Because non-profits and charitable donations do such great work in our communities, many of us are happy to support their causes. The majority of these organizations rely on private sector donations and grants to keep their businesses afloat. In particular, the holiday season is a critical time for these organizations to gather donations and support. According to the 2012 Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving, the last three months of the year account for 34% of overall giving, which is more than one-third of the total, making this time of year important for charitable organizations.
Corporations certainly play a large role in ensuring these charitable groups carry on. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, corporate giving in 2011 totaled $14.55 billion. With recent economic struggles and the generically competitive nature of doing business, why would corporations invest in this type of giving?
Other than the obvious feel good mentality, there is proof from various studies that corporate philanthropy has a positive impact on the culture of an organization. Which begs another question – is it the giving that has the impact or the culture that impacts the idea of corporate giving?
According to KPOST’s CFO and Chief Safety Officer Jayne Williams it’s the latter.
“At KPOST, we believe that you should always pay it forward. We have been so blessed and want to share our good fortune with others.”
Culture of Giving
KPOST executives and team members believe in giving and do so year round. This philosophy is in alignment with their corporate culture, which includes developing award-winning employee safety programs , supporting the community, and providing excellence in all they do.
Specifically with community support, the teams at KPOST make it a point to be involved year round, not just during the holiday season. This type of investment not only allows the KPOST team to give back, but also infuses the culture throughout the organization.
“Our employees see us supporting them and others in the community on a regular basis. It’s who we are at heart, and it’s important that everyone who works with us understand that and believe in it,” said Williams. “We expect every employee to be an active participant in giving back to their community.”
KPOST supports many different organizations in multiple ways. Following is a sample of the type of charitable action they take:
Charitable Cause and how KPOST is Involved
- Conley Design – Packing Party for Troops: Aileen Struble, Senior Estimator serves on the Board. KPOST provides employees to help pack gift boxes for hundreds of Troops.
- Petey Parker Teddy Bear giveaway: We collect throughout the year for Petey Parker. Petey and her husband, Jim Fite, dress up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus and deliver a stuffed animal to every patient in several hospitals. So far we have collected almost 150 bears this year.
- Toys for Tots: We collect from our employees every Christmas.
- Savage Race to benefit ACT: It was the Savage Race where KPOST partnered with National Roofing Partners to collect monies for ACT, an autism charity. We had 5 employees brave freezing weather to run and even swim in ice water.
- Bring Your Dog To Work Day: Collect money and items for Operation Kindness. The last one raised almost $2,000 and 100 lbs. of food and toys.
- NRCA Community Service Day: Every year KPOST employees participate in the work day at the annual convention of National Roofing Contractors Association. We perform landscaping, painting, roofing, and other projects on 2 or 3 houses in the host city.
- Various Charities: Every year we volunteer to provide labor and materials for roofing of local charities.
The KPOST culture invests in community development and corporate philanthropy because the leadership team believes in giving back. The benefits go beyond community support. The employees invest in giving back as well, ensuring that KPOST Company continues to have a strong set of values, high ethics and excellent teams, ensuring they are a highly desired sub-contractor in the commercial roofing industry.