2019 Best Corporate Steward -- Small and Middle-Market Business Finalists

Berkshire Bank

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Berkshire Bank Finalist Photo
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Berkshire Bank is a Boston-based community bank with more than $13 billion in assets and 130 branches across the Northeast. Berkshire focuses on three shared value priorities: building a responsible workforce, fostering sustainable communities, and financing the future.

Strategic outcomes from these priorities include 100% employee participation in diversity, bias, ethics, and professional development training; the funding of $4.2 million in community contributions, with 67% benefitting under-resourced populations; and the financing of $248 million to support small businesses and $71.5 million for renewable energy and low-carbon projects.

The employee volunteer program, XTEAM, sees 100% employee participation and the board of directors created a Corporate Responsibility & Culture Committee tasked with overseeing the company’s shared value performance.


Propeller is a 100-person, employee-owned management consulting firm serving four locations—Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Denver; and Silicon Valley. Fifty-six percent of its employees are women, including its CEO.

In 2018, Propeller experienced 41% revenue growth and 38% staff growth. “Commit to People” is Propeller’s core mission, and last year it completed seven pro bono projects dedicated to hosting and leading professional development workshops, board off-sites, speed mentoring sessions for small business owners, as well as leadership goal setting and business planning seminars.

In 2019, Propeller’s goal is to donate 1% of total consulting hours toward community service. Additionally, Propeller matches up to $50 of every donation employees make to a nonprofit organization. Last year, employee donations and company matching supported 34 different nonprofits.

SignUpGenius, Inc.


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SignUpGenius, the leading online sign up provider, helps up to 18 million sign up page creators and participants organize events and volunteers each month. The tool can coordinate anything from large nonprofit fundraisers to disaster relief efforts to meals for neighbors in need, and it is free to use at the basic level. SignUpGenius focuses on empowering groups with simpler organizing, so they have more time to accomplish their world-changing missions.

One of SignUpGenius’ core values is treating employees, customers, and communities better than they expect to be treated. The company offers flexible work schedules, family leave for every type of caretaker, and equal leadership opportunities for all employees, including those working part-time.

Since its creation, SignUpGenius has donated more than $500,000 to nonprofit organizations. This year, the 31-person team has pledged to serve 300 volunteer hours.