How did you end up at charity: water?
from the office
June 15, 2012
Today, our staff members Denny McFadden, Lindsay Ratowsky, and new Design Intern Judson Collier accidentally tried to institute a new office dress code.
June 4, 2012
At charity: water, we’re passionate about reinventing charity through innovative technology. Our team is busy every day building new products to delight our supporters and help our staff make an even bigger impact.
We’re growing fast and looking for some outstanding developers to join us. Watch this video to meet our tech team and then check out our jobs page — we’re hiring!
He’s been described by our staff as a genius — we think that’s probably why he’s our Director of Technology! He spends his days streamlining all of our technology, managing the tech team, and helping us do our jobs more effectively.
Who should apply to be part of the tech team?
“We’re a small, nimble team, and it’s not uncommon for team members to end up working on the full stack. There’s no one programming language that we’re bound to, and therefore we want developers who are able to apply an understanding of core concepts to implement maintainable solutions. Ultimately, we’re looking for smart people, who enjoy launching projects and overcoming challenges.”
She always dreamed of joining a non-profit and working in tech — now that’s exactly what she’s doing as our Front-End Developer! Christina is the only girl on our tech team and she’s a powerhouse when it comes to coding our website.
“I was inspired to join the charity: water team because I came across the organization website two years ago. It was gorgeous, and I basically developed a crush on the organization. It was kind of my dream to work with tech in a non-profit because there weren’t a lot of organizations doing it well — I thought charity: water was. When I saw that there was an opening, I totally jumped on it. I didn’t even think to look anywhere else.”
Jasdeep is a Software Developer on our tech team and he’s also recognized by the staff as the most fashionable employee. Lately, he’s using his brilliant coding skills to set up the maps that follow the drilling rig from the September Campaign.
Do you have a favorite aspect of working for the tech team?
It’s always very interesting. There’s not a lot of mundane work and all the work we do is for a good reason. I’m never doing busywork, and I really like that. I get to work on a really diverse range of projects, and so I even get to do some front-end stuff — most of my work is back-end.
What do you call the tech team’s office?
“I insist that it be referred to as the keep. People who don’t are not allowed in. So, if you ever need something — it’s not the dungeon, it’s not just an office… it’s the ‘Tech Keep.’ It’s labeled.”
He describes himself as the tallest member of the charity: water team and he sports Warby Parker glasses. Matt Tucker is our other Software Developer and has been really influential in the creation of WAZI, an internal product that will help us stay on track in all aspects of our mission.
What’s it like to work for the tech team?
May 11, 2012
While we were out shooting some staff photos today, this enthusiastic skateboarder asked us to take his picture. So, our new friend showed off his skills and ollied over a Jerry can in honor of Tony Hawk’s birthday tomorrow!
May 5, 2012
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Every friday our staff gets together at 5P.M. for beer and pizza to de-compress from the week. Yesterday, our friends Michael Birch and Shakil Khan stopped in. Michael and his wife Xochi sold their social network, Bebo, in 2009 and invested in many cool startups including one young non-profit at the time: charity: water. Michael became our first angel investor, helping us pay for operating costs and staff when we were just a small group of 7. He also helped us get mycharity: water up and running by writing the codebase himself. Shak has introduced us to countless amazing people who’ve now become supporters of the mission, traveled with us to Ethiopia four times, and even did his own fundraising campaign for clean water in 2010. He recently joined PATH, a mobile social network, as their Head of Special Projects.
They’re both incredibly accomplished, but they’re not beneath a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with our founder, Scott.
photos by: Lisa Prins/charity: water Multimedia Intern
April 20, 2012
The staff here at charity: water works really hard to bring people clean water — but we also like to take breaks! We walked into the kitchen this morning to find this crowd devouring delicious peppermint cake pops made by one of our interns, Emma Kay Stevenson. Thanks, Emma!