EllieCares: Focused on Giving Back
In the business world, Ellie Mae’s mortgage technology solution has influenced the way mortgage bankers and brokers conduct business. In the community, Ellie Mae® employees have helped play a role in improving the lives of people. Ellie Mae’s community efforts are spearheaded by EllieCares, a program conceived and run by Ellie Mae employees. Company volunteers identify areas of need in our community, partner with local non-profits and mobilize Ellie Mae staff to assist via out-of-office workdays and in-office fundraisers and events. Ellie Mae encourages employee participation by providing paid volunteer days that aren’t counted against vacation time. In addition, Ellie Mae matches employee contributions to certain company-sponsored fundraising events.
Ellie Mae Donates Computers to Benefit Students in Kenya
Recently, Ellie Mae donated four laptop computers to an art-for kids non-governmental organization (NGO) serving a village in Kenya. Students, many of whom had never used a computer before, were provided with donations of laptops, textbooks and encyclopedias as part of the outreach effort.
According to Rachelle Sloss, a teacher involved with the non-profit project, the students picked up on technology quickly and were able to put the computers to good use. “The students and teachers were so excited and incredibly grateful for the donations,” she said.
“Ellie Mae is not only dedicated to serving our client community of banks, mortgage companies and credit unions by providing market-leading mortgage management solutions, we are committed to giving back to global communities, as well,” said Sig Anderman, founder and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Providing laptops for this non-profit Kenyan project is just one way we have been able to show our gratitude for our success as a software company and help communities throughout the world experience and learn about technology.”
Ellie Mae and its clients partner to help youth at Encompass Experience 2013
Ellie Mae’s Encompass® Experience 2013 in Las Vegas was more than just three days of advising clients on how to maximize their use of Encompass®. It was also an opportunity to help disadvantaged local youth.
From Oct. 14-16, Ellie Mae staff and client attendees built more than 150 bicycles that will be distributed by the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation at its annual bike day. In addition, Ellie Mae donated $10,000 towards building 100 more bicycles. In total, more than 200 disadvantaged Las Vegas youth will be positively impacted by the company’s efforts.
“Ellie Mae’s generous donation was a wonderful surprise,” said H Waldman, a Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation board member. “Their generosity and commitment to help the underprivileged youth in Las Vegas will directly touch the hearts and lives of more than 200 children. It was a great pleasure and honor that Ellie Mae was willing to work this past year with the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation. We cannot thank them enough.”
How we’ve helped:
- Donated more than $4,000 to the American Red Cross and its Haiti Relief and Development Fund and $10,000 to help victims of Hurricane Sandy
- Volunteered for the Make-a-Wish Walk For Wishes
- Donated $10,000 to Feeding America
- Donated $5,0000 to the Alameda County Community Food Bank through the Ellie Mae Marketplace fundraiser and a company match for every dollar raised
- Donated more than 4,300 pounds of food to the Alameda County Community Food Bank
- Fulfilled the holiday wishes of disadvantaged children with gifts through Family Giving Tree
- More than 20 Ellie Mae employees helped build affordable housing at Kinsell Commons in Oakland for Habitat for Humanity
- More than 40 Ellie Mae employees in five cities sorted food, labeled cans and packed boxes in local food banks to help in the fight against hunger
- Participated in the FESCO (Family Emergency Shelter Coalition ) Annual Family/Pet Friendly Walk-a-Thon and Shelter Shuffle
- Since 2012, teamed with clients to build more than 225 bicycles for underprivileged youth and has donated $20,000 to the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation of Las Vegas to help build 100 more bicycles
Ellie Mae’s Encompass has helped its clients take an environmentally-friendly approach by supporting business practices that favor paperless technology over the traditional paper-heavy processes which drain our natural resources. By helping our clients electronically originate mortgages and move data and documents without using paper, we help reduce, on average, more than 5.6 million pages of paper from the mortgage process every month. That’s the equivalent of saving approximately one acre of trees.