4 PA Businesses that are Prioritizing Philanthropy
A lot has changed in the past few years, but the spirit of giving has not. Generosity is alive and well in Pennsylvania and some of our state-based companies are proving just that. Whether they are just getting started, or have decades of experience behind them, we’re seeing a variety of businesses across industries pave the way for a better future. With the support of benevolent people and organizations like these, we have hope that we’ll not only overcome the challenges we’re facing in a post pandemic world, but that our communities will thrive more than ever before.
This Philadelphia-based delivery solution for everyday needs has always been on a mission to make life easier for its customers. Their people-first mindset has carried over into the way they’ve prioritized giving to organizations that support underserved and underrepresented communities both locally and nationwide.
Co-founder and co-CEO Rafael Ilishayev has certainly not forgotten about where he was when Gopuff came to fruition, Drexel University. In the years since the company was founded in 2013, Ilishayev has made it a point to give both time and money to the school through both the Drexel Chabad and the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. Donations like those from the Gopuff co-founders ensure that the next generation of Pennsylvania business leaders are not only set-up for success, but have the same charitable values of those that came before them.
Throughout the pandemic, Gopuff made a continuous effort to support critical communities such as frontline workers and students by donating and implementing donation matching programs to various non-profit organizations. Last year, Gopuff founders partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to match direct donations made to the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, and began a social media campaign in which they pledged an additional $5 to the fund for every photo posted tagging Gopuff and using the campaign’s unique hashtag. In addition to this national effort, Gopuff made donations to various local Philadelphia health care organizations including the Valley Youth House, Philadelphia Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, and Philadelphia FIGHT.
2. Trӧegs Independent Brewing
Breweries in America have a long history of being a steady foundation for their community. A place where people can come together and feel connected to their neighbors. Trӧegs Independent Brewing, out of Hershey, Pa., takes this philosophy to a whole new level with their constant commitment to their people. Co-founders Chris and John Trogner have kept up their philanthropic spirit throughout the years and do not seem to be slowing down.
In a recent announcement this summer, Trӧegs let fans of their beer know that proceeds from their Scratch #439, a crispy kolsch-style brew, would be going towards something good. Money raised from this beer is being donated to the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association to aid in their efforts to create 30 miles of new mountain bike trails in Lykens, Pa. This is just one example of a way that Trӧegs is constantly helping out with non-profit organizations, small farms and businesses, and local charities.
The brewery has also implemented a program that helps everyone participate in giving back to the community. Under their Raise 20 program, you can set up your own fundraiser at the brewery and Trӧegs will use 20% of the sales of food from anyone with your specific fundraiser voucher to donate to a non-profit organization of your choice.
Continuing their long history of charitable efforts, Yuengling (America’s oldest brewery) has been serving brews, donations, and gratitude to their hometown of Pottsville, Pa., and beyond.
The family-owned brewery has long been known for their commitment to the United States military, first responders and veterans. Under their Stars & Stripes and Lagers for Heroes programs, they’ve been able to partner with organizations such as TAPS, Team Red White & Blue (Team RWB), and Operation Gratitude to give back to service members, both active and veteran. Most recently, Yuengling created a new can design for their flagship lager that featured a camo art and the Team RWB logo to help support their efforts. It gave consumers the opportunity to donate directly to Team RWB via a Snapchat code.
Yuengling was no stranger to pandemic relief funds as well. They began right at home in Pennsylvania, and within the service industry by providing emergency relief funding for the employees of hotels and restaurants through the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania.
4. Factory, LLC
Factory, LLC or Factory Brands out of Bethlehem Pa., is an investment group and operation facility that helps to scale up-and-coming consumer-packaged goods brands. Some of their most well-known brand partners include allergen-free cookie company Partake, heirloom snack company Pipcorn, and Mikey’s gluten-free frozen foods. Their founding partners Tim Pollak, Richard Thompson, and Keith Caldwell are dedicated to using their industry success to not only develop smaller businesses with great ideas, but also give back to the local Lehigh Valley area.
During the midst of the pandemic, Factory, along with their brand partners decided to use their tasty product-making abilities for good. The brands came together to not only donate to Feeding America’s efforts to provide meals to those in need, but they donated their own snack and meal products to the frontline workers at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. Factory Brands showed their generosity at a time when it was needed the most, and were able to provide some comfort to our hard working hospital workers.
Life in and out of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on hard times for people from all walks of life. We are facing unprecedented challenges both socially and economically. People and companies alike have taken major financial hits, dealt with medical crises, and suffered mentally. In the face of despair, however, Pennsylvania companies have kept the feeling of community. All across our state, we’ve seen many organizations rise to the occasion and give back to those in need. These philanthropic leaders are recognizing the importance of sticking together, practicing compassion, and supporting the people that support them every day.
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