The time has come for the Good Done Great team to transition from our open office workspace at the Charleston Digital Corridor to a semi-permanent home at the Daniel Island Marina. What began in the fall of 2010 as our one-person Charleston office is now an 18-person team of software developers, project managers, and sales and marketing executives.
In addition to the much-needed additional space, the Marina office, located on the beautiful water of Clouter Creek, provides several amenities including a dock and outdoor seating. You can find a few of our team members cruising the waters enjoying the cool breezes and wildlife including dolphin pods and egrets during lunch and after hours.
Another way to increase employee engagement and communication among our different departments is our 2 o’clock dock walk. Every afternoon around 2PM, the entire office takes a 15 minute break to stretch our legs and take a brisk walk around the marina. Employee Engagement isn’t just about philanthropy, it includes wellness too!
We’re excited to be in our new home and enjoy the beautiful Lowcountry environment!
Head over to our Facebook page to check out photos of our new location.
The day has come, and we couldn’t be more excited! 4Good.org has launched, and we’re so proud to have it become its own company. Here’s a little history:
Good Done Great acquired IdeaEncore Network, Nonprofit Webinars, and Nonprofit Direct during 2011 and 2012 as our very own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project. We wanted to volunteer our crazy Internet skills on projects that were not sustainable from a financial perspective but massively useful to the nonprofit sector. So useful in fact, that when we surveyed the users and tallied up the results, we found that our little projects were creating $17 million dollars in value to the nonprofit sector in money saved by using shared resources or gained in new skills.
Seeing this kind of success only energized us more. We decided to double down on a new development effort to combine the three sites into one new one with better tools, more resources, and new social components to put more nonprofit professionals in touch with their colleagues who can help them. We needed the best engineer we know to take on this effort and partner with us, so we asked our extremely talented colleague and friend Joe to join us in this effort, and that’s how 4Good was born! In all, we put more than $300,000 of volunteer time and cold hard cash into 4Good, and it shows!
4Good is by far Good Done Great’s most ambitious and successful CSR project and we are so proud of all the hard work our team has put into it. It’s now live, independent, and looking great. Check it out!
UPDATE: July 1, 2014
4Good has been running as an independent company now for six months, and David and Earl are ready to step down from 4Good in order to focus exclusively on Good Done Great. 4Good is now in the capable hands of its architect and leader, Joe Ridgway.
Many big companies got their start with a few people in a garage but not Good Done Great. In fact, Earl and David, Good Done Great’s founders, like to joke that GDG’s beginnings were so humble that they were two guys who didn’t even have a garage. They worked from home, David in Tacoma, WA and Earl in Charleston, SC.
No one can accuse us of being conventional, though. David liked doing his development work at a standing desk, while Earl performed product demos and conducted client calls propped up in his bed. Earl would joke that he was working so hard he was getting bedsores.
Until now, all our team members have been working from home, but as we’ve been growing, we decided that it makes more sense to have an office for people to collaborate in person. We’re excited to open our first office at the Charleston Digital Corridor, and The Post and Courier even did a little write up about it too. You can read it here.