From the first day my business partner and I started InVision Communications, giving back was at the heart of our company’s culture. Philanthropy is one of our guiding principles, and we are committed to giving back to the communities where our clients and employees live and work. As a corporate communications engagement agency dedicated to helping our clients create impactful communications strategies and events, we know that it’s important to invest in people, which is why I am pleased to announce our participation in Pledge 1%.

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See work for the day on a personal dashboard, and get a good idea of what needs to get done; no more clicking around or searching through email notifications. All of the pull requests that need attention are right there, and can be dealt with quickly. Also see who else is reviewing the code, their approvals, comments, tasks, and whether there are any merge conflicts or build failures.

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Over a 14-week period from March to June, our Atlassian teams got their hands dirty racking in a total of 2,800 volunteer hours, which is equal to $64,000 in contract labor! By then end of our project, we were able to welcome home a single mom and her son to the house we'd built for them with a ribbon cutting ceremony, lots of high fives, and some tears, too.

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The San Francisco homeless population is one of the highest in the country, and perhaps the most visible. When I first moved here, I would walk by an encampment, or someone sleeping on the street, and my heart would bleed for them. But after walking by enough people, every single day, that sadness turned into anger, and eventually into something worse: apathy.

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Our education system hasn't really caught up to the break-neck speed of the technological changes we are experiencing. But as a technology company, we are literally bursting with computer science talent. I started to wonder what it would be like to bring the knowledge that we have to schools and teach kids the basics of computer science skills.

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