$100,000 Donated: Recruiting Social Hits Milestone on its 7th Birthday
Vancouver, BC – May 9, 2019: To mark Recruiting Social’s seventh birthday, the company has donated $10,000 to STAND Foundation, a British Columbia-based non-profit that provides educational assistance to marginalized youth. The gift brings the recruiting services firm’s lifetime charitable contributions to $100,000.
“We’re a company of less than a dozen people,” says founder and president Chad MacRae. “To have given $100,000 is a huge milestone to us, and incredibly fulfilling.”
“The vision was always about more than filling roles; it was about lifting people with new opportunities. I wanted us to commit to giving back something substantial – so everyone, no matter their circumstances, would have the opportunity to become ‘top talent.’”
Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Recruiting Social selected STAND Foundation as its first charitable partner. “I knew Sophie [Mas, executive director]. She was very focused on making every dollar count and so passionate about helping these students find success,” says MacRae.
As Recruiting Social expanded into new markets, it always chose new local non-profits to partner with. These include the Fulfillment Fund and TransCanWork in Los Angeles, and For Youth Initiative in Toronto. “Making an impact in the local communities where we live and work is important for our team,” notes Angela Rees, partner and recruiting manager.
To mark Recruiting Social’s $100,000 milestone, current and past team members share memories and anecdotes:
“Early on, I attended a STAND Foundation event at an alternative school they worked with. One of the students told me that they didn’t have a place to sit, eat together, and get to know each other. All they had were a few small cocktail tables and barstools. This really hit me, because many of the students did not get family support and depended on the hot meals the school provided. So we fundraised to build them a custom communal table that fit 10 people, so they could spend time together, eat together, and build relationships.”
Chad MacRae, founder and president
“When I first learned about Recruiting Social’s commitment to donate 10 percent of profits toward education opportunities for marginalized youth, it was a light bulb moment for me. My focus as a recruiter has always been to get the right people into the right roles, but what if I could make an impact earlier in the pipeline? What if I could help broaden and diversify the talent pool by getting amazing students the support they need to make it to graduation? That’s a true investment in the future – that’s what Recruiting Social does!”
Angel Lawler, talent acquisition manager at Adidas and Recruiting Social alum
“Meeting students from STAND Foundation was such a rewarding experience! To hear how the grants have enabled these students to learn new skills and change the course of their lives was something that’s stuck with me over the years. Not only do we get to change lives through recruiting, but we also get to impact the upcoming talent in our community – and that’s pretty awesome if you ask me!”
Gabriela de Sousa, operations lead
“We went to one of the schools and presented them with the check. In return, they gave us a framed picture of some of the students that were able to join these programs because of our help! It was really heartwarming to see.”
Marissa Ng, recruiting partner
“We visited For Youth Initiative’s community centre. We saw some of the art projects that the people are working on. There were opportunities for youth to connect over their passions and interests. It just felt like a collaborative and tight-knit group. Being around that energy is contagious and influential.”
Aleks Keser, senior recruitment consultant at Scotiabank’s Digital Factory and Recruiting Social alum
“Over the past five-plus years since joining Recruiting Social, it’s been on an incredible journey to see how 10 percent of our profits have supported so many!”
Angela Rees, partner and recruiting manager