Born in Tacoma’s burgeoning tech cluster, Give InKind draws on Tacoma’s community values to ignite support networks for life’s challenging moments. With a string of recent investments and a fast-growing user base, the startup is primed to continue sparking change from its base in Tacoma-Pierce County.
“Tacoma takes care of its own,” said Give InKind Founder and CEO Laura Malcolm to describe the spirit of community which helps drive Tacoma-Pierce County startups to greater heights.
The social impact technology startup is a bonafide, homegrown Tacoma, WA success story. Founded in 2016, Give InKind powers a social support platform to help loved ones and those in the wider community during times of need.
The concept for this startup quickly gained traction. Give InKind raised $1.5 million in pre-seed funding in 2019 – tripling its initial goal. Then the pandemic hit, driving up popular demand for the platform. Give InKind raised an additional $900,000 in 2020, followed by $500,000 in 2021. The company is leveraging these investments to expand its offerings and partner with healthcare systems like Tacoma-based Multicare.
Looking ahead, Give InKind plans to build engineering and customer service hubs in Tacoma-Pierce County. The company looks to achieve its goals by tapping into Pierce County’s skilled workforce. This growing talent pool is bolstered by Tacoma-Pierce County’s strategic location, welcoming communities and higher education institutions.
“You have people who have built careers at the tech giants but they all live in the South Sound because quality of life is better,” said Malcolm. “Having University of Washington Tacoma and the number of technical schools here such as Tacoma Community College, Bates and Pierce College is amazing.”
“We have such a strong community spirit here and so, for me, it only makes sense to grow Give InKind in Tacoma. Our company embodies that spirit of giving and that we’ll always take care of each other.”