thedatabank, Gbc. (General Benefit Corporation)

Technology for Non-profits

St. Paul, Minnesota

United States

About thedatabank, gbc.

thedatabank, gbc. was founded in 1998, through the vision of its two founders, Chris Hanson and Mark Paquette. thedatabank's mission is to create positive social change through technology. They do this by providing capacity building software solutions to nonprofit organizations, government entities and social enterprises engaged in making the world a better place; and by providing a workplace that respects diversity, encourages innovation, and creates sustainable employment for the community. thedatabank's web-based nonprofit software is uniquely designed to help each of its clients develop and sustain long-term relationships with their supporters. By providing custom and configured database driven software solutions, thedatabank can create an effective relationship management and communications system that meets each organization's needs.

Since our founding in 1998, thedatabank has been a company that makes decisions based on how those decisions impact the business, our employees and our larger community of stakeholders. Becoming a Certified B Corporation is a natural extension of who we are, with the added benefit of becoming part of a growing community of like-minded companies that are actively engaged in changing the way people perceive success in the business world.

The Change We Seek®

thedatabank’s clients are nonprofit organizations, government entities and social enterprises. Through the use of thedatabank’s Technology for Change, these organizations can more effectively build capacity and relationships with people who support their work, helping them succeed in achieving positive change in their communities. thedatabank is also committed to helping redefine what “success” is for a small business, by showing that a business can be financially successful by being socially and environmentally responsible.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

August 2011

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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