If you had your own charitable foundation, what would you use it to do?
Every year, our employees help give back to the home towns and communities where we operate. In fact, they drive a whopping 75 percent of contributions from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, our charitable arm.
From their first day at Enterprise, employees can request a Foundation donation, and they get a huge kick out of giving back to their neighborhoods. They give up personal time. In some cases, they work with our customers and local business partners in their charitable efforts. Many of them really bond with the causes they actively support. It’s a cool thing to see.
In our last fiscal year, our Foundation made more than $10 million in gifts — part of more than $200 million that’s been donated since the Foundation began in 1982. And we just launched “Giving Back,” a social media voting contest on our Facebook page, where charities nominated by Enterprise employees compete for additional Foundation donations. One thing is for sure – we wouldn’t be able to provide this kind of support without the loyalty of our customers.
We’re happy to help our employees set the tone for our philanthropic spirit. When they make a difference in our communities, they’re also making a difference in the sustainability of our business.
I repeat the question: If you had your own charitable foundation, what would you use it to accomplish? What do you think of this employee-driven model? How does your company support its communities? How do you?