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Drake Software Spearheads Corporate Citizenship with School Supply Drive

November 14, 2022

FRANKLIN, NC – Drake Software, a nation-wide tax software company based in Franklin, North Carolina, kicked off the 2022 school year by donating teacher-requested items worth over $30,000 to schools in communities where company offices are located.

Drake Software’s School Supply Drive included many of the Drake Software locations outside of the main Franklin campus, as well. Of the 803 items donated by employees, 455 came from the main campus—the remaining 348 were donated to teachers in Sylva, Waynesville, and Hayesville, North Carolina; and Antioch, Tennessee. Drake Corporate added another 1,403 items for a grand total of 2,156, bringing the total value of items donated to $30,000.

The School Supply Drive was not the first teacher-specific community outreach Drake Software hosted this year—in March, the company also provided lunch for all Macon County, NC teachers and staff. In April, Drake Software sponsored Hacktivate Greenville (a hackathon to support Greenville County Schools in South Carolina) as part of Drake Software’s opening celebration for the Greenville office. ECPI, a local college, was present at the event, along with Bill Brown, the Executive Director of Education Technology Services for Greenville County Schools.

“It’s been a particularly stressful few years for all due to COVID-19,” says D’Anne Maddox, Director of Employee Engagement and Corporate Communications at Drake Software, “and the impact on our education system has been huge.  We want to see teachers and students thrive, not just survive.  The kids are our future, and our teachers work hard—our hope is that helping them feel cared for, acknowledged, and appreciated will have a lasting positive impact.”

Corporate citizenship is an important aspect of Drake Software’s company culture, from community support to local conservation. A representative of Drake Software serves on the Mainspring Conservation Trust board, which is a group focused on conserving the waters, forests, farms, and heritage in the Upper Little Tennessee and Hiawassee River Valleys.

“We look for community projects that fill basic necessities, like food drives, environmental conservation, teacher support—and of course, just getting our community together for fun,” says Maddox.

Along with various fundraisers for local food and blood drives, Drake Software also sponsored an outdoor Summer Concert Series to provide free entertainment as a way to thank our employees, and our surrounding community, for their support.

“We believe citizenship is part of our company culture and always has been,” says Maddox. “In the same ways that Drake Software values and respects its employees, the company deeply values its communities and strives to make long-term positive impacts through legal, ethical, and economical standards. There is a sense of pride that comes with working for a company that cares—it’s nice to have purpose in what we do for a living, and even more so when our teams can be a part of something bigger.”

About Drake Software
Drake Software, a private company founded in 1977, provides software solutions to over 70,000 tax and accounting firms that file more than 36 million tax returns every year. Known for its award-winning customer service team, Drake Software is also consistently recognized for excellence in quality, value, and reliability. As part of its commitment to innovation and customer success, the company has continued to expand product offerings, integrations, and customer-service efforts—more than doubling its customers over the past decade.