The holiday season is a time when heartwarming human interest stories abound. Businesses and individuals make donations at the end of their fiscal year for both charitable and tax based reasons. Here at Evolve we not only donate 5% of corporate profits to various organizations but we work at giving back throughout the year. We may be considered a small business but we are mighty in our dedication to our community.
Because it’s part of our plan
Each year in January we create our quarterly giving plan. In the weeks prior we encourage our entire team to make suggestions for charities to support. An employee may have a personal connection to a certain charity or a passion for a particular cause. We like to help organizations that really mean something to us. As part of our fourth quarter plan we sent a couple of team members to the Little Sisters of the Poor assisted living facility to help with decorating for the holiday season. After the work was done our team stayed to enjoy lunch with residents.
Because it’s part of our policy
We believe in making it easy for our team to give back. Once each quarter we close our doors so our employees can volunteer as a company for various charities. In October we sent a team to Second Harvest Heartland to help pack donated food for distribution to local shelters. We also encourage our employees to donate 8 hours of their own time each month to any organization they choose. Over the last five years Evolve has donated over 3,500 hours to charity organizations throughout Minnesota.
Because we’re part of our community
As the saying goes around the office we like to do ‘random acts of kindness’. Our CEO Marnie Ochs Raleigh explains our philosophy:
It’s our way to say thank you for what we have. If our community isn’t strong than our business isn’t going to be strong. This community takes care of Evolve as a business, so we have an obligation to take care of this community in return.
Minnesota Business Magazine holds their annual Community Impact awards each spring and in 2013 we were honored to be named a finalist in the Best in Class Small Company category. Small but mighty all year round. More than once a year and more than dollars we at Evolve Systems are part of our community and believe that we are part of what makes our community stronger.