GitHub’s Giving Report

Between 2013 and 2015, we have shared our time, resources, and platform to help thousands of people access technology, start careers, and make meaningful connections.

GitHub has donated approximately


in the form of cash, events, swag, and employee donations since 2013

Cash Donations

$1,025,320 Total Donated

$453,019 in sponsorships

GitHub has sponsored over 300 events and organizations since 2013. We are proud to have supported amazing initiatives around the world like Accessibility Camp Bay Area, Tech While Black, and Trans*Code. In addition to supporting unique initiatives like those mentioned above, GitHub maintains an active level of support to worldwide coding workshops organized by groups like Django Girls, Rails Girls, and Rails Bridge.

$400,000 in partnerships

We’ve partnered with some incredible organizations over the last few years. Our work with Rails Girls Summer of Code supported young women around the world to get started in open source. By teaming up with FIRST Robotics we provided scholarships for students learning to build robots. Additionally, our partnership with CODE2040 helped to create opportunities for young Black and Latinx engineers, two populations that are severely underrepresented in the tech industry.

$153,761 in proceeds

Every year, our GitMerge ticket proceeds are donated to the Software Freedom Conservancy. Our annual Dodgeball tournament has raised over $100K in funds for various Bay Area organizations like Streetside Stories and the SF Public Library. Additionally, proceeds from certain clothing sold in our OctoShop have gone to organizations we love. Our Pridetocat t-shirt, released during LGBT Pride month in 2015, raised funds to support phenomenal grassroots organizations like Trans*H4CK and Lesbians who Tech.

$18,540 in scholarships

The price of attending a tech conference is prohibitive for many and yet the value of having people of all stripes in attendance makes for a better experience for all attendees. For these reasons, we launched our ticket scholarship program in 2015. Through this program we worked with over 20 partner organizations including Black Girls Code, Brioxy, Hackbright Academy and Avion Ventures. All of our partners received ticket allotments to give away to their respective networks and with their help, we were able to give away over 50 full scholarships to CodeConf and Universe.

Featured Partnership


Currently one in four low-income families in the U.S. does not have access to the internet at home. The first of its kind, ConnectHome is a White House program that aims to end the digital divide and close the homework gap in government-assisted housing units.

The initial pilot will connect 275,000 families with high-speed broadband internet connections. The project also includes devices and digital inclusion trainings in 28 communities across the US. ConnectHome is a partnership between the Department of Housing and Urban Development, nonprofit partners, local government housing authorities, and private sector businesses.

We believe that an investment in ConnectHome is an investment in the future of innovation, and we’re happy to be a national sponsor while also partnering with local housing authorities, nonprofits, and educators. We’re committed to providing $3 million in product, $500,000 in financial support, and 4,000 hours in volunteer time to train, coach, and mentor those who want to build a career in software development. Above all, we’re committed to making it much easier for people from low-income backgrounds and other underrepresented communities to participate not only in consuming tech, but in creating it.

Our work with GitHub has been nothing but magical. Their commitment to giving back, particularly to Americans that are currently on the wrong side of the digital divide, has been an integral part of the work that we do. From sponsoring technology donation events to speaking on panels, to putting dollars and people-power behind our programs, GitHub’s partnership is and will continue to help change people’s lives. Chike Aguh, CEO, EveryoneOn

GitHub has committed to

$3,000,000 in product

$500,000 in financial support

4,000 hours of volunteer time



free accounts

granted to students, nonprofits, hackathons, educators and researchers since 2013

= 100 accounts

295,000 free accounts for students

Through the Student Developer Pack, we give students around the world aged 13+ and enrolled in a course of study free GitHub accounts so that they can learn by doing. On top of the student accounts, we have given 7,000 free accounts to teachers, student groups, and research groups.

1,158 free accounts for nonprofits

There's value in supporting local, national, and global organizations that dedicate their days to making our world a better place. For this reason, we're happy to offer free nonprofit accounts through our GitHub for Good program. This program permits us to be a small part of the incredible work of organizations like Oxfam, Charity Water, and the World Wide Web Consortium.

427 hackathons supported

Hackathons often function as an entry point into coding. In addition, these events often attempt to solve real-world problems (often over the span of a couple of days). For these and many more reasons, GitHub aims to be the go-to platform for hackathons. We are honored to have been a part of hundreds of hackathons between 2013 and 2015 but a few standout events are: Colorado Give Camp, the NASA Space Apps Challenge, and the Central America Domestic Violence Hackathon.

3,886 users attended free trainings

Our Services team occasionally offers complimentary seats to our training courses. Between 2013 and 2015, Services offered nearly 100 hours of free trainings. Services, falls under our Sales organization which also grants a 25% discount to many of our nonprofit, healthcare, university or government GitHub Enterprise clients. Clients include: National Human Genome Research Institute, St. Jude Medical, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Featured Partnership


Maven is a Bay Area-based, grassroots initiative that offers support and tech training to LGBTQ+ youth in a variety of cities in partnership with local LGBTQ+ youth centers.

