If you have any question at all about the power of charitable giving, just consider this: #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement fueled by social media and online donation tools, was started on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in 2012 by a single New York City nonprofit. In its seventh year, #GivingTuesday 2018 campaigns raised over $380 million online in the U.S. for over 60,000 participating charities across all 50 states. They went from zero to 60,000 charities and three hundred and eighty million dollars in seven years. That is what we at Apex call exponential growth.
Still, it is logical ask how giving away corporate resources makes good business sense.
Apex managing partner Jim Chakires believes, “One of the great benefits of owning your own business is being in a position to give more generously to community causes than you could as an individual.” Under his leadership, Apex has organized an annual charity fundraiser for the past __10??__ years. After Chakires got involved with CASA Kane County as a member of the Chairman’s Advisory Panel, he saw a way he and Apex could make a difference. He started the Luggage of Love fundraiser in 2015 and it has grown each year, raising $15,000 in 2017 and aiming for $20,000 this year.
Anyone who sees the hit movie ‘Instant Family,’ which just came out in November, will be touched by the scene in which three siblings are moved to yet another foster home, carrying their belongings in black trash bags. When one little boy unpacks his bag, the first-time foster mom sees numerous stuffed bears and nothing else. ‘The kids get a bear each time we go to family court,’ the oldest child explains.
“Can you imagine being in that situation? With so few belongings to call your own, and you are given nothing more than a garbage bag to protect them. That is why I feel Luggage of Love is such a worthy cause” remarked Chakires. “By giving a child a permanent piece of luggage in which to keep their few precious belongings, we give them a booster shot of dignity and hope.”
Luggage of Love provides suitcases filled with useful items for children who are entering or shifting homes within the foster care system. The suitcases are distributed by CASA Kane County, a Geneva-based nonprofit that trains and provides volunteer advocates who work for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court and DCFS foster care system.
“We can’t thank Jim and Jessie enough, along with everyone who donates to the Luggage of Love campaign, for their generous outpouring of support,” said Gloria Kelley , Executive Director of CASA Kane County. “These seemingly simple items are so meaningful to the children and really make them feel valued and loved. After what they have been through, their confidence and trust needs to be built back up. This is a great way to show them that there are people who care about them.”
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