Here in Arizona, we pride ourselves on supporting businesses that give back to their communities. AZ companies just seem to “get” the need for social entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility. While every local business is capable of giving back in its own way, these are some of Arizona’s top corporate contributors.
Tuft & Needle
You’ve probably seen sleek billboards advertising Tuft & Needle’s cozy mattresses all over Arizona. This downtown Phoenix company donates every mattress returned to their store, providing those in need with better sleep. Last year T&N donated 100 mattresses to UMOM, the largest shelter for homeless families in Phoenix. “UMOM is a highly regarded local nonprofit with a deep history of helping hundreds of homeless families every year get back on their feet,” co-founder Daehee Park told the Phoenix Business Journal after the generous donation. “We’re grateful for our growth as a Phoenix startup, and we want to help local families when they need it most.”
Image by Tuft & Needle.
Based out of Tempe, LifeLock is a leading provider of identity theft protection and identity risk assessment services. “LifeLock for Good” regularly trains law enforcement and victim advocates to help establish positive habits that reduce possibility for identity theft. LifeLock has partnered with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and National Organization for Victim Assistance to train more than 11,000 individuals. They also join with numerous non-profit organizations to educate kids and adults on the dangers of identity theft. Though it may sound like a lot, we’ve barely touched on how far LifeLock goes to help its surrounding communities. Read more about LifeLock’s charity work on their LifeLock for Good webpage.
How does Wist, an office supply company, help to protect the environment? They start by billing their customers via email, which reduces paper waste. Then they raise emission standards for their delivery trucks, offer carpool incentives to employees, and allow customers to recycle ink cartridges free of charge. The changes may be small, but they certainly add up.
Through the Phoenix Boys & Girls Club, Wist Office Products provides kids with backpacks and school supplies at the beginning of each school year. The company also participates in Four Peaks for Teachers with Four Peaks Brewing Company, who together offer classroom supplies to about 1,500 teachers annually. Finally, Wist participates in an employee gift-matching program called “Project W (Double You),” where the company matches employee charitable contributions up to $250 per employee per calendar year.
GoDaddy is perhaps one of the best-known Arizona enterprises to date. But this isn’t lost on the company—in fact, they’ve decided to use their size and power for good by starting GoDaddy Cares. This philanthropic organization uses corporate donations, partnerships, advocacy and volunteerism to enrich local communities. The leading domain name registrar allows customers to round up their purchases and donate the spare change to GoDaddy-approved charities. They regularly donate to organizations who support education, STEM, and entrepreneurship. Coordinators of charitable events can even submit a request for a number of GoDaddy volunteers 60 days in advance, giving employees a hands-on chance to help their communities. GoDaddy’s support extends even farther than Phoenix alone, providing support for groups in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Los Angeles, and more.
Video by GoDaddy.
Avnet is an innovative IT solutions company from Phoenix. The company encourages employees to participate in charity work by providing them with paid time off and financial support to do so. Each year, Avnet gives millions to children’s health and education networks, inspired by employees’ ideas. They also provide nonprofits with tech components ranging from desktop computers to Internet accessibility. On an environmental level, Avnet focuses on conserving energy in and out of the office.
Everyone has something to offer that will help to enrich a local community. We hope these five charitable Arizona companies will inspire other businesses to support those around them and build an even better world.