Grad ID teams are required to partner with a local non-profit organization for a mutually beneficial project. The intent is to have students learn to collaborate to develop a project with a shared mission and benefit to the community. To date, 23 charities from the local community have benefited through the project. Collaborative projects range from design workshops for young children in underserved communities and workshops for young women in STEM related careers, to food drives and awareness for the Humane Society. In 2016, the rules were amended so winning teams are required to split their prize with their charity.
In 2013, student teams in China adopted the practice for community service.