By: Michael McKinlay

Giving Back: 97th Floor Charity Program Update

March 15, 2017

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At 97th Floor, we’re committed to building a culture of caring. From volunteering at local community centers  to the #20helps campaign, part of our award-winning organizational culture is focused on supporting local communities.

Started in 2015, a new charity initiative began at 97th Floor with the goal of donating 1% of our gross revenue to charity. Each December, employees have the opportunity to select a charity of their choice and 97th Floor will donate a portion of the 1% to that specific charity.

“I’m very fond of our charity program as it involves all of our employees,” CEO Chris Bennett explains. “I think a lot of people don’t give or do as much as they’d like because they don’t know where to donate or sadly, if they can trust the charity. Our program solves that for our employees.”

Since its inception, 97th Floor has donated over $100,000. Ranging from local charities to national nonprofit organizations, here’s where we’ve donated to over the course of two years:

  • Women’s Leadership Council
  • United Way of Utah County
  • American Cancer Society
  • K9s For Warriors
  • ASPCA
  • Charity Vision
  • Fallin’ Pines Critter Rescue
  • charity: water
  • The Children’s Center
  • Help International
  • Humane Society of Utah
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Utah
  • Peace House
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Fight the New Drug
  • The Road Home
  • YWCA
  • Vitamin Angels
  • World Vision
  • Community Action
  • Skateistan
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Nurturing Nations
  • Operation Smile
  • RODS
  • Project Healing Waters
  • RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
  • The Christmas Box International
  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
  • Girls Who Code
  • Save the Children
  • FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education
  • Mentor Works
  • Big Life Foundation
  • Arctic Rescue
  • Danielle Byron Henry Migraine Foundation
  • Utah Infertility Resource Center
  • Women’s World Health Initiative
  • University of Utah Transplant Fund
  • Make-A-Wish Utah
  • WSL PURE
  • Primary Children’s Hospital
  • Rising Tide Capital
  • IIC Refugee and Immigrant Center
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Discovering Deaf Worlds

Furthermore, these charities are near and dear to 97th Floor employees, who also had the opportunity to explain why they selected a specific charity to donate to. Here are some of their responses:

“I’m extremely passionate about Arctic Rescue and what they do to save the lives of these amazing dogs. Maren, the founder has dedicated the last 20 years to saving these neglected, abused and abandoned dogs and finding them loving forever homes.”

I was impressed by the stories I read from the people that were on the receiving end of charity: water. To the charity, it’s not just about making sure that people have water, but about building the future of individuals and communities all over the world.”

“I have worked with JDRF several times in the past, and everything I have seen has spoken very well of them. They use their funds on research to search for, not only a cure, but also treatments and products to improve quality-of-life for those with Type 1 Diabetes.”

“I have been fortunate enough to have the best opportunities and have a family that could provide me with all the basic needs and more growing up. There are many people in the world that are not fortunate enough. So I chose World Vision because it helps underprivileged people from different countries that can’t even get basic medical needs.”

Through this charity program, 97th Floor has inspire its employees to look for ways to give back to the community as well as share with each other why this charity is important to them. As Bennett reflects, “It’s one of the best days of my year to login to our Google Spreadsheet and see all the charities being added by our employees and reading their stories as to why they chose that charity.”

Written by Michael McKinlay on March 15, 2017

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