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Playing a useful role in our community

One of Cogapp's core principles is to play a useful role in our community.

Our community includes our team and their families; our associates and wider network; our local area; the GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum) community; and the technology industry.

Charitable profit share

The Cogapp team receive a discretionary bonus based on company profitability. Since 2017, the bonus pool has also included a share for a charitable cause, usually related to our local community, that is nominated and chosen by our staff.

Beneficiaries include:

Activities and events

We bought 200 meals for people in need via FareShare, inspired by Marcus Rashford’s campaign.

Pro-bono work for Hospital Rooms, assisting setting up and running their digital art school.

We donated our hand sanitiser to the Samaritans who needed extra supplies to remain open in the Coronavirus pandemic.

We created and curated MCNx London to celebrate 50 years of the Museums Computer Network in February 2018.

We are a founding member of the cross-agency Diversity Working Group which includes colleagues from the Sussex region and beyond looking to improve diversity across our sector.

Following its launch in 1999, Cogapp has maintained the Kidney Patient Guide website and forum for more than twenty years on a pro bono basis. The Kidney Patient Guide provides free advice to people affected by end-stage renal failure.

We have provided extensive long-term volunteer support to non-profits including Our Future City, Wired Sussex and Art UK.

Brighton and Hove Pride is one of the UK’s biggest Pride festivals. It also raises money for some fantastic charities in the city. For several years we have organised and funded a project to decorate our building, New England House, with the Pride Flag in return for charitable donations from fellow businesses.

Beneficiaries to date:

We host and sponsor local codebar events. We’ve hired multiple we met at codebar. During the Coronavirus pandemic, we donated to codebar Brighton so they could run events remotely.

Brighton Project Collective was formed by Cogapp to give the producers of Brighton a chance to meet and exchange ideas.

Members of Cogapp, The Kidney Patient Guide forum and their families walked 10 miles over 12 iconic London Bridges raising money for Kidney Research UK.

Our Deputy Production Director, Louise, walked the Museum Marathon, raising money for Autism in Museums.

We have worked with Hospital Rooms and NHS Make Your Mark at reduced rates / pro bono to support their vital work supporting mental health patients during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Five members of our team volunteered for the Macmillan Brighton takeover.

Samesky donation towards Burning of the clocks, a wonderful Brighton festival.

A group of staff took part in Movember to raise money for health charities.

We bought every employee a Keep Britain Kind t-shirt, the proceeds of which support Liberty’s human rights work.


We have also sponsored conferences and events including:

  • Museum Ideas
  • MuseWeb
  • CultureGeek
  • IIIF conference
  • CharityComms
  • Brighton Digital Festival
  • Spring Forward Festival
  • Wired Sussex TalentFest
  • Lumen Prize
  • Your Rewired State Hackathon
  • TedX Brighton
  • Farm Hack Day


Our gender-neutral office toilet is twinned with Latrine No. 15644 in Bagerhat, Bangladesh.