Coworking spaces often become drivers of social change, as like-minded individuals are brought together who share similar motivations for community involvement. Now, spaces across the world are taking on greater roles in their communities they inhabit by launching initiatives like scholarship programs, space for local organizations, hosting free public lectures, and more.
Leading coworking brand Servcorp provides a great example of an operator who is using their platform (and global network of 160+ spaces) to take part in important philanthropic initiatives that truly make a difference.
According to Servcorp’s CEO Alf Moufarrige, Servcorp is not tied to any singular philanthropic mission; rather, charity is intertwined into everything the company does.
“We believe that as conscious members of the commercial community, we should donate to the various enterprises and charities that we believe add to the quality of life and to the protection of less fortunate citizens in our community,” said Moufarrige.
A Focus on Giving Back
Servcorp’s community service focus is to support and assist continuing research into the prevention and cure of cancer, as well as assisting young, seriously, or terminally ill members of the community.
In addition to holding raffles, charity functions, and balls throughout the year, many of Servcorp’s locations regularly host donation drives. Every dollar raised on the ground during these events is matched dollar for dollar by Servcorp, underscoring the company’s dedication to making donations and giving back.
“Our donations can be large or small and are as diverse as support for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Mater Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Salvation Army, Rotary Club of Sydney, and Youngcare (which takes care of people diagnosed with terminal illnesses who are under 50 years old), to name a few,” said Moufarrige.
Other organizations strongly supported by Servcorp through the years include Cancer Council, Exodus Foundation, Fight Cancer Foundation, Ingham Health Research Institute, Look Good Feel Better, MS Research Australia, and Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Currently, Servcorp is funding a fully-equipped dental van for the University of Sydney for $200,000, which provides a movable venue for dental students to administer oral assistance to the homeless.
Making a Difference
Coworking spaces big and small can use Servcorp as a model for charitable initiatives, which are clearly imbedded into the company’s objectives. By working together and doing their part on a local level, Servcorp’s philanthropy work demonstrates how coworking spaces can bring about real change for good.
After all, the idea behind every coworking space is to build a community where people can be brought together and do great things — so why not do great things for the wider community, as well?