Tribe of Hackers Proceeds Support Non-Profits Important to Threatcare
As you may have heard by now Tribe of Hackers proceeds support non-profit organizations important to Threatcare. The four organizations that we chose have a special relationship to the Threatcare team. While you can support our mission by purchasing copies of Tribe of Hackers on Amazon, you can also directly impact their cause by donating on their websites.
Bunker Labs ATX
Marcus Carey was part of Bunker Labs Austin’s second cohort and has been a mentor to them since 2015. Bunker Labs helps veterans start companies and runs programming and events to help the cause. They help build companies and don’t take any equity from the founders/owners.
Bunker Labs is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the veteran community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business. Make a difference to veteran entrepreneurs who need support to be successful.
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
Marcus also has a personal reason to support the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
My oldest sister passed away when she was 41 due to complications from Sickle Cell Disease. Since we were close in age I saw her battle against the disease most of my life. I also have the Sickle Trait, which isn’t as harmful, but is certainly a reminder that my descendants could battle the disease in the future.
Marcus Carey, Threatcare Founder & CEO
SCDAA’s mission is to advocate for people affected by sickle cell conditions and empower community-based organizations to maximize quality of life and raise public consciousness while advancing the search for a universal cure. You can donate in many different ways here.
Jennifer Jin has been volunteering at Rainforest Partnership since February 2017. Headquartered in Austin TX, Rainforest Partnership was founded by Niyanta Spelman in 2007 and have been protecting and regenerating rainforests by leveraging the most powerful force in conservation — people. Rainforest Partnership is also the creator of the international holiday, World Rainforest Day.
We create sustainable livelihoods for indigenous communities who live in the rainforest, giving them an income that lets them keep their forest and their way of life.
—Niyanta Spelman, CEO Rainforest Partnership
Jennifer started off as an events intern, helping them coordinate their annual SXSW Community Screening, Films for the Forest. In 2018, she helped them bring to life their largest annual fundraising event, Amazon in Austin. Today, she still volunteers virtually by helping them design and send out monthly newsletters. She also helps them manage and design all three of their websites.
I cannot stress enough how much I’ve learned and grown while volunteering for RP. Since we are working with a smaller team, you can see directly just how much impact each volunteer makes. I am grateful to RP for allowing me to indulge in the hobbies that I had as a kid but didn’t have an outlet for in college. I love working with websites and crafting emails, and of course, event planning is as crazy as it is rewarding. Niyanta has been an exceptional mentor to me as well. While I never saw myself as an environmentalist before, I can assure you that the work RP is doing is one-of-a-kind and easy to get behind. We have a responsibility as dwellers of the earth to protect this planet we call home.
Start-Up Kids Club
Founder Amber Wakem explains it best:
Start-Up Kids Club is a program that uses entrepreneurship to not just teach students how to start a business but works to prepare them for life. We meet students where they are, regardless of age, background, or ability and encourage them to take ownership of their ideas and learn the power their choices have over an outcome. As students work to build their business, they are learning collaboration and creative thinking After we go market, we come back and reflect, teaching them resilience and problem-solving. We believe, together, we can bridge together generations and build the skills today’s children need to create tomorrow.
Our very own Head of Sales, Justin Moss, volunteers regularly at SUKC. He found out about them through an email blast searching for volunteers, and he resonated immediately with their mission. Below you’ll find out more details on his personal involvement with the organization.
What kind of volunteering do you do there?
Weekly I guided a group of kidpreneurs whose ages ranged from 6-13 through their first interactions with the process behind ideating & developing their own businesses.
What’s the coolest moment you’ve had while being there?
Every semester the organization hosts two Start-Up Kids Club markets. Imagine a farmers markets but with kids, and instead of food (in most cases), their best attempts at offering solutions to problems they’ve observed in the world. Two months before the market, on the first day of class, none of my kids thought they’d be ready. Come market day, all of my kids were ready to own the market and make some sales.
Why is this organization important to you?
The founder, Amber Wakem put together a program meant to foster confidence and experience in the entrepreneurial journey for kids. While also serving the creative sides of kids who’ve struggled dyslexia in traditional school settings. My youngest brother has dyslexia and I’m a father. I saw this as an opportunity to learn about the program and introduce my family to entrepreneurship.
We’ve even had many Threatcare team members give presentations.
I wish this program was around when I was younger. Start-Up Kids Club shows kids that no matter what you look like or where you come from, you are creative enough, passionate enough, and have what it takes to change the world. The world needs more of that.
Jennifer Aldoretta, Threatcare Chief of Staff
I’ve loved the idea of Start-Up Kids Club from the moment Amber told me they were helping kids become entrepreneurs. When I was invited to be a guest speaker, I saw first hand that the kids were problem solving, creating business plans, and managing money—all on their own! It reminded me of the knowledge and confidence gaps I had as a result of a conventional education, and I knew that Start-Up Kids Club was providing unique value that these kids couldn’t get anywhere else.
James Mensch, Threatcare Head of Engineering
Please visit their website to check out their upcoming events or to donate directly to their mission.
Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases. The Foundation provides answers, support, and hope to thousands of patients and their families around the world.
My sister was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia when I was 17, and I’ve watched her fight for her life against it. It’s a constant reminder not to take the people I love or my health for granted. AAMDS has been instrumental in advancing our understanding of bone marrow failure diseases, and without their work, my sister wouldn’t be alive today.
Jennifer Aldoretta, Threatcare Chief of Staff
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