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The latest in technology, company culture, and other musings from the Mangrove team.

2020 Annual Report

Despite the rough seas of 2020, we stayed on course with our B Corp commitments and remained anchored to our purpose-driven approach.

May 1, 2021

We are pleased to share that we’ve published our 2020 Annual Report. As we reflect on last year, it’s clear how our values-driven approach to work and work-life made the difference between success and mere survival in a year of “unprecedented” everything. With confidence in our team and our mission, we’ve moved into 2021 with curiosity, resilience and even hope.

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Magnificent Mangroves

Celebrating our Namesake

April 26, 2021

Mangrove trees are pretty amazing. In honor of Earth Month, we’re sharing an interview with Alfredo Quarto, Co-founder and International Program and Policy Director of Mangrove Action Project (MAP), an organization that we are proud to support. MAP’s work aims to boost awareness of the importance of mangroves with hands-on curriculum and community involvement.

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Development and Accessibility

Understanding of the coding side of website accessibility

April 14, 2021

When our team talks to clients about website accessibility, we break it down into three categories: content, design and development. In this post, we’ll cover the key considerations from a development perspective. Many elements come into play when we talk about developing for accessibility. There are a range of edits that can be done “under the hood” to ensure the website code properly interacts with screen readers and other assistive technology tools.  
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How to Select the Perfect Technology Partner

Building Your Business' Voltron

March 17, 2021

Alex Levin is the CEO and Co-Founder at L+R, an award-winning strategy consulting firm and digital design studio. Mangrove often partners with L+R for their design and UX/UI expertise. We invited Alex to offer insight into factors design firms should consider when choosing a technology partner.

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Hack the Hood: A Need-to-Know Nonprofit

Creating a Path for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Communities in Tech

March 4, 2021

Since 2019, Mangrove has proudly supported Oakland, CA-based nonprofit Hack the Hood, an organization that empowers communities of color to succeed in tech careers. We recently had the opportunity to meet Anina Tweed, their Director of Development, and asked her to share more about the organization’s current vision and programs.

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Content Strategy for Purpose-Driven Orgs

Tips from a Trusted Partner

January 5, 2021

Lindsay LaShell, owner of digital marketing company Diamond + Branch, is a trusted partner and valued collaborator. We asked her to share her expert opinion on why content strategy particularly matters to purpose-driven organizations. Here’s what she had to say.

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Content Strategy for Your Website

A tour of Mangrove's process

November 20, 2020

When you get strategic advice for developing your content, your website then becomes a masterful storytelling and conversion tool. Ideally, your website should efficiently guide your visitors to the information they want and convince them to take actions that will engage them more fully with your services or products.

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Time for a Website Rebuild?

The care and feeding of your website

August 24, 2020

Has it been a few of years since your website got any love? Has your organization grown or changed its mission? Have you done an accessibility report and checked your site speed? Take a look behind the curtain — we’re sharing the questionnaire we use internally when clients ask if it’s time to rebuild their website.

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Design and Accessibility

First steps and tips from our team

July 28, 2020

As a group of website designers, developers and content creators, we recognize our responsibility to make our own site, and the sites we create, more accessible for all users. We have also committed to sharing information that will help our peers take steps toward greater accessibility. This post, the third in our 4-part series, aims to do just that.

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We’re Taking Action on Racial Inequity and Injustice

This is our plan of action

June 26, 2020

As a purpose-driven company and B Corp, it’s important that we do everything we can to understand how we as individuals and as a company perpetuate systemic injustice.

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Content and Accessibility

What to consider when writing for accessibility.

May 26, 2020

If you want to start to make your site more accessible without a ton of heavy lifting, content is a great place to begin. Many of the key considerations can be addressed quickly and easily without back-end support. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Mangrove’s 2019 Annual Report

Our Annual Benefit Report

April 3, 2020

We are happy to share that our 2019 Annual Report has been published (just a hair past our goal date of March! We’re giving ourselves this win, in light of the whole global pandemic thing.) This report documents our successes in 2019, serves as our annual benefit report for the year, and outlines areas where Mangrove can grow even stronger in 2020.
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Accessibility Matters

The facts about website accessibility

March 25, 2020

With an estimated 48.9 million people in the US living with a disability, it’s crucial for companies to prioritize website accessibility.

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Mangrove’s B Corp Holiday Gift Guide

10 Conscious Companies We Love

December 12, 2019

Holiday shopping is even more fun when you know you’re supporting companies that use business as a force for good. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite B Corps that sell great products and have solid values. Read on to find gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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A Few Takeaways from Recertifying as a B Corp

The BIA 3 years later...

November 8, 2019

We became a B Corp on November 9, 2016. In addition to earning our B Corp status, which was certainly cause to celebrate, it was my sister’s birthday (fun!) ….and, also the day Trump was elected (not fun, not fun at all). It was a day of extremely mixed emotions.

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Mangrove Gives Back

Our (updated) Philanthropic Commitment

October 25, 2019

Over the years, our team has thought in depth about how we can make the greatest impact with our philanthropic dollars. We at various points considered participating in fantastic 1% for the Planet program, but ultimately decided its focus wasn’t broad enough for us. So, we decided to create our own parameters.

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11 Must-Try B Corp Food & Beverage Companies

Top Picks from the Mangrove Team

September 17, 2019

During a recent chat about favorite foods, our team realized how many of our go-to snacks and beverages are produced or distributed by fellow B Corps (with the list of available options growing steadily). Here are ten foodie-friendly companies we love.

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3 Key Takeaways from BLD Mountain West

A B Corp Leadership Development Event

August 29, 2019

Last month, one of our content creators, Kelsey, attended the BLD Mountain West event in Denver, CO. Being new to the B Corp world, the event offered the perfect opportunity for her to network and learn alongside B Corp leaders and business execs who are in the process of becoming certified.

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