Through tech camps, hackathons, and tech education workshops, Maven seeks to equip LGBTQ+ youth with the skills and knowledge to create innovative tech solutions.

Over the years we have sponsored Maven hackathons, hosted and provided trainings at Maven tech camps, and donated a portion of sales from the Pridetocat shirt to this phenomenal organization. In addition to this, in 2015 we provided all of the participants of Maven’s Tech Camps with free Pridetocat t-shirts. That year, we were also able to donate 10 used laptops to the organization (valued at over $3,000). We’re proud to support Maven in their effort to educate, connect, and empower LGBTQ+ youth in tech.

Loved finding other queer youth who were excited to learn about technology. This experience was what I needed to jump start my drive. Alex, 14, Austin TX
GitHub has been one of our founding sponsors who believed in our mission & vision of inspiring LGBTQ+ youth to explore a pathway into technology. With their support we grew our services from a one-time event to a national organization offering free summer tech camps for LGBTQ+ youth. Monica Ann Arrambide, CEO

Events & Swag


community events

events supported by GitHub



hosted around the world

27 countries held GitHub-sponsored events

43 patchworks

Patchworks are hands-on workshops for beginners wanting to learn Git, GitHub and/or GitHub pages. Our remote-friendly workplace enables us to host Patchworks around the world, oftentimes in conjunction with awesome local partners like Code for Progress (Washington DC) or popular conferences like Beyond Conf (London).

115 events hosted at GitHub HQ

We love to open up our event space to local meetup groups, and have done so for Girl Geek Dinner, Creative Mornings, and Science Hack Day, to name a few. We don’t stop at the space, though. We also cover the bar tab, food, and A/V needs. The total costs of these events over the last 3 years is approximately $86,866.


of swag* donated

* such as shirts, stickers, etc.

That's ~23,418 shirts!

= 100 shirts

Featured Partnership


Based in San Francisco, CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Black and Latinx students and entrepeneurs.

CODE2040 offers several programs for students, companies, and entrepreneurs all aimed at achieving their ultimate goal of ensuring that Black and Latinx people are proportionally represented in America’s innovation economy by the year 2040.

We’re proud to support CODE2040 as a gold partner, and honored to further support them by hosting events such as their annual fundraiser (and sneaker party!), KickIt.

In addition to supporting in the aforementioned ways, in 2015, several GitHubbers participated in CODE2040’s newest student-focused program, Technical Applicant Prep (TAP) Retreats. TAP retreats took place in Austin, Durham and Chicago and centered around providing Black and Latinx students with a full weekend of interview skills training, an introduction to GitHub, increased direct access to career opportunities, and a robust support network to successfully launch their careers.

Through CODE2040 I have built much more confidence in myself. I’ve connected with people at the center of innovation and technology who are working on important causes and executing their great ideas. This has started a fire in me to expand my choices and create a path to success. Xiomara Figueroa, 2014 CODE2040 Fellow
It was incredibly inspiring to volunteer at CODE2040’s TAP retreat. To know that such a smart and dedicated group of students will soon join the tech ranks gives me hope for the future of our industry. Anais Gonzalez, Director of Engineering Operations, GitHub

Employee Giving


donated via Bright Funds

$201,848 donated by employees

$154,699 matched by GitHub

237 organizations benefitted by GitHub employees

Using Bright Funds, GitHub matches employee contributions to qualifying charitable organizations around the world (up to $1,500 per year). Through this matching program, employees can often double their financial impact towards the causes they love. Employee giving has grown exponentially over the last few years with 59% of all employee financial contributions between 2013-2015 happening in 2015 alone.

122 employees made donations via Bright Funds

In addition to matching the financial contributions of employees, GitHub also encourages employees to donate their time to causes they love by offering matching grants for volunteering. We offer $20 for every hour that an employee volunteers in the form of an employee-directed grant. So if a Hubber spends 5 hours of their weekend volunteering at a local animal shelter and logs that information in Bright Funds, they are now eligible for a $100 grant from GitHub that they can donate to an organization of their choice.

Get Involved

We hope you'll consider joining us and supporting a cause that’s near to your heart as well. If you aren’t sure how to start, here are two great options.

Donate to Maven

Maven is a Bay Area-based, grassroots initiative that offers support and tech training to LGBTQ+ youth in a variety of US cities in partnership with local LGBTQ+ youth centers.

In an effort to support an organization GitHub believes in on #GivingTuesday, we've selected Maven as the recipient of a matching gift. Mention GitHub when making your gift to Maven today and GitHub will match your donation dollar for dollar (up to $5K). We hope you'll consider supporting this amazing organization by taking advantage of this matching gift.

Read more about Maven

Volunteer your time and talents

Getting involved with a local organization is also a great way to give back. If you’re in the US and looking for nearby volunteer opportunities, we encourage you to check out Volunteer Match. For those outside the US, there are countless volunteer opportunities for you as well. Reach out to a local nonprofit to learn more or do a quick search online for an opportunity near you.

Too busy to make it to a local event? Have some expertise you’d like to share? Check out some of the virtual, skills-based volunteer opportunities on Catchafire or Skills for Change.