Scaled Agile Announces Commitment to Social Impact, Pledges 1% Equity and Employee Time to Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO)

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Fast-growing Colorado startup leverages success of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) to pledge 1% of its stock equity and employee volunteer time to support Colorado Front Range community and non-profits

Scaled Agile Joins EFCO and Pledge 1% Campaign

Scaled Agile Joins EFCO and Pledge 1% Campaign

The EFCO program provides a means of sharing our success with the community in which we work and live, and also gives our employees a way to contribute individually as well.

Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI), provider of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), the world’s most comprehensive framework for adopting Lean-Agile best practices across an enterprise, announced today that it has pledged 1% of its equity and employee volunteer time to the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO).

With over 10% of Global 500 companies, and 60% of U.S. Fortune 100 companies already applying SAFe to deliver higher value business results in shorter delivery cycles, Boulder-based Scaled Agile is influencing the software and system development approaches of the largest enterprises in the world. “The Boulder community and environment contributes materially to our success, and thereby the success of our customers," said Scaled Agile co-founder and CEO, Dean Leffingwell. "The EFCO pledge is one way we can all give back to the community in which we live.”

Scaled Agile is joining more than 500 entrepreneurs and companies across the globe that have committed to philanthropic efforts through the Pledge 1% movement, which was developed and based on the EFCO corporate giving model. By pledging equity and employee time, Scaled Agile also seeks to inspire, facilitate and encourage other companies to make a positive impact in their community.

“As a conscientious startup, we think about our core values and how to build the right culture every day,” said Chris James, COO and President of Scaled Agile. “The EFCO program provides a means of sharing our success with the community in which we work and live, and also gives our employees a way to contribute individually as well.”

With 30+ employees working in Boulder and regional offices, and a significant expansion plan underway, Scaled Agile is on track to donate over 700 hours of volunteer time in 2016 through its Social Responsibility Volunteer Time-Off Program. The newly launched program allows for two (2) half-days off for group volunteer activities, and eight (8) hours off per year for personal volunteering for each full-time employee of Scaled Agile.

"We believe EFCO and Pledge 1% is a great step for businesses to become a force for good in the world," said Ryan Martens, EFCO’s co-founder and CEO, and co-founder/CTO of Rally Software (now CA Technologies), Scaled Agile’s strategic business partner. "We applaud Scaled Agile for committing a portion of their success to their community stakeholders and social impact."

About the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO):

The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) is a network of Colorado entrepreneurs whose companies share a common commitment to pledge a portion of founding equity or a portion of annual profits to the community. By creating a culture of corporate philanthropy from an early stage, EFCO member companies instill the values of community support into their organizations and into the communities in which they reside. Learn more at

About Pledge 1%:

Pledge 1% is an effort spearheaded by Atlassian, Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, Rally for Impact, and Tides to accelerate their shared vision around integrating philanthropy into businesses around the world. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge 1% of equity, product and employee time for their communities, because pledging a small portion of future success can have a huge impact on tomorrow. Pledge 1% offers companies turnkey tools and best practices, making it accessible for any company to incorporate philanthropy into their business model. In 2016 and beyond, Pledge 1% will be partnering with Tides to leverage its global network and expertise to scale the Pledge 1% model. To learn more or to take the pledge, please visit

About Scaled Agile, Inc.:

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Scaled Agile’s mission is to help software-dependent companies achieve better outcomes, increase employee engagement, and improve business economics through adoption of Lean-Agile principles and practices based on the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). A winner of the Red Herring North America Top 100 Award, and Edison Award Nominee, Scaled Agile supports tens of thousands of practitioners of the Framework through training, certification, consulting services, and a global partner network that reaches over 35 countries and 350 cities.

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