TeamSoft's culture of giving back to our community is a reflection of our consultants. We support our consultants' participation in charitable endeavors and are proud to help numerous causes and non-profit organizations.
TeamSoft's Charitable Giving Committee (TCGC)
The TCGC was created in 2010 to bring our consultants together and brainstorm creative ways to help those in need. The committee meets every month to plan, organize, and come up with fun ways to get everyone in the company involved in giving back to the community. In order for us to include everyone in this effort, we like to tie our TCGC endeavors to our company events. We also like to receive ideas and creativity from our consultants for what type of events we should contribute to. We encourage our consultants to become involved in TCGC and to be champions of causes they are passionate about so we can spread our impact across the community!
As a whole, after 5+ years of genuine, passionate, hard work, the TCGC has raised $119,431.51, which has been donated to nearly 60 different organizations and events they have hosted. Because of our collective efforts, we have changed lives, helped noble causes come to fruition, aided in the research against life threatening illnesses, AND, in the grand scheme of things, we are only 5 years in!
Scroll down to read a brief description of some of the things we are involved with:
In 2011, the TeamSoft Charitable Giving Committee formed a partnership with the Salvation Army’s Family Stabilization Program (FSP). The FSP is a voluntary program for families who are leaving The Salvation Army shelter and families in the community who are trying to avoid eviction or homelessness. The program offers education and case management with the goal of helping families maintain housing for at least one year. Thus far, over 80 percent of the families that have completed the FSP have accomplished this goal!
While the FSP addresses the basic needs and skill-building resources that families need to maintain housing, Sharing Wishes has a vision of making available other resources to strengthen the fabric of these families and their homes. We’ve asked FSP families to create seasonal wish lists that include fun or enriching children’s activities, resources to empower the family, and every day or seasonal items. Although all of the items donated over the past 3 years are too numerous to mention, some highlights have included a book drive, a fundraiser to purchase farmer’s market gift packs, holiday gifts, bus passes, pool passes, cleaning products, kitchen items, and furniture. TeamSoft's ability to donate new or gently used items not only allows FSP families to extend their tight budgets, but to also wish for desired items outside of basic necessities. To take a look at our Fall 2015 Sharing Wishes Wish List, click here.
Charitable Event Participation Program
Each year consultants (including subcontractors!) can apply for up to $50 to fund entry fees for charitable events or matching donations to charitable organizations of their choice. Through this program the TCGC has assisted consultants in their participation and support of organizations such as the National MS Society, the Alzheimer's Association, March of Dimes, National Foundation for Transplants, A Fund for Women, InHealth Community Wellness Clinic, Paws for Piper, Movember, and more.
Natural Disaster Program
Every year we have funds set aside to help aid the devastation that can occur due to Mother Nature's floods, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, etc. The TCGC reserves a portion of our annual budget to assist those affected by natural disasters in the locations where TeamSoft does business. To help as many people as possible, all donations are made to the local charitable organizations providing relief efforts. We recognize that recovery efforts extend beyond the first few weeks of a disaster, and so, we also support ongoing recovery efforts for out-of-area disasters. In the past few years we have donated $1,790 to assist the earthquake victims in Haiti, $1,100 to help the families devastated by the Alabama and Missouri spring 2012 tornadoes, $200 to help with the long-term relief efforts from the Nepal earthquake, $200 to assist with the 2015 flooding in Texas, and $500 to aid with the heat wave relief efforts in India.
United Way Campaign
TeamSoft has been a proud supporter of the United Way since 2001. Our campaigns are fun and have involved raffles, brat sales, incentives, and more! We educate our consultants on the many ways our donations make a difference: Our dollars provide skills training to disabled individuals, case management to families, tutoring to children, lock changing services for victims of domestic abuse, CPR/emergency procedure training, and much, much more!
Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund
Since 2010, TeamSoft has held an annual bowling event with all of our consultants and their families to help benefit the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund, an organization that helps keep the heat and power on for thousands of families who are in need of assistance. The TCGC pledges to donate $10 per strike and $5 per spare from each lane's best game, up to $1,500. With stellar bowlers in attendance, reaching that $1,500 goal has not been a problem. But that's not all: Through a unique matching fund through the State of Wisconsin, all donations to the KWWF are matched two to one! This equates to a $4,500 impact which helps many in our state keep the heat and electricity on during the winter. This makes the total amount raised at $22,500 over the past five years!
American Cancer Society Run/Walk
Since 2007, TeamSoft has brought family and friends together to fight for a cure for cancer. TeamSoft has also been a proud sponsor of this event for the past several years, which means our logo is proudly displayed on the run/walk T-shirts. In 2012 our team name was Team Hope and together we raised $1,535! In 2013, our Team Happy Feet raised $1,718, which was the most we have ever raised! We also put together at team for this event this last April in 2015 where we raised $994.
The TeamSoft Grant
In lieu of Client Gifts
TeamSoft is conscious of the fact that so many non-profits struggle to fulfill their mission of serving the less fortunate. With this fact in the forefront of our minds, we make donations to the following organizations in lieu of client holiday gifts and treats:
IT Youth Scholarship Program
TeamSoft has always taken the opportunity to encourage young people to delve into the latest and greatest technology. We believe that exposure to technology at a young age fosters resourcefulness, creative thinking and problem solving. Maintaining this belief, TeamSoft works with ID Tech Camp at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to help fund 1 tech scholarship for 1 child, between the ages of 7 – 18, every year. Each scholarship entails a week long summer camp containing a class centered on making use of 21st century-relevant technology. TeamSoft's involvement ensures that food and transportation to the class, in addition to the tuition, are provided for the duration of the week long camp. Overall, we like to support youth involvement in the IT field, but it's an absolute plus when we are able to help offset the scarcity of women in the IT field. Fortunately, this past year, a scholarship went to a young girl involved in our Sharing Wishes program who attended an ID Tech Camp on mobile game design for iOS and Android devises.
We like to have our consultants step up to be champions for causes that are close to their hearts. As a champion, consultants become the spokesperson for their cause and let the TCGC know about it and ways we can get the company involved. We've had champions for:
- Pet beds, food, and toy drive for a local humane society
- HOPES (Helping Others Prevent and Educate Against Suicide)
- The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Walk
- Blood drive through the Red Cross
- Donation of 100 flash drives to a community center's job mentoring program
- Highly successful Hamburger Helper food drive that resulted in 300 boxes for the Second Harvest Food Bank
- The Greyhound Pets of America
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