Company works with nonprofit to aid students
Junior Achievement says the work of Evolve IP near Wayne is a key to its success
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.”
Students participate in a recent Junior Achievement event. Evolve IP of the Wayne area is a big contributor to the nonprofit.
Participants in a Junior Achievement event share a conversation. The nonprofit receives support from area companies, including Evolve IP of the Wayne area.