Today is the first day of 2020, and I’m looking ahead to all the exciting things we have coming up, but I also want to reflect on the amazing year we’ve just had. It’s been a huge year for us, and we want to thank you for your role in it.
In 2019, we wanted to make the power of Givitas available to a wider community, so we’re now offering a number of free groups that anyone can join. This is one of our proudest accomplishments of the year, and I’d love to recognize the people who are making these groups such amazing, collaborative places to exchange help.
I want to recognize both the askers and the givers. We sometimes undervalue asking . . . many of us are afraid to do it, but it is vitally important. Not only does it have incredible benefits for us as individuals as well as for our organizations, it sets a standard that lets others know it is safe to ask for help. (Need ideas for what to ask for? Click here)
Givers are also a integral part of our community. When we created Givitas, we wanted to make a place where people could help others in less than 5 minutes a day. After all, being generous with your time and talent at work is predictive of success, health, and happiness.
So in recognition of all the givers and all the askers, and even of all the people who read the digests looking for opportunities to help, here are the standouts in 2019.
Givitas for Leaders
Givitas for Leaders is a community of people interested in exchanging help on topics related to servant leadership, positive business practices, and collaborative culture.
- Our top requesters were Alena Stocking, Adam Connors, and Georgina Vazquez
- Our top givers were Julia Wojnar, John Bachman, Michael Alexander, Jeanie Yaroch, William Gentry, Anthony Billoni, and Ralph Campbell.
Givitas for Women at Work
Givitas for Women at Work: Founded in conjunction with a Wall Street Journal/Sheryl Sandberg event for women in the workplace in October, this is a community for anyone (of any gender) interested in advancing women in the workplace.
- Our top requesters were Sarah Wood, Julia Wojnar,
- Our top givers were Kristen Smith, Rhonda Moret, Marion Youngblood, and Traci DeTomasi
Givitas for HR Leaders
Givitas for HR Leaders: Originally founded at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference, this group has grown to include thousands of human resource professionals at all levels from around the world.
- Our top requesters were Rhonda West, Christina Buu, Laurie Brown, Denise Moxam, and Katie Spahnie.
- Our top givers were Alexis Haselberger, Rhonda West, Toni Gillette, Kara Bergloff, Sharon Stover, Terry Gottleib, Christina Buu, and Karen Geney
The Givitas People Analytics Community
The Givitas People Analytics Community: Founded in 2018 at the Wharton People Analytics conference, the Givitas People Analytics’ community is a safe place for professionals in the field to exchange help, resources, and insights related to their work.
- Our top requesters were Jason Smith, John Gunawan, and Meghan Anzelc
- Our top givers were Meghan Anzelc, Dirk Petersen, Rishi Jain, and Afke Schouten
We really appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and participation!
Other 2019 News
In 2019 we launched a record number of new communities where people are asking for and offering help to one another and build relationships.
- Enterprises are using Givitas to connect groups of employees to share knowledge, increase loyalty, and save time and money. Companies are also using Givitas with groups of clients to build brand loyalty and affinity.
- Associations and nonprofits (like the Center for Positive Organizations, the Salvation Army, and the Take Charge Foundation) are using Givitas to help members and donors access the collective intelligence of the network.
- Economic development groups, venture capital firms, and private equity firms (like MATTER, UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and others are using Givitas to connect founders, investors, experts, and business leaders, which leads to better outcomes for everyone involved.
- Thought leaders like Adam Grant and Daniel Pink are using Givitas to connect their followers and create new communities that are driven by gratitude, generosity and trust.
- Colleges and universities (like the University of Michigan and High Point University) are using Givitas to network groups of students, alumni, faculty, and staff
Our goal with Givitas is to make it incredibly easy to ask for and offer help. To that end, we’re constantly tweaking the platform to enhance filters, search functionality, tagging, and smart notifications. We continue to improve the user experience on a daily basis in ways that you probably don’t notice.
Givitas now has the ability to allow polling and announcements. We’re beta testing a mobile app that should be ready in 2020 (Givitas already works great as a mobile website). We now offer Single Sign On (via Google, LinkedIn, or company email).
We have exciting plans for 2020, all designed to maximize generosity, usefulness, gratitude, connection, and reciprocity.
Givitas has been up and running for two years now. Every month, we’re adding new communities, customers, and users, and it’s a real honor to work with this amazing team to bring such a valuable service to groups around the world. We are living out our manifesto every day, and I couldn’t be prouder.
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, generous, and gratitude-filled 2020!