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Giving Back: 12,000 Hours and Counting

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This article was originally posted by the Microsoft Alumni Foundation when David Habib was nominated for their 2012 Integral Fellows Awards.

After leaving Microsoft in 2000, I knew I wasn’t ready to retire and I wanted to find meaningful work that gave me satisfaction. Given how fortunate I was for having worked at Microsoft, I was looking for the right opportunity that would allow me to give back to the community.

I heard about Social Venture Partners, and was immediately interested by their mission of providing philanthropic education to partners, providing monetary grants to nonprofits, and providing volunteer professional services to grantees to strengthen their capacity and ability to deliver on their mission.  I joined the partnership and quickly made good use of the many partner education opportunities SVP provided. I was then ready to volunteer my technical skills to the nonprofits that were being served by SVP.

One of my first projects was to work with New Futures, a nonprofit serving low-income families in Burien. New Futures needed a way to track who was enrolled in their programs, and the services they received, as well as a slew of reporting requirements from their funders. Based on their needs, I created a database for tracking and reporting on this data. I deployed the solution to multiple New Futures sites, and provided training to staff on how to use the system.

Having been one of the lead developers on the first two versions of Microsoft Access, I found it very satisfying to be able to apply my knowledge to create a system that staff could easily use. Twelve years later, and this database system I created is still in use, and I continue to provide support to them when needed.

My success with New Futures inspired me to continue lending technical expertise to nonprofits. They all have a huge need for data systems, but don’t have the capacity to create the solutions they need to achieve their goals. It’s been very gratifying knowing that the solutions I create help the nonprofits better serve their clients, spending less time on administration, and more time on service delivery.

Over the last 12 years, I’ve volunteered over 12,000 hours of my time, creating database systems and websites for over 25 nonprofits in the Puget Sound area. As my expertise in providing client tracking systems for nonprofits increased, I then shared my knowledge and provided a database template for other SVP volunteers to use on database projects, and continue to serve as a resource to answer technical questions from SVP volunteers.


David and his wife Cathy also volunteer with their kids through family service projects.

For the last three years I have been volunteering 4 days a week at Groundwire, a nonprofit investee of SVP. At Groundwire I’ve been creating nonprofit applications that have been made available for free to the nonprofit community who are using Salesforce. I first created an Auction Management application that is now in use by over 180 nonprofit organizations, and then a Volunteer Management system that is in use by over 820 nonprofits around the world.

It has been very satisfying to design and implement these solutions that have been leveraged by so many different groups. I continue to be involved in SVP, and appreciate the way it helped connect me to the nonprofit community, allowing me to have such a meaningful impact on so many nonprofits.

David HabibDavid Habib is an SVP Partner who has spent more than 12,000 hours volunteering his time and expertise with more than 25 nonprofits at SVP. From making it easier for families to apply for assistance at Child Care Resources to developing a sophisticated Auction Management application that has been installed by more than 150 organizations, David exemplifies the impact that one volunteer can have working quietly behind the scenes, advocate for their causes, and expand their impact.

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