Minnesota based Jefferson Capital Systems, LLC began a long standing partnership with the United Way in 2002 to give back to the community as part of its bedrock principles of listening, identifying solutions, and “doing the right thing.” Jefferson Capital and the United Way have achieved this vision through numerous initiatives.
Not only does Jefferson Capital host events such as cookouts to raise money for United Way, but it also makes corporate donations and incentivizes its employees to give by offering fun rewards and experiences. After donating more than $600,000 over the past 20 years, Jefferson Capital and the United Way plan to continue the partnership well into the future.
Below, Jefferson Capital Systems reviews how its corporate ethos is complimented by maintaining its relationship with the United Way, through giving back to employees and the community.
How United Way Gives Back to Others
The United Way is one of the largest 501(c)3 organizations in the United States. It works alongside nearly two thousand fundraising operations to help those in need. The United Way helps individuals and families in need of housing, healthcare, education, and more. However, this work alone is not what attracted Jefferson Capital’s attention.
What really stood out to Jefferson Capital was the way that the United Way truly listens to people’s needs and then works one-on-one with them to provide effective solutions. According to firm president Mark Zellmann, the United Way’s vision and impact aligns with the manner in which Jefferson aims to provide their own clients with the same high quality of service, always ”doing the right thing” above all else.
To help United Way in their efforts, Jefferson Capital began donating more than 20 years ago. Since then, it has supported United Way’s community outreach by various means, including:
- Inviting representatives of the United Way to attend corporate meetings and present to employees about the value of giving;
- Hosting lunch cookouts where employees can contribute to the United Way;
- Selling raffle tickets for gift baskets, with 100% of the proceeds going to the United Way;
- Rewarding employees who donate to the United Way with treats and special experiences.
Plans for the Future
During the kick-off meeting for the 2023 campaign, a United Way representative provided a presentation on the impact Jefferson Capital’s contributions have made in the central Minnesota region. The presentation showed the on-going needs in the community and how Jefferson Capital’s contributions will help to address those needs.
Not only will Jefferson Capital continue with its typical fundraising campaign, but Jefferson Capital will also begin hosting new events. Having raised roughly $25,000 every year since their partnership began (along with a $20,000 corporate donation for its twentieth anniversary), Jefferson Capital and its employees believe they can strengthen their contributions even further.
Jefferson Capital’s event schedule begins with yet another cookout in June. Managers will cook brats and burgers for employees, who can then donate to the United Way. Jefferson Capital will also host an event for coffee lovers in autumn, followed by a December food drive.
Jefferson Capital and its employees have raised more than half a million dollars to help United Way’s fundraising efforts.
For Jefferson Capital Systems, giving back to the community in which they operate is essential. Contributing to United Way enables Jefferson Capital Systems’ employees to align their financial donations with organizations that support their values, and advances the corporate mission of “doing the right thing.”