Vonage Launches Spotlight for Donations Program
Published on May 10, 2021

What is Spotlight for Donations?

Spotlight for Donations is a new program that offers more options to people interested in creating content for Vonage's Developer Spotlight program.

Interested in contributing to the program? Apply today! We are looking for authors to contribute and become a part of our developer community. If you have built something using one or many of our APIs, then write about it!

And now, authors can choose to donate their $500 payout to a tech-focused charity.

Teach others and grow as an author while supporting tech-focused nonprofits and charities doing important work in the industry.

Dev Spotlight authors play an active role in growing our library of tutorials on innovative ways to use our APIs.

Pay It Forward

Any time you share your knowledge with others, you're doing a service to the community. But now you can pay it forward in more ways than one. When you help us build our API-driven community by contributing a tutorial, helping your fellow developers learn and grow, you can choose to donate your $500 payment to a charity making a difference in the technology industry.

Our Spotlight for Donations program is the same as the regular Developer Spotlight program; the only difference is where the money goes. We’ve curated a list of tech-focused nonprofits you can choose from; at this time we don’t have the ability to donate to any nonprofits not on our list, but we hope we’ve collected a wide enough variety that there’s something you can feel good about supporting.

The choice is yours, and anonymous, so don’t second guess yourself. If you’re a young programmer working hard to make a living, let us pay you for your work. If you’re a veteran working at a large company, where perhaps you don’t have the option to write for payment? Donate it instead!

Whatever you choose, our goal remains the same: to give something back to the community. We want to give you a moment in the spotlight and, if you so choose, we want to help you support a worthy cause. Either way, we’re building a library of top-quality tutorials to inspire other developers with innovative uses of our APIs, and we need your input.

Spotlight Charities

We have identified 14 tech-focused nonprofits that you may choose from if you choose to write your Spotlight for Donation. At this time we are unable to give to charities not on this list, but we hope we've found something everybody can feel good about supporting:

Black Girls Code Inc.

  • Our Vision: To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.


  • TechSoup offers a range of services to help your nonprofit better implement and manage your technology. From emergency tech support to strategic planning to fully managed IT services, our offerings are designed to meet the needs of all types of organizations.

Center for Democracy and Technology

  • As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we work to preserve the user-controlled nature of the internet and champion freedom of expression. We support laws, corporate policies, and technology tools that protect the privacy of internet users and advocate for stronger legal controls on government surveillance.

Project Include

  • Project Include’s mission is to give everyone a fair chance to succeed in tech. We are a non-profit that uses data and advocacy to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in the tech industry.

The Guardian Project

  • Guardian Project creates easy to use secure apps, open-source software libraries, and customized solutions that can be used around the world by any person looking to protect their communications and personal data from unjust intrusion, interception, and monitoring.

Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI)

  • Open Sourcing Mental Illness is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities.

Creative Commons Corporation

  • Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. We unlock the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity.

IEEE Foundation

  • The IEEE Foundation is a leader in transforming lives through the power of technology and education. The IEEE Foundation enables IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education; supports the IEEE professional community; and inspires the generosity of donors.


  • NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.

Women Who Code

  • We envision a world where women are proportionally represented as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers.

Girls Who Code

  • 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. We’re building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.

Out in Tech

  • Out in Tech is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that unites the LGBTQ+ tech community. We do this by creating opportunities for our 25,000 members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change.

Child’s Play

  • Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 100 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.


  • TechBridge breaks the cycle of generational poverty through the innovative use of technology to transform nonprofit and community impact. TechBridge is a nonprofit that arms other nonprofits on the frontline of alleviating the causes of poverty with technology that will allow them to expand the impact of their mission.

Lauren LeeVonage Alumni

An English teacher turned empathetic software engineer. A curious optimist with a passion for creating accessible content and helping developers level up their skills.

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