Born with business systems, business logic, business leverage and accountability, a growing cadre of corporations are finding Veterans Matter to be the perfect partner for organizations wanting to help veterans, particularly the most neglected of all veterans, those living on the streets of our nation.
Coming from business, we understand the variety of business needs some companies have when considering where to put philanthropy dollars. Some companies:
- Just want to find the right veterans cause in a legitimate organization where they can actually SEE the results of their donations. Results they can then share with their community, customers, vendors or employees in the hopes of enamoring even more goodwill and support allowing even more homeless veterans to find a place called home.
- Larger companies often seek a national cause that can be deployed at any or all of their locations and can inspire those employees to work together locally and nationally.
- Other companies use cause marketing to help non-profits and generate good will and customers.
- And some companies just want to find a veteran cause where they can have the biggest impact. Where they can help the veterans who are the most neglected and truly need them most – homeless veterans. An organization that has low admin expenses and high accountability. Such as Veterans Matter, which has an admin rate of just 8%, and results are tracked on our website daily.
Because of our laser focus and great success in housing homeless veterans, Veterans Matter does all of the above. And in particular, we love working with corporate geniuses to create innovative ways to help house more heroes. People like Steve Baugh and Cheryl Nielson of First Nation Jordan Reses.
First Nation Jordan Reses
After hearing founder Ken Leslie on the radio, Steve Baugh, President of First Nation invited us in February 2015 to present to their philanthropy team at corporate headquarters as they were looking for a new veteran’s charity to support. The team decided to grant $40,000 to Veterans Matter. After seeing the results of their grant, 90 days later they allocated an additional $60,000.
Steve is one, like us, who loves leveraging opportunities. So the following year we thought to use the company’s 2016 grant of $200,000 as a match to inspire additional giving nationwide and help twice as many veterans. This was so successful they repeated this in 2017.
To date the company has housed veterans in Houston, Mississippi, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina.
But with so many veterans still on the streets, this wasn’t enough for First Nation Jordan Reses. Steve Baugh, along with company CEO Cheryl Nilson, got innovative and pitched one of their suppliers, Fisher Paykel, on the idea of rebating back 1% of all First Nation purchases to Veterans Matter. In 2017 this amounted to over $43,000 to house more homeless heroes.
Do you have the desire or ideas of your own to help us house more heroes? Call or email us today, we’d love to hear them.