The Bazaarvoice Foundation started as a grassroots movement in the Bazaarvoice, Inc (BV) headquarters during the company's first year, and stemmed from a company culture based on generosity. Says BV co-founder Brett Hurt, "We started to discuss what type of soul we would like this new person – this new collective that we were founding named Bazaarvoice – to have. We wanted that soul to be a generous one. We wanted that soul to engage the entirety of Bazaarvoice – and, most importantly, its employees."
A group of BVers, who embodied the core company value of generosity, informally organized to provide volunteer opportunities, product donations, fundraising drives and more. They called themselves the Bazaarvoice Foundation. The incredible community impacts created by their organic passion over the years led the BV leadership team to formalize the company’s commitment to generosity by seeding and registering the BV Foundation as a 501(c)3 just prior to the company’s 2012 IPO.
At the same time, employees gathered to choose the mission for the newly formalized foundation, knowing they wanted it to focus on a single area that both embodied the spirit of BVers and offered the opportunity to make a deep, measurable impact. The new BVF was born with a mission to create the next generation of entrepreneurs, the next Brett Hurts and Brant Bartons -- the next business leaders whose companies would bring so much good to the lives of their employees and to the communities they call home.
According to Hurt, "The Bazaarvoice Foundation embodies some of the best attributes of Bazaarvoice."