Com­pany works with non­profit to aid stu­dents

Ju­nior Achieve­ment says the work of Evolve IP near Wayne is a key to its suc­cess

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian McCul­lough bm­c­cul­lough@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

TREDYF­FRIN » The pres­i­dent of Ju­nior Achieve­ment of South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia says his or­ga­ni­za­tion is lucky to have a com­pany like Evolve IP cham­pi­oning its cause.

“They put their money where their mouth is,” Paul Kap­pel Jr. said.

And that money isn’t just fi­nan­cial re­sources, ei­ther. Ac­cord­ing to Kap­pel, Evolve is the kind of dream com­pany for which char­i­ties pine.

“From a non­profit’s per­spec­tive, what makes a great part­ners is, yes, fi­nan­cial re­sources, but peo­ple re­sources as well,” Kap­pel said. “They do it all.”

In Au­gust, Evolve, a cloud ser­vices com­pany with head­quar­ters on Old Ea­gle School Road, an­nounced it was ex­tend­ing its part­ner­ship with Ju­nior Achieve­ment through a com­bi­na­tion of stu­dent mentoring and tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tives. As a re­sult, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will be able to work with 60,000 stu­dents in­stead of 34,000, Kap­pel said.

The South­east Penn­syl­va­nia Ju­nior Achieve­ment Chap­ter op­er­ates in the five-county Philadel­phia re­gion as well as Berks, Northamp­ton and Le­high coun­ties. It has worked with stu­dents in a num­ber of Ch­ester County school dis­tricts and works with the Down­ing-

“It’s re­ward­ing for us to con­trib­ute to a ris­ing tide.” – Evolve IP’s pres­i­dent and found­ing part­ner, Guy Far­done

town STEM Academy on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The Ju­nior Achieve­ment Com­pany Pro­gram in­tro­duces stu­dents to the key ele­ments in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing and op­er­at­ing a busi­ness, while em­pow­er­ing them to solve prob­lems and ad­dress lo­cal needs through en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit. The pro­gram lasts for 15 weeks, with stu­dents meet­ing once a week at an as­signed cor­po­rate host site. This year’s host sites in­clude: Ac­cen­ture, Aqua Amer­ica, Bimbo Bak­eries USA, Com­cast, Evolve IP, IKEA, Microsoft, Pfizer, and SAP Amer­ica with Ernst and Young act­ing as host.

Evolve IP vol­un­teers spend time in class­rooms teach­ing busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion skills while also host­ing stu­dents on the Evolve IP cam­pus as part of the pro­gram.

In ad­di­tion, Evolve IP’s pres­i­dent and found­ing part­ner, Guy Far­done, has served on Ju­nior Achieve­ment’s board of direc­tors for more than five years.

“It’s re­ward­ing for us to con­trib­ute to a ris­ing tide,” Far­done said.

The work is part of the com­pany’s “Evolve Cares” outreach pro­gram that has do­nated $4.5 mil­lion to 35 dif­fer­ent char­i­ties in the seven years since its in­cep­tion, Far­done said.

Evolve IP’s orig­i­nal con­tact with Ju­nior Achieve­ment’s South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia chap­ter came as the or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­og­nized that its phone sys­tem was ham­per­ing growth.

With the need for a cloud­based so­lu­tion, but lim­ited to a mod­est bud­get, the non­profit turned to Evolve for a com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem that al­lowed for rapid ex­pan­sion and en­abled em­ploy­ees to work re­motely.

“We are now truly a mo­bile or­ga­ni­za­tion and the Evolve IP OneCloud ... has en­abled our as­so­ciates to spend more time on ini­tia­tives that di­rectly im­pact stu­dents,” Kap­pel said.

As the part­ner­ship with Ju­nior Achieve­ment pro­gressed, Evolve IP be­came in­volved in its cause, with as­so­ciates serv­ing at in-school pro­grams and work­ing oneon-one with stu­dents.

Evolve IP vol­un­teers spend time in class­rooms teach­ing busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion skills while also host­ing stu­dents on the Evolve IP cam­pus.

Evolve, with about 230 em­ploy­ees na­tion­wide, has of­fices in Chicago, Austin, Cleve­land and the Bay Area.

The work with Ju­nior Achieve­ment is a good fit with the com­pany’s own in­tern pro­gram, and helps the com­pany at­tract younger work­ers, Far­done be­lieves.

“We have hired about half of the in­terns who have spe­cial­ized in what Evolve IP does,” Far­done said. “What we do with char­i­ties in­ter­ests mil­len­ni­als very much. Over­all it helps to make us a bet­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in a re­cent Ju­nior Achieve­ment event. Evolve IP of the Wayne area is a big con­trib­u­tor to the non­profit.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Par­tic­i­pants in a Ju­nior Achieve­ment event share a con­ver­sa­tion. The non­profit re­ceives sup­port from area com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Evolve IP of the Wayne area.

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