Ideas from businesses on #GivingTuesday
The good people at #GivingTuesday collected ways businesses chose to participate in the giving day. Check out these ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.
TADLOCK ROOFING (FL/TN)
Tadlock Roofing partnered with Boys Town, a national nonprofit that supports children, families and communities on #GivingTuesday. Not only did Tadlock Roofing offer to match donations to Boys Town up to $10,000, the President of the business agreed to jump out of a plane if they met their goal. Sure enough, the President of Tadlock Roofing was captured jumping out of a plane to show that the sky’s the limit to give back.
FRIEDMAN LLP (NEW YORK, NY)
In celebration of #GivingTuesday, accounting firm Friedman LLP announced the launch of their first-ever Share to Care social giving campaign in support of their nonprofit client, Urban Arts Partnership (UAP). Friedman donated $4 to UAP each time their #FriedmanCares Slideshow was shared on social media for up to $5,000. Their Share to Care initiative was a successful and simple way for Friedman to help close the achievement gap in underresourced schools.
COOPERATIVE BANK OF CAPE COD (CAPE COD, MA)
For the fourth year in a row, the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod hosted their #GivingTuesday Restock the Shelves Food Drive in all nine of its branches. From November 1 to 27, the bank collected unexpired, nonperishable food items and monetary donations to benefit local food pantries. On #GivingTuesday, employee volunteers traveled to the various pantries to deliver food, help restock the shelves, and serve Cape Codders visiting the pantry.
CHOP CHOP RICE CO (NORTH TEXAS)
Two Chop Chop Rice Co restaurants in North Texas partnered with Make-A-Wish North Texas for their first “Winter Wishes at Chop Chop” competition to raise the most money for Make-A-Wish for the month around #GivingTuesday. Each Chop Chop restaurant sold Make-A-Wish stars with incentives for giving at different levels, made a special Snapchat filter for the month, and selected random prize winners each Tuesday and Thursday. Together the stores raised $2,300 for Make-A-Wish North Texas.
NORTHWEST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (HERNDON, VA)
NWFCU Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Northwest Federal Credit Union, celebrated #GivingTuesday with a week of giving back to the community. Volunteers came together to clean up a local community shelter’s storage facility, provide a surprise holiday party for children at an outreach center, and present a budgeting workshop to low-income families. They kicked off the week by opening the foundation’s scholarship program and donated $1,000 to the mentorship program at a local elementary school.
FLUXX (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
After a series of devastating fires in the local area, Fluxx held a company-wide volunteer day at the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, where employees helped the ACCFB pack truckloads of food to Northern California fire victims.
BLOOMINGTON POLICE (BLOOMINGTON, IL)
BPD Officers kicked off #GivingTuesday to show that #CopsCare by handing out hot coffee and bagels to morning commuters.
M & T BANK
Leading up to #GivingTuesday, M & T Bank launched the ‘Understanding What's Important Business Challenge’ and asked businesses to nominate organizations in their community that they support for a chance to win up to $10,000 for the organization. Five finalists were chosen by M&T bank and the public voted to help choose a winner. M&T bank announced the grand prize winner of $10,000 on #GivingTuesday and the remaining four finalists received $1,000 in support of their organization.
Plum Organics activated sixteen volunteer events and donated over 40,000 food pouches to children across the country. By partnering with City Dads Group for the second year, Plum Organics were able to bring organic baby food donations to organizations in twelve chapters nationwide. Additionally, Plum Organics employees volunteered at local Alameda County Food Bank.
Casper, the global sleep company, donated 100 pillows and 100 sheets to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for incoming refugee families. In addition, Casper kept up with their #GivingTuesday tradition and donated mattresses, pillows and sheets to five firehouses across NYC - one in every borough - to ensure the best sleep and comfort possible.
Unbound, a feminist adult internet site, created a bundle of products worth $215 from eight female-founded companies to sell on #GivingTuesday for a deal of $99. 100 percent of the profits went to one of three charities that help women: Planned Parenthood, She's the First, and The Girl Project. One lucky purchaser made the decision of where the profits went.
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS / HOUSTON
On #GivingTuesday DICK’S Sporting Goods surprised Houston reVision, a soccer program created for young refugees previously surrounded by violence and poverty in Africa, with $120,000 of equipment and funding to sustain the program for the next several years. In addition to the donation to Houston reVision, DICK’S Sporting Goods committed to giving away $2 million in funds to youth sports programs affected by devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida during the holiday season.
JP MORGAN CHASE
JP Morgan Chase encouraged employees to donate to nonprofits of their choice by using the firm’s workplace giving program competition with a $2 for $1 matching gift promotion. Through interoffice promotion and the incentive to win the title of most generous state, employees raised over $4.7 million for nonprofits around the country, more than a 23% increase from 2016.
RILEY’S CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION/1070 FAN RADIO (INDIANAPOLIS, IN)
Riley’s Children’s Foundation ran a collaborative campaign with local celebrities, businesses, and the 1070 Fan Radio station to encourage blood donations and fundraise for the Riley Hospital for Children. Throughout the day, Riley’s Children’s Foundation held live Q & A chats with celebrities in media, sports, and business on their #GivingTuesday webpage. In addition, 1070 Fan Radio hosted a live broadcast with prizes at the local mall in support of Riley’s Children’s Foundation. Together, they mobilized the local community online, on air, and in person to encourage 610 donors to give blood and raised $112,502.
HEART OF DALLAS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (DALLAS, TX)
Heart of Dallas Young Professionals (HODYP) held their third annual Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch event on #GivingTuesday. Six nonprofit finalists that support local youth programs and services were chosen to present a three-minute live pitch ‘Shark Tank style’ to convince a panel of judges why their organization deserves grant dollars to help them achieve their mission. The event granted $100,000 to the six local nonprofits.
THE SALVATION ARMY OF FOND DU LAC (FOND DU LAC, WI)
The Salvation Army of Fond du Lac and the East Wisconsin-UP Michigan Region Thrivent Member Network teamed up to host a variety of events on #GivingTuesday to embrace the spirit of the day, while raising awareness and funds. Events throughout the day included, signature Red Kettles run by Thrivent members, community drawing sessions, a coloring contest, live entertainment, a visit from Santa, and present giveaways at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.