About Us

Mission

Our mission at Ruby for Good is to deliver specialized software development solutions to nonprofit organizations to bolster their critical missions, build an inclusive technology community, and provide technology-focused educational opportunities to underserved communities.

Vision

Ruby for Good, with our partners, will make technology accessible to individuals and nonprofit organizations, and build a more inclusive technology community.

History

Ruby for Good was founded by Sean Marcia, in 2013, to fill the gap created by expensive technology solutions that were not easily accessible by nonprofit organizations serving marginalized communities. His vision was to create open source solutions that could be used by all, driven by an inclusive community of technologists, of all skill levels, while creating educational and career opportunities for contributors from vulnerable communities.

Since 2013, we have harnessed the contributions of over 1,000 volunteer technologists to build efficient solutions for over 150 nonprofit organizations that are serving over 2 million people both nationally and globally. We have also hosted 12 software development conferences, totaling over 1,200 attendees, including 150 scholarship fellows.

Core Values

Inclusivity and Equity

Ruby for Good values inclusivity and equity for all, and strives above all else to ensure that our contributors, partners, stakeholders, and sponsors—who we lovingly refer to as gooders—are treated with respect and dignity. We seek out the inclusion of differences as learning opportunities and ensure that words and actions matter.

Commitment to Our Contributors

We truly value the generosity of our contributors that make the work of Ruby for Good possible. We believe in supporting them with meaningful and ongoing opportunities for impact, growth, and leadership, and enable them to reach their full potential, uplifting them in their careers and academic pursuits, and engaging them through their contributions.

Commitment to Our Nonprofit Partners

Our nonprofit partner organizations serve critical missions in the most vulnerable communities nationwide. We believe in the vitality of their work and bolster their efforts and effectiveness by providing open source solutions that increase efficiency and drive impact.

Communication

We value honest and direct communication as essential to articulating our vision and goals, fostering strong relationships, overcoming challenges, and collaborating with our contributors, nonprofit partners, and companies and foundations that believe in our mission.

Agency

We believe in the potential of all technologists, of all skill levels, from all walks of life, that enrich our collaborative work environment. We commit to making full use of our own agency as individuals and as an organization in service of our goals and making the world gooder.

Impact

Affecting large-scale, long term change requires ongoing innovation, learning, and sustained effort. We hold ourselves to meaningful and measurable outcomes, evaluate our successes and challenges openly, and act on what we learn, to drive intrinsic change.

Who Is a Gooder?

Individuals and organizations that give their time, talent, and treasure in service of their communities and essential missions that make the world gooder! Gooders are all of our contributors, stakeholders, nonprofit partners, corporate and foundation partners, and supporters.

Are you a gooder? Join us!