In March, Faith Technologies, Menasha, Wis., gave $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club with a little help from its social media community. Customers, partners and employees from across the country voted in an online poll to determine which of the four nonprofit organizations designated by Faith Technologies’ Giving Committee would receive the donation. The Boys and Girls Club won with 46 percent of the votes, followed by the American Heart Association with 35 percent of the votes; the remaining votes went to Earth Share and Junior Achievement.
“Driving engagement with our internal and external advocates is important for us. It made sense for the employees, customers and partners who know us best to help us choose an organization that reflects our values,” says Renee Torzala, Faith Technologies’ community relations manager. “With its passion for safety, caring relationships, character development and building trusting leaders, we see a lot of ourselves in the values that the Boys and Girls Club brings to the table.”
Beyond the $5,000 donation allocated from the company’s annual sponsorship budget, Faith Technologies regularly supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Way and Salvation Army, as well as hosts a golf tournament benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. Employees also participate in charity walks/runs, donate blood, adopt families during the holidays, collect school supplies and mentor students. Efforts are geared toward the company’s key giving priorities: industry education and training, health and wellness for the community, and eco-responsibility and conservation.
One of Faith Technologies’ goals is to empower employees so they develop a sense of purpose and meaning that goes beyond their individual jobs.
“By encouraging corporate social responsibility, we’re creating a culture of teamwork that emphasizes service leadership over individual ambitions,” Torzala says. “As a result, employees will be happier and we’ll have stronger communities and a brighter future.”
Ken Baumgart, Faith Technologies’ director of risk management, agrees that people who are engaged in their communities are more fulfilled and intrinsically happier. “Seeing your coworkers volunteering outside the regular work setting highlights them in a positive and meaningful way,” he says. “You can’t help but think of their impact in the community, and it brings a smile to your face whenever you see them.”
Boys & Girls Club
Serves kids ages 6 to 18
Core program areas include education and career development, the arts, sports, healthy lifestyles, and character and citizenship development.
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