Ron Olsen, CEO at Remote Learner, made philanthropy and community involvement a top priority in 2016 for the open source e-Learning company. “Involvement in our communities has always been important to our team with over 80% of us contributing time and resources to our favorite organizations,” said Olsen. “At our company-wide meeting in Denver this year, we launched a more comprehensive set of charitable initiatives led by the newly formed RL Giving Committee. Remote-Learner now provides matching funds for donations made by our team members, comp time to be used for charitable or community involvement and soon, direct investment of our company’s solutions and expertise to further the mission of select non-profits and programs.”
Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute (RMMFI), Denver Metro’s 2016 Small Non-Profit of the year, is just one of the beneficiaries of Remote-Learner’s commitment to philanthropy, and this year the company is a corporate sponsor for its annual community outreach and annual fundraising event, Sunday Funday, on August 7, 2016. This celebration brings together the RMMFI team, Denver community members, volunteers and program participants for an afternoon of fun and a silent auction for various goods and services generously contributed by RMMFI supporters. All attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the organization and the excellent services it provides.
RMMFI creates economic and social mobility through entrepreneurship by providing business education and microloans to low-income, underserved community members. Their 12-week boot camp program helps those with great ideas learn the foundational elements of successful business ownership, including operations, finance, marketing, and management and pairs them with a small team of mentors to help launch their business and put their education to practical use.
About 120 businesses have graduated from the program over the past eight years, including local favorites Radiant Gardens, birds & belles boutique, Ashae Soaps and Heirloom Catering with most enterprises still in business.
Not only is Olsen a committed financial supporter of RMMFI, but he also regularly volunteers for various business mentor activities with the organization. He attends program graduations, serves as an active consumer of services RMMFI graduates provide, and participates in the program’s fundraising initiatives.
Olsen explained, “As a personal supporter of the organization for the last five years, I am pleased that Remote Learner can help sponsor this event and introduce its mission to our friends, clients, and partners from around Colorado. We are excited to further our involvement with the greater Denver community that we now call home.”