One of Credence’s main goals as an organization is serving others. We encourage our employees to give to and volunteer time to non-profits in their communities, and Credence generously matches contributions.
Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
Since our inception, Credence has strongly valued supporting charitable organizations, through corporate events, volunteering our time, employee corporate donations, and corporate matching. We believe that our success should be shared with those in need, and our culture encourages giving back to the community in which we live. Credence is proud to support numerous non-profits and charities in the U.S. and across the globe.
Credence is excited to announce our sponsorship of the FIRST Robotics Team 836, The RoboBees, and The Stachelczyk STEM Center. FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a worldwide nonprofit organization focused on the mission of inspiring young people to become science and technology leaders and innovators. The RoboBees is a competitive team within FIRST and is currently composed of over 35 students, ranging from 4th to 12th graders, local to the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. The Stachelcyzk STEM Center was founded as the team’s permanent sponsoring facility in Hollywood, Maryland. Larry Branthoover, a Senior Acquisitions Management Analyst at Credence, currently serves as The RoboBees COPR Lead Mentor, growingSTEMS Treasurer, and the Southern Maryland FTC/FLL (FIRST Tech Challenge/FIRST Lego League) Qualifier Volunteer Coordinator. Through a competitive employee donation matching program, Credence is honored to support the RoboBees in becoming the next generation of STEM leaders and innovators. We are proud to announce that The RoboBees have qualified for both the Chesapeake District Championship and the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.
Credence is proud to have supported Unidos por Puerto Rico’s food and item drive on behalf of the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Unidos por Puerto Rico is an aid organization brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico and founded with the purpose of providing assistance to those affected by the recent natural disasters. Through Unidos por Puerto Rico’s grassroots organization, Unidos por Puerto Rico DMV, one hundred percent of Credence’s donations went to supporting Puerto Rico’s aid efforts. Over 1,000 items were collected at the donation site in Chantilly, Virginia. Our employees, and Credence through company matching, also offered assistance by contributing monetary donations through One America Appeal to help in the recovery efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Credence is honored to be actively involved in Operation Covert Santa, which gathers wish lists from recently injured troops and their families, removes all identifying information, and asks volunteers to supply the presents. All the gifts are given and received anonymously. It isn’t charity—it’s the magic of the Holidays! Credence employees have embraced the Covert Santa Holiday spirit and have donated in abundance in order to give back to those who have fought and strove to keep our country safe.
Credence is proud to have participated in the American Cancer Society’s Zumba Relay. The American Cancer Society’s mission is to free the world from cancer by conducting research, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. Credence employees provided support to the relay by making individual donations, donating gift baskets, and practicing Zumba for two hours!
Credence is proud to support Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Credence’s Hurlburt Field, Florida team spearheads our Toys for Tots philanthropic effort. Because of the overwhelming generosity of our local staff, and the additional charitable matching by our company, Credence was named the largest contributor to Toys for Tots in 2016 in the entire county of Okaloosa, Florida.
Credence is also highly involved with preventing the hunger crisis that affects numerous communities worldwide. Credence and our Dayton, Ohio office donate funds and supplies to Dayton’s Foodbank. The Dayton Foodbank is a private not-for-profit organization whose mission is to relieve hunger through the acquisition and distribution of food to those in need throughout the Dayton area.
We also support efforts to improve children’s literacy, which is one of the most critical issues of our time. In order for future generations to succeed, children must have access to the most basic building blocks for learning and literacy is the basis for all educational endeavors. Credence is a proud supporter of Everybody Wins!, which is the largest children’s literacy and mentoring organization in the Washington, DC Metro area. Credence participates in Everybody Wins! by sponsoring the EW!DC Annual Gala, participating in the EW!DC Scramble Golf Tournament, and spending invaluable time reading with children at the Marie Reed Elementary School.
Credence executives actively serve in leadership positions with several non-profit and industry associations:
GSA OASIS Shared Interest Group (OSIG)
The GSA OSIG is an industry organization formed of the nearly 200 OASIS prime companies, created to serve and support GSA and the OASIS contract vehicle. The OSIG’s objective is to expand the usage of the OASIS contract and to maximize its success by facilitating Government and Industry relationships. Prashant Gaur (PG), Credence’s President, is serving as OSIG Co-chair to support GSA and industry efforts promoting the contract and in turn, helping to give a voice to the 192 esteemed OASIS prime companies. PG is honored to use his principles of facilitative and servant leadership to make the most of the position, and is proud to humbly serve the OSIG in an inclusive, ethical, results-oriented way.
American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC)
ACT-IAC is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology. ACT-IAC provides an objective, ethical, and trusted forum where government and industry exchange information and collaborate on technology issues in the public sector. Prashant Gaur is a past President of ACT-IAC (2009-2011) and continues to participate in and support the organization. Credence also is proud to participate in the ACT-IAC Volunteer Corps Warm Coat Drive, which provides veterans and their families with warm coats for the winter season.
Fairfax County Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (ITPAC)
The ITPAC is committed to providing the Fairfax County government with the resources it requires to keep pace with emerging trends in IT; providing citizens, the business community, and employees with timely and convenient access to information and services through the use of technology; and using new technologies to create new business processes and improve government efficiency. Sid Chowdhary has been appointed as the Dranesville District Representative and has served on the ITPAC since 2010.