Nashville Entrepreneurs Give Back During the Holidays
Guest blog by Jeff Bradford — Nashville is the 5th most charitable city in the nation, so it’s perhaps no surprise that its entrepreneurs are big on giving back to the community during the most “giving” time of the year. Here’s a sample of how businesses in Nashville are giving this holiday season:
Advance Financial is hosting a company talent show, and the company is making a donation to the winner's charity of choice will. The company is also giving employees paid time off to participate in volunteer opportunities with local organizations like Nashville Rescue Mission, Youth Villages and Youth Encouragement Services. Plus, they are collecting at least 7,000 of the items most-needed by local food pantries.
Anchor Investments asked clients to nominate their charities of choice. From among those submitted, Anchor’s Charitable Giving Committee will choose five nonprofits to receive a $1,000 donation each.
DWC Construction Company sets aside $5,000-$10,000 a year to donate to charity. The 14 management teams select one or two charities to donate to, and they enjoy the opportunity to direct the company’s charitable contributions for the year.
GHP “adopted” a family in need for Christmas, providing the family with gifts for the holiday season. The family is a single mother with several health issues and her two children.
HawsGoodwin Financial organized its second annual clothing drive for Dress For Success, a nonprofit support network that helps women achieve economic independence by providing the tools they need, including professional attire. The firm held a month-long donation drive, collecting from clients, neighbors and friends, and they hosted an open house for FemCity Nashville’s members to drop off gently used professional attire.
They also raised money by participating in two running events: the 5K Jingle Bell Run to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation and the GraceWorks’ Turkey Trot 5K that raised money to provide family support, instruction programs, seasonal needs and hunger prevention in Williamson County. They’re also donating to Salvation Army, American Heart Association and Monroe Harding Children’s Home.
Jones Therapy Services is offering free babysitting for kids with special needs so that their families can Christmas shop. They're also doing a "Sensitive Santa" day so that children with special needs can visit with Santa in a safe, calm and understanding environment.
Instead of buying pricy gifts for top clients, The Levine Group is sending out holiday cards asking each client to select a charity that the company will then donate to.
There was one common thread when asked why these businesses choose to give. Simply put, it’s just the right thing to do. We, as business owners, are fortunate to have wonderful jobs, employees, health and the support of our community behind us. But, others aren’t so lucky. It’s our responsibility to spread our “time, talents and treasures,” in the words of Anchor Investment’s Micah Lacher, throughout the community. And, maybe, a little holiday cheer along the way.
Jeff Bradford is EO Nashville Board Member and CEO of the Bradford Group