CodeGeek started out as a local company wanting to make a great, local impact in the digital space. Over the course of the past 20+ years, we’ve had the pleasure of expanding that impact worldwide, but we always keep in mind our roots and our investment in and responsibility for the local Fort Collins community.
There is more to us than just website design and development. We hope that our presence in Fort Collins helps make this a better place to live for everyone. And one way we do that is by partnering with others who share this higher purpose of giving back.
Read below to learn more about how we remain involved and engaged in our local community.
In 2008, CodeGeek Founder and CEO Ron Zasadzinski, co-founded the Fort Collins Internet Pros (FCIP) Meetup with marketing professional Laurie Macomber and developer Debbie Campbell. Our CodeGeek team continues to organize FCIP, which connects local web professionals, such as designers, programmers, and marketers.
The topics alternate between technology and marketing topics, and we have brought in speakers from around and beyond the Fort Collins area to discuss solopreneurship, responsive images, user experience, various software platforms, behavioral hiring practices, and more. Through FCIP, freelancers have teamed up to collaborate on projects, agencies have found quality employees to hire, and business owners have found web development and design partners.
FCIP partners with local businesses to host these meetups, and we also partner with local organizations such as Fort Collins Startup Week for special community events. FCIP also has brought together locally invested businesses as sponsors, including Warehouse Twenty One and Brillity Digital.
CodeGeek is proud to be a Business Member for Realities For Children. Realities For Children provides for the unmet and ongoing support needs of children in Northern Colorado who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk.
Visit the Realities For Children website to learn more about supporting this amazing organization and all they do so that no child is forgotten. You can also check out their presentation from a recent Fort Collins Internet Pros Meetup.
WordCamp offers local conferences around the country for anyone who currently or desires to work with WordPress—designers, developers, marketers, small business owners and more. CodeGeek employees regularly attend the Denver-based conference to continue learning and expanding our skill sets. And in 2016 and 2019, we combined our professional development with service by volunteering for those conferences.
Fort Collins Startup Week (now Founded in FoCo)
CodeGeek has been a proud sponsor of Fort Collins Startup Week (now Founded in FoCo). Led by local entrepreneurs and hosted in amazing spaces all over town, this annual event is a free, five-day celebration that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. Check out The CodeGeek Room from FCSW 2020!
You are a big part of why we are putting this week together. I think your commitment to your community, as I have experienced it through the years, sets you apart from most here and elsewhere.Andrew Schneider, past organizer of Fort Collins Startup Week
CodeGeek has been a proud sponsor of Fort Collins Comic Con, which brings together fans of all sorts of interests, the local business community, local artists, and fandom experts. Proceeds from this geektastic event, which premiered in 2015, benefit the Poudre River Public Library District.
Fort Collins Pond Hockey League (FCPHL) started in 1992 on a local pond in Fort Collins. Even though the pond is part of the city’s natural areas, the maintenance and organization is strictly done by volunteers with no assistance from the city. CodeGeek supports the league by donating website development time, and our CEO and Founder Ron Zasadzinski also regularly takes to the ice.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the FCPHL provides pond hockey in its truest form: outside and free of charge. It’s goal is to build community by having different people of different backgrounds coming together to enjoy outdoor recreation and have a sense of ownership in the maintenance of the pond for the greater good. The FCPHL also raises funds to teach underprivileged kids the great game of hockey and help individual hockey players and their families in times of need.
CodeGeek is full of hockey lovers, so we are also a proud corporate sponsor of the Fort Collins Adult Hockey Association (FCAHA). FCAHA helps bring the great sport of hockey to Fort Collins, pulling together 20-30 local teams per year and keeping Edora Pool and Ice Center busy during the hockey season. FCAHA is a drafted league, which makes it one of less than 5% of drafted leagues in the country.
Animal Friends Alliance (formerly Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, FCCR) is a “limited admission, adoption guarantee shelter” for cats and dogs. This means they need to limit how many animals they take in due to space and financial restrictions, but they guarantee that each one will be put up for adoption or will stay with them until they find their forever home.
In recent years, CodeGeek has been a proud sponsor of their annual gala Whiskers ‘N’ Wags Jubilee. In addition, a few of our team members have spent time volunteering at the shelter, and some of our furry companions once called FCCR their home.
Define the Line is a comic book that addresses sexual harassment in the workplace. As official backers of their original Kickstarter, we are excited and honored to have been a part of making this new, game-changing training tool a reality.
Time To Vote is a nonpartisan movement led by the business community to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our country’s elections.
We’re proud to join more than 2,000 U.S. businesses allowing employees the opportunity to get out and vote so that they don’t have to choose between earning a paycheck and casting their ballots.
Every company is unique. Yet, more than 500 CEOs, including our very own, are united by these nonpartisan values: Every American has a voice in our democracy. Voting should be safe and accessible to all. Elections should be fair and transparent.
We’re proud to be 100% In for democracy. Are you in?
A key principle of accessibility is to design flexible experiences so that as many people as possible can use and enjoy those experiences. For our part, we are immensely dedicated to creating accessible websites.
That’s why we’re an official sponsor of WordPress Accessibility Day, a free, 24-hour global event dedicated to addressing website accessibility in WordPress.
“We believe the web should be accessible for everyone. Supporting the larger web community effort to keep making progress on this very important objective is one of our core values.” — Ron Zasadzinski, CodeGeek CEO & Founder
Women Who Code is on a mission to inspire women to excel in technology careers. Members receive resources, networking and leadership opportunities, scholarships and so much more.
When we launched our brand-new website in November 2021, we challenged our team and our community to spread the word. And if our site received 1000 site visits that month, we pledged to donate $250 to this amazing organization.
Together, we not only met our goal, we surpassed it! So on Giving Tuesday, we excitedly fulfilled our pledge by providing a life-changing scholarship through a bootcamp sponsorship.
Young Minds At Work is an annual event hosted by Lockheed Martin to support STEM education and develop the next generation of innovators.
At these events, students can experience a day of hands-on learning with the latest technology at Lockheed Martin campuses across the U.S.
As a swag bag sponsor for the 2023 event at the Boulder campus, CodeGeek is thrilled to have helped introduce more young minds to the wonders of science and technology.
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.
In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. The percent will continue to decline if we do nothing, and the biggest drop off of girls in computer science is between the ages of 13 and 17.
At CodeGeek, we’re always thinking about the future, and we have lots of hopes and dreams for what the future will be. And supporting Girls Who Code is another way for us to invest in that future we want to see.