Our

Story and Mission

We're nonprofit people - founders, philanthropists, board members, volunteers and advocates - and hard-core tech execs who care deeply about the world and the organizations that are changing it for the better. We’ve worked hand-in-hand with nonprofit leaders to reimagine technology specifically for nonprofits and their communities.
Our mission is to unlock the potential of nonprofits to solve the world's problems. We build holistic, modern solutions that enable nonprofits to optimize resources and maximize impact through establishing strong, meaningful connections with their community.
Leadership Team
Adam Miller
Co-Founder & CEO
Karen Gift
COO
Hala Al-Adwan
CTO
Ali Tahmasbi
CPO
Founders’ story
Instil was founded by Adam Miller and Kirsten Helvey in 2020. After 15 years together building Cornerstone OnDemand into a multi-billion dollar cloud computing company to help educate the world, they channeled their expertise toward building a modern tech platform to revolutionize the nonprofit space.

Social impact has always been a priority for both Adam and Kirsten. Even while running Cornerstone, Adam founded and scaled several nonprofits, from local charities like LA-Tech.org to national organizations like FARE to international nonprofits like Team Rubicon. Kirsten worked closely with the Cornerstone Foundation and was on the board of Junior Achievement of Southern California.
Having one foot in the tech world and the other in the nonprofit world gave them a very unique perspective. They saw firsthand how nonprofits were stuck on an unfair playing field–forced to use systems that were never built for them, outdated or incomplete–while the corporate world got the latest, greatest technology. They joined forces once again to even the playing field and make a positive impact in the nonprofit world, one mission at a time.
Backed by

Charles River Ventures

CRV is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms. Since 1970, the firm has invested in more than 500 startups at their most crucial stages, including Airtable, DoorDash, Dropbox, Hubspot, Kong, Ring, Twitter and Zendesk.

Greycroft

Greycroft is a leading venture capital firm managing in excess of $1 billion and has made over 150 investments since inception in leading companies including Acorns, Braintree, Buddy Media, Huffington Post, Maker Studios, Scopely, Thrive Market, Trunk Club, Venmo.
Team culture & values

Collaboration is Everything

We work to build trust through transparency and consistency, hire for humility and foster empowerment on our team. We understand that it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Challenge Your Biases

We understand that discomfort is part of growth, believe that process is a tool while progress is the point, and we strive for diversity in all systems.

Cultivate Inspiration, Pursue Impact

We strive to mingle curiosity, enthusiasm, craftsmanship, and change-making.
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