Companies often measure success through financials, and we’re no different.
But another important measurement of success for us is how much we’re giving back to the surrounding community.
It’s something we’ve focused on over the years, with great support from our agency partners.
Now, we’re hoping to have an even greater impact on the community by increasing our corporate giving to the SFM Foundation and other charitable organizations, and establishing a companywide day of service.
“The spirit of generosity is an important part of who we are at SFM,” said President and CEO Terry Miller. “SFM employees are clearly interested in making the world a better place, and it’s great to see that commitment grow and grow.”
SFM Foundation supports scholarships
With the help of agency partners, the SFM Foundation has raised well over two million dollars in scholarship funding for students with parents who were killed or severely injured on the job since it was established in 2008.
Since 2016, the SFM Foundation has been an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization Kids’ Chance of America, which shares the Foundation’s mission of making college attainable for the children of injured workers.
This summer saw successful golf fundraisers in both Minnesota and Iowa for the SFM Foundation / Kids’ Chance. For the 11th year in a row, the Foundation’s golf tournaments have received an outpouring of support, including generous sponsorship from many of SFM’s agency partners.
Also on the calendar for 2019 is the Foundation’s annual fall fundraising event. Supporters of the Foundation are invited to an evening tasting wine and craft beer on November 7 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Proceeds from this popular event will go to the scholarship fund.
“Eleven years strong, the SFM Foundation is in the midst of another great year of fundraising for families in need,” said SFM Foundation President Linda Williams. “The Foundation is one of the most visible ways that SFM’s employees and partners are making a positive impact on the community.”
If you would like to sponsor or attend the wine and craft beer event, or donate items for the silent auction, please visit sfmfoundation.com/events for details.
Volunteering in the community
For years, SFM has supported volunteerism by giving employees a paid workday each year to volunteer, and offering a variety of volunteer opportunities.
But starting this fall, we’re establishing a new tradition of giving in honor of longtime SFM President and CEO Bob Lund. Wednesday, October 30, has been designated the first annual Bob Lund Day of Service. On this day, SFM will organize volunteer events throughout the community and offer an additional paid day of service to all employees who participate. For employee donations made on October 30, the company has made an additional $5,000 in matching funds available.
“During the 12 years that Bob Lund served as SFM’s leader, he did everything he could to encourage charitable activities for the company and its employees,” Miller said. “Bob’s passion for philanthropy has left an indelible mark on SFM and it’s fitting that this day of giving back should bear his name.”
Corporate donations to charity
Last year, SFM made corporate contributions to over 50 charitable organizations. Many of these donations made by SFM were to causes employees felt were important. To encourage charitable giving, SFM has a policy of matching individual contributions made by employees.
Working together to do more
At SFM, we appreciate all the support that our agency partners give to our charitable initiatives and we look forward to continuing our work together to strengthen the community around us.
To learn more about the impact SFM is making in the community, visit our website at sfmic.com/give.