Empowering

Dallas

Nonprofits.

The Big Give is an one-day hackathon, where digital professionals in North Texas volunteer their time and skillsets to transform the web presences of local, nonprofit organizations.

The Big Give 2018 will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at WeWork Legacy West in Plano, TX.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

We transform local, nonprofit organizations serving our community through the mobilization of digital professionals as technological resources for our one-day hackathon events.

In short, we gather Fortune 500 tech rock stars, who volunteer their time to build or enhance websites, software and applications for nonprofits.

Bringing together need and ability, we can directly improve our common future.  

Get Involved

 

Get Involved

There are multiple opportunities for those interested in volunteering! We welcome all to spread the word, donate to The Big Give, or volunteer your administrative muscle on the day-of at our 2018 hackathon.

 
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Apply

Are you interested in becoming one of the nonprofits we transform? 

Learn more about how we can help meet your organization's needs.

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Volunteer

We're looking for designers, developers, analysts, product and project managers, photographers, copywriters, and social media and SEO experts, as well as volunteers for day-of efforts.

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Donate

Your tax-deductible donation helps us provide resources to local nonprofits. 

As an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, we can't do it without you.

 

 

Our Partners

The Big Give would not be able to provide these services without the generous support of our community partners.

For more information on sponsorship levels, please contact Geoff Ka'alani.

 

COMMUNITY PARTNER

 
 

GOLD SPONSORS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

bronze sponsorS

Nikki Khorrami


friends of the big give

 

Chris and Risa Foster

The Whitson Family

 

OUR INCREDIBLY GENEROUS IN-KIND DONORS

 
 
 
 
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Our Team

Our Board of Directors has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the nonprofit sector, coupled with a drive to give back.

 
 
 KEISHA WHALEY

GEOFF KA'ALANI

Geoff has been creating interactive experiences for small businesses, nonprofits and tiny startups over the past 2 decades. While working at nonprofits, he noted the lack of technological resources and vowed to one day fill this need.

After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Geoff has continued to serve the nonprofit community through volunteer work, but felt compelled to do more in his beloved state of Texas and has a certain knack for rallying people to do good.  

Unfortunately, he is more well known for his childhood exposure to obscure British bands, reversing the horrors of he and his wife's fixer upper, eating his way around the metroplex, and their Texas BBQ snobbery.

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KEISHA WHALEY

Keisha is the founder of Brass Tacks Collective and BT Foundry, a hybrid creative experience agency in Dallas that offers a one year, paid apprenticeship to creatives entering the industry.

In conjunction with her work for the agency, Keisha is also deeply involved in the nonprofit community. She sits on the board of Union Coffee and over the course of the last 8 years, she and BTC have done creative work for Union, Cafรฉ Momentum, the Commit Partnership, MPACT for Mankind, TeachDFW, For Oak Cliff, and many others.

Her biggest passions include social, racial, and gender equity, experiencing all the food, and being the one person living that knows more about The Golden Girls than Betty White.

 
 
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CATHERINE Ka'alani

Catherine discovered her passion for helping people and organizations flourish by managing learning programs in organizations. Her work with nonprofits has focused on helping to grow professional communities through a variety of channels, including technological tools and conferences, which dovetails nicely into the hackathon world.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UT Dallas. 

She is extremely fond of all dogs, but mostly the extremely shaggy ones. Much to the chagrin of her dieting husband, she is a phenomenal home baker, crafting the most delicious and gluten-filled desserts one could ever dream of.

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MARK LINDSLEY

Mark has a deep knowledge of product management in the tech space, having worked two decades at Microsoft, Active Network, GameStop, RealPage and Armor. He is currently a Senior Product Owner at Toyota Connected. 

As a former Staff Sergeant of the United States Air Force, Mark is active in veterans' organizations, such as Team RWB, as well as other nonprofit organizations, such as the Active Joe endurance races.  He is also active in the product management meetup community and Toastmasters.

He enjoys running with his family and friends and is also passionate about soccer. He and his wife of 28 years enjoy date nights at the FC Dallas games. Thankfully, his love for seafood has not been diminished by a severe allergy to shrimp. 

 
 
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