When we started Jackson River in 2008 we had a simple business plan. It wasn't filled with lofty goals for things like revenue, number of employees or market share. Those things are important in business but can also lead to the tail wagging the dog. Instead we had one simple idea: figure out the problems progressive nonprofits face and solve them. That became our business plan.
We knew we needed to be a nimble company, that the problems of today may not be the problems of tomorrow, and that we wanted to create "a company we want to work for". Seems simple, yes? Turns out this was a good idea. Since 2008 we have listened first and acted second, resulting in one of the most innovative approaches to solving the problems with enterprise nonprofit software and a corporate culture that values our clients causes, our coworkers and our work without it being at expense of our friends and families.
Through the years we have grown both in terms of size as well as in how we work. We have developed better processes, deeper partnerships with clients, more sophisticated tools and helped some of the largest and most influential nonprofits transform their digital engagement. Ultimately we've had to grow not because we were aiming at a target. Rather, we had to grow in order to fulfill our mission of helping as many progressive nonprofits as we can....and that type of growth, to fulfill a vision, is way cooler than trying to grow the bottom line.
With that in mind, we are very proud to announce that we've been listed in the 2013 inc5000 fastest growing companies in America. It wasn't necessarily something we were aiming for, but we're happy to be recognized as the 28th fastest growing company in DC and in the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in America.
Will we continue to make the inc5000? We don't know, but we do know that if we do make this prestigous list again it will be a byproduct of fulfulling our true goal of solving the problems of nonprofits.