ZIG (Zia Incubator for Giving) provides an outlet for Zia to positively impact society by collectively or individually expressing our talents and passions through charitable actions.
Current Projects and Initiatives
i.c.stars Denver Jobs Program Startup
The goal of this project is to create an IT jobs program in the Denver metro area to serve the needs of the local IT industry, as well as those of underprivileged young adults. Zia has chosen to build on the success of the Chicago-based i.c.stars program, leveraging their program model and experience. Zia is currently working with i.c.stars to expand their jobs program to Denver.
Nonprofit Cultivation Center
The Nonprofit Cultivation Center is a partnership between Boulder County and the United Way, which serves Boulder and Broomfield. Their purpose is to provide assistance to local nonprofits in performing core business functions, such as accounting, finance, and IT. Zia is partnering with the Nonprofit Cultivation Center to help nonprofits identify and define their IT needs in order to help ensure the success of those organizations. Zia also gave a presentation on cloud-based computing infrastructure at the Nonprofit Cultivation Center’s 2012 technology summit.
Zia Food Drive
Community Food Share is Boulder and Broomfield Counties’ food bank. They collect donated food from many sources, and store the donated food in their warehouse where it is sorted, packaged, and checked for spoilage. Over 50 local basic needs agencies rely on them for free food to pass on to their clients. They also operate programs like the Feeding Families program which provides free food to families with school-children living in poverty. Zia is participating in this program by collecting food and donations.
Zia employees Individual actions
In addition to the things ZIG is doing, Zia folks are up to good things in their own lives. It’s all part of the Culture of Giving at Zia. Following are some of the projects and programs our people are involved in.
Boulder County AIDS Project
The Boulder County AIDS Project (www.bcap.org) serves men, women and children who are HIV positive living in Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties. All care services are free, confidential and offered within a non-judgmental environment. Care services include case management, access to medical care, financial assistance, food bank, volunteer support, and pro bono professional support services. Zia employees help staff fundraising events from time to time. They joined the fight against AIDS at a local level way back in 1991, and are now part of the Speakers Bureau — giving presentations on safe sex at local high schools, and have also served on the BCAP Board of Directors for several years.
The mission of BoulderReads! (www.boulderreads.org) is to help people discover the power and joy of reading. The program serves adults and children. One of our employees is involved by volunteering his time tutoring adults in reading.
San Jose State University Police Cadet Program
The cadet program is an all volunteer organization that aids the university’s police department and the University as a whole through various services provided to the campus. These students play an intricate role in police operations and crime prevention as well as traffic control and parking enforcement.
Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association
A Zia employee serves on the Board of Directors of the Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association (www.coalcreek.com). The CCCIA serves the Coal Creek Canyon, CO community, supporting local kids’ groups, providing scholarships, contributing to emergency community needs, and sponsoring community events. The CCCIA is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Center, which is used regularly by many local organizations
As part of serving the CCCIA, we help organize the Scartop Mountain Run 5k/12k (www.runcoalcreek.com), which is an annual running event on the 4th of July that benefits the CCCIA.