TUGG’s 7th Annual New England Tech Charity Wine Party is now seven days away. Considering over 800 people have registered, it’s clear the community is ready to let loose and gulp down (er…casually sip) some great glasses of wine and Tequila Avion at the Cyclorama, all in the name of spreading social innovation and fostering entrepreneurship.

Six nonprofits will be showcased at the event, three of which we introduced as the newest nonprofits on Tuesday. The goal is for partygoers to learn more about the nonprofits before stepping into the doors next Thursday, and so we’ve featured TUGG’s three returning organizations below.

If you haven’t signed up for the party yet, make sure you register now. Let’s reiterate: over 800 people have signed up, so do you really want to be the one sitting home alone next week, sulking because you missed out?

Here’s a look at the Wine Party’s three returning social ventures you can help directly fund.

BUILD Boston (@BUILDinBoston)

Ayele Shakur is a regional executive director.  

Let’s hear BUILD’s elevator pitch. 

BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. Our students develop their own business ideas, write business plans, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. This real-world business experience makes school relevant and motivates disengaged youth to succeed. To help them become college-eligible, students also receive tutoring, test preparation and college advising. Entrepreneurship is the hook—but college is the goal. Over the past 13 years, 95 percent of BUILD seniors have been accepted to college, with over 80 percent accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

What made you want to get involved in BUILD?

BUILD was actually brought to Boston by three managing directors from Bain Capital Ventures, who met our founder Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, a graduate of Stanford Law School, while in Silicon Valley. They were wowed by the organization and its mission. Jeff Glass, Scott Friend and Ajay Agarwal from Bain did the initial legwork to get BUILD Boston off the ground.

I came on board as BUILD Boston’s first regional executive director in 2010 for many of the same reasons—I was blown away by the amazing results BUILD has with disengaged youth. Nationwide, only about 50 percent of low-income urban youth graduate high school, so BUILD helping 95 percent of our alumni not only graduate high school, but succeed in college, is phenomenal.

Why get involved with TUGG, and how does it feel to be a returning nonprofit?

It feels great to be a returning nonprofit, because we have so much respect for TUGG and its work. Being connected to TUGG gives us great access to other entrepreneurs who are looking for interesting ways to give back. One of the great things about BUILD is that there are so many fun ways to connect with our students, whether you have an hour a week, or just an hour a year.

I think one of our mentors from the Cambridge Innovation Center put it best when he said, “Stepping into the classroom, I feel transformed. I’m no longer an entrepreneur fighting my daily challenges. Some days I’m a coach. Some days I’m a mentor. Some days I’m a drill sergeant. Some days I’m a friend. Every day, I’m rewarded. Being a BUILD mentor has been my most rewarding experience in the last year.”

If you could describe the BUILD Boston team as a kind of wine, what would it be and why?

I think BUILD would be a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, because of the wonderful differences each student and staff member brings to the table. When they are all united, something delicious is created and gets better with time.

InnerCity Weightlifting

Jon Feinman is the executive director and founder. 

Let’s hear InnerCity Weightlifting’s elevator pitch. 

InnerCity Weightlifting works with young people at the highest-risk for violence in order to reduce youth violence by getting them off the streets and into the gym, where they are empowered with the confidence and support needed to say “no” to violence and “yes” to opportunity.

Students want to come to InnerCity Weightlifting. Once there, this interest evolves toward more positive and complex goals, such as finishing school, getting a job, eventually leaving a gang. They see peers whom they respect making these choices, and they see adults whom they respect supporting these choices. The path to change suddenly comes into focus.

What made you want to start InnerCity Weightlifting?

In 2005/2006, I completed a year of Americorps, where I began working with gang-involved youth. They had few, if any, other options. They had either already been kicked out of other programs and/or just weren’t interested in any of the options available. As I got to know a group of young people who were involved in the streets, I realized that weight training was a common interest that could, if nothing else, get them off the streets and into the gym. It quickly became something much more powerful. As time went on, it became more about the relationships and positive community in the gym, rather than the weight training alone.

