COORDINATION TO SOLVE THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS

Through Founders Pledge, you'll commit to donating a chosen % of your personal exit proceeds to charity.

We've streamlined the process so you can easily support the causes you're passionate about and get back to focusing on your business.

A network of likeminded people.

Founders Pledge isn't just about helping charities. It’s about bringing people together. Getting them to talk to each other and connect around common causes - and actually take part in that change. Pledge today and join a rapidly growing network of successful founders and investors who've all made the same commitment. Our process is simple, quick and secure.
1400 PLEDGES WORTH
$630m
65 EXITS IN DEPLOYMENT
$91m

FOUNDERS WHO'VE PLEDGED

Join our global community who've all committed to do good by pledging to support the social causes they’re passionate about.

Niklas AdalberthFounder of Klarna
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Kathryn PetraliaCo-Founder of Kabbage
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José NevesFounder & CEO of Farfetch
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Founders Pledge is a revolutionary approach to early stage philanthropy.

José Neves, Founder & CEO of Farfetch

Jen O'NealFounder & President of Tripping
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Brynne KennedyFounder and CEO of MOVE Guides
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Miguel McKelveyFounder and CEO of WeWork
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Kris GaleCo-Founder and CEO of Clover Health
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Mada SegheteCo-Founder of Branch Metrics
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Daniel MacklinFounder of SoFi
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Founders Pledge is a great way for entrepreneurs to give back and have a positive impact on society.

Daniel Macklin, Founder of SoFi

Tracy HollandCo-Founder and CEO of HATCHBEAUTY
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Tom GriffithsCo-founder of Fanduel
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Uma ValetiFounder and CEO of Memphis Meats
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William MarshallFounder at Planet
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Sarah WoodFounder, Unruly
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Kathryn MinshewFounder & CEO
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MAKING THE PLEDGE

Designed for time-constrained entrepreneurs who care about creating social impact in their lives, Founders Pledge is an end-to-end solution even if liquidity is quite a ways off. Since our launch in June 2015, we’ve grown into a global community that spans 30 countries and more than 1200 members, all of whom have made the same commitment to give back and be a force for good.

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    IT'S SIMPLE

    Our signing process is straight forward and can be completed in a few minutess online.

    You can select and change your charities at any point - even after you pledge.

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    IT'S PERSONAL

    You’re making a commitment to donate a percentage of your personal proceeds.

    The pledge isn’t tied to company equity and doesn’t require board or investor approval.

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    IT'S EFFECTIVE

    When you exit, the full amount of your donation goes to the social causes of your choice.

    We don’t charge any fees or commissions and funds can be deployed anywhere in the world.

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BEN MEDLOCK
CO-FOUNDER, SWIFTKEY

Engaging in philanthropy following a successful exit is one way a founder can recognize the good fortune inherent in success and 'give something back'.

I learned about Founders Pledge a year or so before my own exit, and quickly saw the value in both encouraging founders to commit to giving, and also providing a framework to facilitate the effective use of donations.

BEN MEDLOCK
CO-FOUNDER, SWIFTKEY
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ALEX DEPLEDGE
FOUNDER AND CEO, HASSLE.com

What I most liked about the process was that I was locked in. Sounds daft or even slightly scary, I know, but how many times do you think ‘oh I am totally going to do that’ and then it somehow falls down your priority list and you never get around to it.

I know if I hadn’t signed a Founders Pledge, that would have been me too.

ALEX DEPLEDGE
FOUNDER AND CEO, HASSLE.com
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SARAH WOOD
FOUNDER, UNRULY

Altruism is always a combination of emotional and rational motivations, and it gives our lives a purpose.

Seeing Founders Pledge apply data-science to charitable giving was fascinating and really reaffirmed that this initiative was the one for me.

SARAH WOOD
FOUNDER, UNRULY
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DAVID GOLDBERG

Co-founder and CEO, Founders Pledge

Growing a successful business is hard. Doing good doesn’t have to be.

Founders Pledge isn't just about the money that’s generated, it’s about connecting people and taking them on a journey as philanthropists and leaders. I see so many of society’s most innovative thinkers and doers consumed with the day-to-day of their businesses, while charities around the world continue to struggle with our most pervasive societal challenges.

Founders Pledge is the simplest and most effective way for tech founders to come together and give to those in need.

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THE BENEFITS OF PLEDGING

Wrapping your head around international tax law or doing a comparative analysis of the charitable sector is hard work. Our team is great at it. We’ve stripped away the barriers to giving, so you can focus on the bigger picture of your impact.

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DO IT FOR YOU

Pledging gives you access to a global community of value-aligned entrepreneurs who’ve all made the same committment to give. You’ll be able to join our intimate dinners, members-only community nights, global forums, and field trips, and perhaps start a conversation that could end up changing the world.

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DO IT FOR SOCIETY

A small commitment made today can have a significant impact in the future. Together with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking people in the tech industry, you’ll create a ripple effect that will get more of the community giving, maximizing the impact of your donations.

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DO IT FOR PEACE OF MIND

A donation through Founders Pledge helps you give to charity in a tax-responsible and outcome-driven way. We take care of all of the logistics, from sourcing, to vetting, to deployment, and impact reporting -- and everything you haven’t thought of yet. As a US 501(c)(3) charity we can provide tax relief locally and deploy your funds globally, all at zero cost to you.

 

WE TALK IN PLAIN ENGLISH

Take a look at our "Plain-English" pledge agreement to see how simple it is.

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