One of the most appealing considerations as we contemplated starting Foundant was the fact that the company would be involved in the philanthropic community. We’ve always felt fortunate to have the opportunity to work with individuals and organizations that are focused on improving their communities and our own philanthropic efforts are an important part of the culture we’re building at Foundant. We’re still a small company with fairly modest means but we’re doing our best to have an impact on our community via our volunteerism, employee matching gifts program and a commitment to donating at least 1% of our annual profits to charitable causes. We thought you might want to see and learn about some of our activities in these areas.
The organizations served by financial contributions from our employee matching gifts and charitable giving programs represent a diversity of causes our team members are passionate about. Some of these organizations include Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Conquer Chiari Fundraiser, Ducks Unlimited and Demolay.
Every team member at Foundant has a paid benefit and is encouraged to spend up to 1% of their annual work time (about 2.5 days for full-time team members) volunteering with charities of their choice. Additionally, we perform quarterly volunteer activities where the entire Foundant team works together to support a community organization. Some of the organizations we’ve worked with on these efforts include Bozeman Area Community Foundation,Bozeman Schools Foundation, Hans Saari Fund, Big Sky Youth Empowerment, Big Brothers Big Sisters gift wrapping booth, Bowl for Kid’s Sake, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Bozeman Hospital Foundation, and Big Sky Youth Center. You can see pictures from some of the activities attached to this blog. I think you’ll see that it’s hard for us to consider any of these activities work when we have as much fun as we do.
I’m personally about to embark on a new endeavor by serving on the grants committee for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation’s annual competitive grants program. I have 36 proposals queued up in Grant Lifecycle Manager awaiting my review and scoring. Chris Dahl isn’t necessarily very excited about all the Idea Lab suggestions I’ll be submitting on behalf of grant reviewers after going through this experience but it’s something I’m very much looking forward to!
Hopefully this post gives you some additional insight into Foundant’s culture and some of the great nonprofits we work with in our community. We’d love to hear more about your volunteer activities and nonprofit organizations that are vital to your communities.