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From the idea that a business can exist to benefit its community and that employees want more from careers than paychecks, sprung Impact Makers. We are a competitive social venture led by senior consulting executives, dedicated and prepared to do things differently. Impact Makers competes head-to-head for contracts in the highly competitive professional services consulting world, and wins its fair share based on superior competence and performance.
There is one critical difference: Impact Makers is a for profit Virginia benefit corporation that is committed to helping members of the community by contributing 100% of its net profits to charities over the life of the company. Labeled “social entrepreneurship” or “public-private partnership” in academic, business and political circles worldwide, the idea is not new, but real-life implementations are rare indeed. Impact Makers is pioneering the application of this concept through an innovative new business model.
Impact Makers has made the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for five consecutive years. In 2016, Impact Makers ranked no. 1067, with three year sales growth of 366%. (In 2015, our rank was no. 1549, no. 463 in 2014, no. 514 in 2013, and in 2012, no. 360.) From 2013 to 2016, the company has been named ‘Best for the World’ and ‘Best for Community’ by scoring in the top 10% of B Corporations. Impact Makers has ranked on Richmond’s Top Workplaces List for Small Employers from 2014 to 2016.
Impact Makers is proud to be a founding B Corporation. B Corporations™ are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps meet comprehensive and transparent social, environmental and accountability standards.
The company was founded in 2006 in Richmond, Virginia and is a small business. With the Federal government, we are registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). Impact Makers’ headquarters office is located in a qualified HUBZone.
Our clients not only achieve their business goals via the work of a team of experienced consultants but also contribute directly to the welfare of their community through Impact Makers’ contribution of profits to our nonprofit partners. It is a Win-Win-Win-Win proposition! Clients Win: Clients get premium consulting and first rate project delivery to satisfy critical business needs. While at the same time, they participate in social consciousness, both in a direct financial contribution to Impact Makers’ partners and by supporting the Impact Makers’ business model. Employees Win: Impact Makers professionals get to do something they really care about while earning top wages for their valuable experience, skills and training. In addition to financial contributions, employees are given time each week to devote to direct, hands-on work with our nonprofit partners. The resulting increased job satisfaction enables Impact Makers to attract top candidates and to retain its employees longer than others in an industry where human capital and employee retention are of utmost value. See Impact Makers’ Top Workplaces Listing. Community Service Partners Win: The nonprofit partners get a recurring, sustainable income that frees precious resources previously consumed by fundraising and re-focuses them directly on services to the community. Society Wins: Society gets a working model of business success blended with social responsibility. When business, societal and individual needs converge, a powerful model emerges to challenge the way things are commonly done.
At Impact Makers, we recognize that diverse backgrounds, experiences and cultures strengthen our work and our workplace. We strive to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace through greater recognition, understanding and appreciation of a broad range of differences among individuals and groups within society and to incorporate this broad perspective in our work and interactions.
Our corporate philosophy on diversity and inclusion is more encompassing than the traditional concepts. At Impact Makers diversity and inclusion manifests itself in the fact that we recognize the value of differences such as age, gender, identity, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, geographic background, national origin, educational attainment, physical and/or mental ability, socio-economic background/status, and family status add to the workplace. We also value differences in work style and approach to decision-making.
We strive for this expanded form of diversity and inclusion at all levels within our organization. As we live out our values daily, we encourage our team to accept these differences among ourselves and with others, and to maintain an awareness of the impact that these differences can have on our ability to make the directed impact internally, with our clients and within the community.