[I remember], in the fall of 2009, I went back to the same area of Boston to pitch my idea and on my way back I heard a voice, “Yo, what’s up Jon!” It was one of the students I had worked with in 2005—the same student that inspired me to start InnerCity Weightlifting. He was the first student we enrolled. We saw him make honor roll for the first time in his life, and get off probation for the first time in five years. But, it was not a smooth road for him, or any of our students. He was stabbed seven times and, in the summer of 2010, he was shot. He survived, but had to drop out of school to support his child who was born in February 2011. He was determined to do right, however. He remained off probation and held a full-time job for the first time in his life in 2012, while trying to get back into school to get his GED. Sadly, his past caught up with him when he was killed in the summer of 2012.

His legacy lives on. He inspired not only myself, but also our organization, and our students. Through his own courage and determination to do right, he helped change the lives of hundreds of young people.

Why get involved with TUGG, and how does it feel to be a returning nonprofit?

TUGG was one of our earliest funders, and we are honored to be a returning nonprofit. So often, our students are met with stereotypes and the “not in my back yard” attitude. The TUGG community has accepted us, which means a tremendous amount to our organization, and to our students. For our students, to feel “accepted” is an amazing and empowering experience—an experience many of them sadly did not have growing up.

If you could describe the Innercity Weightlifting team as a kind of wine, what would it be and why?

I am no wine connoisseur, but at the recommendation of Pete, one of our student’s personal training clients, I would describe the InnerCity Weightlifting team as a Zinfandel. If anyone has any questions as to why, please direct those toward Pete.

Technology for Autism Now (@tech4autismnow

Marie Duggan is the founder. 

Let’s hear Technology for Autism Now’s elevator pitch. 

Technology for Autism Now, Inc. (TAN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing quality assistive technology communication solutions for the autism community. TAN Inc. collaborates with parents, caregivers, teachers and all related health professionals to advocate for quality communication tools and emerging technology solutions. Corporations, foundations and individual philanthropists have joined TAN Inc., helping to empower thousands of autistic children.

TAN is improving the lives of children and families with autism through innovative technology solutions. TAN’s vision includes a suite of mobile applications that support specific learning needs with a toolkit for intuitive but extensive customization, and an online community where parents, teachers and other professionals can share resources, questions, best practices and successes.

What made you want to start TAN?

For almost two decades, I presented on the use of visual supports across all environments—home, school and community—and shared with thousands and thousands of people how I taught my son, [despite being] told he was “unteachable.” After, I would receive numerous emails, calls and texts, and meet with countless parents and other professionals seeking my help.

Several very reputable doctors in the field of autism started telling me I should start my own business or nonprofit to spread my learning and help other families, teachers, special educators and speech pathologists facing the same dilemma. Finally, I realized I could do this. I could share with the autism community what I knew worked.

When I was invited to TUGG’s Social Innovation Bash this past September, I shared our app and vision with so many amazing, wonderful people. [I explained] the importance of moving forward with our comprehensive vision, because our children with autism don’t have time to wait for scientists or researchers to find a cure. They need us now, and they are counting on us now to help teach them to live and grow in our society. Technology can make this possible for our autistic children.

Why get involved with TUGG, and how does it feel to be a returning nonprofit?

TUGG is an amazing organization and one TAN is proud to be involved with. TUGG and TAN go hand in hand—we are utilizing the phenomenal technology that is constantly evolving for the greater good to educate our autistic children and support them, teach them to communicate and lead more functional lives. TUGG is providing tech philanthropy, and we are using that to deliver TAN’s vision and make it a reality. Tan is thrilled to have been chosen by TUGG as one of the returning nonprofits.

If you could describe the TAN team as a kind of wine, what would it be and why?

We are New England’s favorite wine, the “Ballet of Angels”: a “bright, crisp semi-dry white wine with an impressive floral bouquet reminiscent of peaches, pears and grapefruits.”

The members of team TAN are a bunch of angels, working to improve the lives of children with autism. Just as the wine is internationally recognized, so too will we be as we seek to improve the lives of children with autism through innovative technology solutions.