We are the 501(c)(3) for hackers.

We are the premier nonprofit network of S.T.E.M. mentors in the United States. Our members help the disadvantaged, educate the community, and protect the environment.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

The top technology companies in the world mentor through us.

We proudly serve all 50 states in the U.S.

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150+ TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

Mentors are employees at companies like Disney & Amazon, founders at startups graduating from YC & Techstars, and inventors around the world!

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$1M+ IN VOLUNTEER TIME CONTRIBUTED

As of April 2021, the estimated national value of each volunteer hour is currently $28.54. Our network is our net worth.

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HACKERSPACES NATIONWIDE

Our high tech hackerspaces are supported by community partners like TOMS, the i.am Angel Foundation, and the Make Yourself Foundation.

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30K+ STUDENTS SERVED

Mentors are vetted industry professionals. They passionately bring resources for S.T.E.M. education to our nation's most underserved communities.

Your commitments to innovation, learning and development have been of great benefit to our City."

— Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

HOW WE WORK.

Think of us as a nationwide Army Reserve and our members are employees from the top technology companies in the world, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, & SpaceX. Our members form chapters around the United States and serve their communities through the following activities:

  • organizing educational workshops
  • hosting hackathons
  • supporting afterschool programming
  • building innovation centers
  • 1:1 career coaching for students
  • contributing to open source projects

Our members serve the nonprofits and government agencies that request our services. We have featured several of our clients below:

START A CHAPTER

THINKING ABOUT STARTING A CHAPTER?

We've got A's for your Q's

What is a mentor chapter?

Mentor Chapters are local organizations that are made of volunteers who inspire the next generation of technologists. Chapters work to engage the local community through hackathons, workshops, innovation centers, career fairs, open source project development, and economic development activities.

What do I do as a member?

As a member, you will work with your chapter to organize activities and engage the local community. Many chapter members spend their volunteer time designing and teaching technical workshops such as "Intro to Unity" or "Intro to Swift". The sky is the limit! Many members also build open-source projects.

How can my company support my chapter?

We are in the nonprofit programs of many technology companies including Apple, Google, & Microsoft. For every hour that you volunteer, your company can donate to your chapter. We can set this up for you!

How much do I have to participate?

It's totally up to you. Start with one event and see if you like the experience. We have members volunteering between 1 and 100 hours per month.  

Can I raise money for my chapter?

Right away! Chapter leaders will receive access to a restricted fund through Hacker Fund's 501(c)(3) legal entity that they can use to receive contributions for chapter activities. The more chapters raise, the more members can do! Each chapter leader will receive all the tools they need to transact business, including paying vendors.

Does my location matter?

No - however we recommend that you work to engage your local community. We have an online Mentor Reserve database that you can tap into as you get your chapter off the ground.  

What kind of resources do I have available to me?

Hacker Fund provides chapters with the ability to raise tax-deductible contributions via sponsorship, grants, and donations. Members will have access to fundraising tools, software subscriptions, makerspace memberships, and more.

How do I report my volunteer time and impact?

We have a tech platform called MentorDash that volunteers can use to interact with students, record volunteer time, and submit impact reports.

WHY WE MENTOR.

We inspire the next generation of innovators through mentorship. Here's why:

  • Students who have an adult mentor have a 50% greater likelihood of attending college.
  • College graduates are 2x more likely to be engaged at work if they have a mentor.

We believe that our students can see further by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Our mentors are those giants.

WE ARE THE LEADING FISCAL SPONSOR FOR HACKERS.

What does this mean? We are the original architects of fiscal sponsorship for hackers and have been leading the game as a member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors since 2014. Hackers use our 501(c)(3) infrastructure to create a restricted fund from which they can operate their chapters and build projects that create social change.

BECOME A MEMBER

Members receive the tools to inspire the next generation of hackers in their community. These include:

  • Repository of workshops
  • Free software subscriptions and hardware/maker tools
  • Access to hackerspaces
  • Member swag & badges
  • Access to MentorDash
  • Community events, meetups, & hack nights
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Hackathons for members
  • Member certifications & awards (including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award)
  • Invitation to Mentor Retreat

START A CHAPTER

Chapter leaders can raise funding, recruit members, and scale programs in their communities. You'll receive:

  • All the benefits available to members
  • Restricted fund for your chapter activities
  • Legal entity with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Fundraising tools & training seminars (including donation widgets)
  • Financial management (including invoice & reimbursement processing)
  • Insurance for your program activities
  • Invitation to the National Chapter Summit

BUILD A PROJECT

Want to launch open source or social impact projects in your community? We have what your founding team needs.

  • All the benefits available to members and chapter leaders
  • Payroll & HR
  • Fundraising team & tools
  • Open source software development tools
  • Access to global network of founders
  • Fiscal sponsorship service model options including A, B, C, L, & F.
  • Tax return preparation services
  • Mentor Office Hours

Focus on impact. Not paperwork.

Over the last 7 years, we have developed a chapter framework that scales. With the power of fiscal sponsorship, we empower our mentors to bring S.T.E.M. education to 30,000+ students while we handle the nonprofit paperwork.

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Apply for Membership

If you work in tech, we welcome you to apply to be a member of a Hacker Fund chapter. Not all members of Hacker Fund Mentor Chapters are software engineers, designers, or data scientists.

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Meet with Onboarding Team

Once you submit your application, a senior member of our onboarding team will reach out to discuss your volunteering goals, your experience with mentorship, and any questions you may have about the program.

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Plan your Activities

Once you're approved to start a chapter and you sign your agreement with Hacker Fund, you will receive access to the resources you need to plan your chapter activities. Think hackathons, workshops, career fairs...the possibilities are endless!

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Recruit Members

Do you have coworkers who share in your passion for inspiring the next generation? We will help you recruit them to your chapter.

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Serve, Track, Report, & Grow

Our dashboard and resources will help you and your chapter members serve the community, track your impact, and report it to your stakeholders. Let's grow together!

AS FEATURED IN

Join Hacktoberfest!

We are rallying 200,000 hackers to contribute to open source projects! Join our team and our community partners in driving this movement forward throughout the month of October. As our friends from Digital Ocean say: open source is changing the world - one contribution at a time!

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