources it need, and perfectly preventable and curable conditions are not being addressed. One day there will be cure for cancer. Why don’t we make that day today? Why don’t we give all children a chance to survive and give our loved ones hope for a future?
Story from Motoki Aihara
“My father was diagnosed with a Stage 4, bladder cancer in November 2015. He had been experienced symptoms like hematuria (bloody urine), however was misdiagnosed for a considerable amount of time despite ongoing annual medical checkups. Apparently, while symptoms of bladder cancer are easily recognized, diagnosis is often delayed or mistaken as urinary tract infections. Although bladder cancer is commonly diagnosed cancer (5th in the U.S), people are unaware of how serious it can be. I am hoping this contribution will raise the awareness of cancer and support the research. With more advanced research, we will improve early diagnosis and reduce misdiagnosis.”
Story from Viresh Chana
“I recently lost two friends to cancer. One of them fought cancer head on and defeated it the first time, but in his early 40s, he lost his life to a second cancer. He has always been an inspiration: a man who was fearless, full of energy and joy, and who said he will not be defeated when faced with cancer. Cancer took his life suddenly, shortly after he visited us in San Francisco. You would never think that someone with such positivity in life is no longer with us. He will remain as an inspiration to us all.
Another childhood friend of mine, just 33, lost his life to testicular cancer shortly after he was married to the girl of his dreams. He lived an extremely healthy lifestyle, and was probably the last person you would imagine to have cancer. We visited his wife subsequent to his passing, and all she spoke of was his strength and hope, even till the last moment of his life. Cancer can affect any one of us, when you least expect it. People say “One day, there will be cure for cancer;” I’d like to help make that day today. There have been so many breakthroughs in cancer research recently. I believe the day is not far away.
Story from Christine Kim’s Friend
“On the morning of June 21, 2015, I received a phone call that would start me on a journey I never expected. I had gone to the doctor a few days prior because I had been experiencing shortness of breath while exerting myself, which was increasing in severity. An x-ray revealed a 40% collapse in my left lung, and an ER visit, chest-tube procedure, and a CT scan revealed a life-altering diagnosis. My lungs were covered in thousands of tiny cysts which drastically reduces the amount of oxygen reaching my blood. The disease is called lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or LAM. There is no cure for LAM. The disease will progress, and I will eventually need to be put on supplemental oxygen. I may need a lung transplant down the road. There is currently only one treatment drug that might slow its progression. Because LAM is so rare – only about 3,000 women in the world have been diagnosed – there may be as many as 250,000 people who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Many doctors, even pulmonary specialists, are not familiar with the disease’s symptoms and often misdiagnose it as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema. The LAM Foundation, founded in 1995, raises money to fund research toward discovering a treatment for this disease. Studying rare diseases gives the scientific community better solutions for more common diseases. Research and clinical trials for LAM could aid in treatments for COPD and breast cancer. By supporting the LAM foundation trials, you are also furthering research on diseases that affect many more people."
“Water is basic human rights.”
“Clean water can reduce water related diseases and increase earning potential of households.”CARE
“Focusing on hygiene and sanitation helps to reduce disease transmission through fecal contamination and unwashed hands. In fact, handwashing has been shown to result in children growing taller, stronger, and smarter”WorldVision
Story from a friend of Sharon Cheng
“This issue has always been of the utmost importance to me because I’m a third-generation Eagle Scout and being off the grid in the outdoors/wilderness has been a big part of my life since I was old enough to walk several miles at a time. Since I have spent so much time living off the land I can tell you the most important thing to have is clean water for drinking, eating, cooking, etc. When hiking I personally use a $200 Katadyn hand pumped water filtration unit that can take-in wet mud and produce 100% clean and pure drinking water. Since it’s not efficient to give everyone in need their own filter, these types of projects where a whole community can get a fresh-water well really make a difference in almost EVERYTHING they do, from sunrise to sunset. Imagine not being able to brush your teeth, or wash your face/body/hair, or even just having a drink when you’re thirsty. The access to clean water for some of these people that have never had it makes the relatively small donation amounts seem really insignificant, and it’s just a bit over $1 per day in some cases. The best part of the specific project donations though, is that you’re not just helping one child or one family but rather an entire village or town for potentially many generations.”
Helping people to meet their basic needs is important, but what about giving people the means to achieve sustainable financial stability? As entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand the importance of access to financial institutions and the marketplace. Giving people the financial tools they need to thrive can improve their lives and break the cycle of poverty.
In some rural parts of the world, little access to banking or financial institutions means many people do not have an easy way to save, obtain loans, or transfer money. As a result their financial security, opportunities for entrepreneurship and financial mobility are restricted. Providing a village with training on microfinance mechanism can help create a platform for people to access more sophisticated financial services as they improve their lives. This mechanism works among illiterate groups, without needing a physical infrastructure or outside funding.http://www.care.org/work/economic-development
Connecting business owners in rural parts of the world with resources and information they need can help them to be successful in a competitive market.
“The rural poor need access to the agricultural inputs and services they need to increase their harvests. They need access to buyers to sell their crops at fair prices. And they need access to products, services like healthcare, education, and household goods to provide their families with the lives they deserve.
It’s important to not only build the skills of poor farmers but creating more inclusive markets and strengthening the links between poor people and the businesses they need in order to improve their lives and escape poverty.”http://www.care.org/work/economic-development/markets
“Decent, stable housing provides more than just a roof over someone’s head, it provides stability for families and children. Sense of dignity and pride. Health, physical safety and security. Increase of educational and job prospects.”
“The world is experiencing a global housing crisis, Worldwide, some 827.6 million people live in urban slums. By 2020, it is estimated the world slum population will reach almost 1 billion.”
“Lack of clean water and sanitation claim the lives of more than 1.8 million young children every year”Habitat for Humanity
“Many nonprofit organizations serve great purposes, but often times do not have the resources available to voice their cause. Our mission is to help other nonprofits tell your story by producing content that serves to inspire change, promote awareness, and empower their viewers.”KeyLight Perspective
This is a charity formed by one of our own employees, Kenneth Tang! The KeyLight Perspective is a nonprofit organization specializing in creating short films and promotional video content for nonprofits.
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