Apparo volunteer since 2015 and donor since 2017, Deepak has delivered powerful impact to Charlotte nonprofits.
2015: Supported Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to improve and expand their fundraising, also became advocate for Apparo amongst his colleagues at his former employer
2017: Delivered technology assessment and plan to improve mission-focused effectiveness at Opera Carolina
2018: Conducted technology assessment and delivered plan for improvement of processes to Habitat for Humanity
2020: Became Apparo volunteer advocate at AIG
2021: Helped Samaritan’s Feet address their technology and infrastructure pain points through an assessment and plan
2021: Served as volunteer judge for Apparo’s Mission Possible Award program
We met with Deepak recently to learn about his volunteer journey with Apparo. He shared, “Initially, I was interested in the Habitat project because it was challenging and we had the right resources to address these challenges. It was very appealing to me to help solve their fundraising-related issues, rather than volunteering myself to build a house. When we demonstrated our work to attract gen z donors and gamify the fundraising approach, the director was virtually in tears. It was phenomenal to see that impact on the community. Nonprofit leaders are so humble and appreciative for work that is not that big of a stretch for us. We do it every day and take it from granted until someone tells us how appreciative they are. It may be small to us, but it’s life changing for them. That keeps me going with Apparo.
“We don’t talk about nonprofits’ operational challenges very often. Apparo was the first to help me understand that you can go beyond physically volunteering your labor and time, that you can volunteer in ways that are aligned with your work. This skills based volunteering has a far deeper impact on the nonprofit itself. It’s actually a win win win: for the nonprofit, the company, but also at a personal level. It opens up access to senior leadership, new learning and relationships.
“I continue to serve and advocate for others to volunteer with Apparo because I see the benefits for our team. I support the horizontal organization at AIG and I appreciate bringing people together as one company to solve problems. Cross-functional internal projects can get stuck when people don’t know how to navigate across the company. These nonprofit engagements give people a way to rally together around the nonprofit and giving back. This breaks down barriers and organizational silos, bringing us together as one AIG. Everyone who participates in an Apparo volunteer engagement is ecstatic about it.
“Apparo does a phenomenal job of sizing up the projects and setting them up. Thank you for everything you do, it’s very unique in the Charlotte market.”