TeamSoft's culture of giving back to our community is a reflection of our consultants. We support our consultants' participation in chartiable endeavors and are proud to help numerous causes and non-pofit 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!
At the end of 2014, we wanted to recap the enormous amount of effort put in by TeamSoft, TeamSoft employees, consultants, subcontractors, and their families. After 5 years, our total TCGC budget contributions were as follows:
As a whole, after 5 years of genuine, passionate, hard work, the TCGC has raised $104,792.51, 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.
Charitable Event Participation Program
Each year consultants (including subcontractors!) can apply for up to $50 to fund things such as 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, NAMI, 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, gave $1,100 to help the families devastated by the Alabama and Missouri spring 2012 tornadoes and $1,000 to assist with East coast recovery after Hurricane Sandy.
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!
In 2013, we focused our United Way campaign on WAGS, an organization devoted to improving quality of life for people with physical disabilities through partnerships with highly-skilled service dogs. During that time, were able to raise over $8,000! Our most recent fundraiser in 2014 focused on the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), a non-profit organization that empowers those affected by domestic violence and advocates for social change through support, education, and outreach. This campaign has been one of our most successful fundraisers yet, with our fundraising efforts totaling over $10, 000! We are excited to keep aiming higher every year.
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 has pledged 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.
In years past, we have also donated warm clothes The Salvation Army’s Homeless Shelter. During one of events, were able to donate 49 hats, 35 pairs of gloves, 11 pairs of socks, 3 jackets, and more! The Salvation Army called our donation of jackets, mittens, and hats a "miracle" that year. It was right before a weekend where the temperatures were dropping and they didn't have enough warm gear for everyone staying in shelter. The Salvation Army sent a representative to the TeamSoft office to pick up the donation and the items were distributed right away.
American Cancer Society Run/Walk
UW American Family Children's Hospital
In 2007, TeamSoft launched a relationship with the UW American Family Children’s Hospital (UWAFCH) by assuming sponsorship of a special program called CarePages. CarePages is a free, easy-to-use Web site that helps family and friends communicate when a child is receiving care at the Hospital. CarePages help parents create a Web meeting place where news and photos are shared. In turn, CarePages allows visitors to leave messages for the patient and family.
CarePages help reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with the hospital experience, and give families an emotional lift that is hard to deliver in any other way. Parents and patients receive support from family and friends during their time of need, and feel more connected to others and less separated from the world. TeamSoft provided all the new laptop computers for the program. These laptops can be checked out by families during their stay at the hospital.
The TeamSoft Grant
The TeamSoft Grant provides a formal process for the TCGC to distribute help to various organizations and causes that our employees support.
In an effort to direct funds for the greatest impact, grant requests that use technology to further the purpose/goal of an organization are given priority; other areas of focus include environmental sustainability efforts, addressing key health issues, sustaining civic and cultural institutions, promoting women and people of color, as well as other aspects of diversity.
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:
- River Food Pantry
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin
- Meals on Wheels
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 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.
We have consultants that 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 & toy drive for a local humane society
- HOPES (Helping Others Prevent and Educate Against Suicide)
- gift by re-gifting drive for the women of the YWCA
- March Madness Clothing Drive
- 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
- we've also supported the Pedal for the House Charity Bike Ride benefiting the Ronald McDonald House for many years
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