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Making an impact, together

The GitHub Social Impact Team connects the social sector to the GitHub community and GitHub employees as they shape the future of technology. We pledge to provide resources for people to make lasting change—in their communities and around the world.

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Programs for the social sector

How we’re making a difference

From conducting research to investing in social good organizations, our programs help teams amplify their impact.


Tech for Social Good

We created the Tech for Social Good program to help the social sector understand the power of GitHub’s platform, products and people.

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We uncover technology challenges in the social sector, and drive research to help organizations.

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Guides and tools

We create case studies and resources to highlight open source solutions for organizations.

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We bring together experts and communities around technology topics that are relevant in the social sector.

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We support community events that promote Tech for Social Good mentorship and projects.

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Open Source in the Social Sector

The most comprehensive report exploring opportunities and barriers the social sector faces using open source.

  • Insights from 55 interviews, two conferences, and more than 350 survey respondents working at the intersection of open source and social good
  • Research showing how open source software increases operational efficiency through better collaboration and reduced redundancy
  • Practical steps the social sector can take to increase open source adoption
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Open Source in the Social Sector report

Watch our Tech for Social Good talk from Universe 2020

Learn how WHO uses technology for early detection, verification, and risk assessment of pandemics.

Featured organizations

Learn about these organizations working with our Tech for Social Good program.


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Chayn is an intersectional organization working to reduce domestic and gender-based violence. We’re working with them to collect insights about the social sector. Check out their Soul Medicine project and consider sponsoring their work.

Sponsor Chayn on GitHub


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Hikaya is an organization that helps nonprofits understand, define, and use metrics for better programming in resource-constrained areas. We’re working with them on a case study about their open source work. Consider sponsoring their projects.

Sponsor Hikaya on GitHub


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We were a sponsor of MERL Tech DC, a conference dedicated to technology in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Together, we’re building tools to help M&E professionals understand and use open source solutions.

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Want to build a better future?

Explore open source projects that could use your help with our volunteer partner, Ovio, and start making a difference today.

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Tech Pipeline

To make sure the next generation of developers includes the most underserved communities in the world, we partnered with seven organizations to create the Tech Pipeline. We’re helping in three major ways.

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We help employees educate more communities about Git, GitHub, and open source.

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We create opportunities for GitHub employees to mentor new developers and young professionals.

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We host events for students from under-represented communities at GitHub HQ and around the world.

Featured organizations

Learn about these organizations working with our Tech Pipeline program.

Code Tenderloin

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Code Tenderloin helps bring economic equity and a sense of community to the marginal populations in and around San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. We recently brought a group of aspiring developers to meet employees at GitHub HQ for mentorship and job preparation.

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Maven Youth

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By providing LGBTQ+ youth with the tools to create innovative technology solutions, Maven Youth inspires a new generation to advocate for social change. We partner with Maven on events like their free Summer Tech Camp for LGBTQ+ youth.

Learn more
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Get started free

Free GitHub tools for social good projects

Thousands of organizations use GitHub to build solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. We’re happy to give qualifying teams the tools they need to work on social good projects for free.

Not a nonprofit? Submit a request for your social good project, and we’ll let you know if you qualify for a discount.

How GitHub employees get involved

We believe in sharing our time, resources, and platform to help improve our local and global communities.

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Every year, GitHub employees get a full week of paid time off to volunteer in their communities.

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When an employee donates to a cause they care about, we match it dollar for dollar, up to $15,000.

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Building awareness

We host events to connect GitHub employees with leaders from social good organizations.