Companies with Heart
Third annual salute to Northeast Florida businesses that put community and giving at the forefront of their agendas.
It’s not unusual for businesses to make contributions, both in cash or services, to charities in need. This commitment to giving is particularly apparent in times of crisis or following a disaster of some kind. While a powerful storm, an earthquake or devastating flood causes many companies to increase their charitable spirit, it’s becoming more common for businesses to make contributing to the communities in which they work a year-round pledge. Jacksonville is blessed with an abundance of large corporate entities as well as mom-and-pop enterprises that view charitable contributions as more than just the right thing to do—they actively encourage employees to give of their time and talents, and support them in doing so.
Three years ago 904 Magazine introduced its Companies With Heart honor with the simple goal of recognizing Northeast Florida businesses that view being a part of our community as more than just turning a healthy profit. We were looking for companies that considered being an active and involved part of a “healthy” community part of their profit motive. Turns out, they are not that hard to find. More and more businesses understand that they have a vested interest in bettering the cities in which they operate.
For example, last year more than 10,000 Bank of America employees volunteered nearly 60,000 hours of time to nonprofit groups, many which focused on eliminating hunger. That involvement included everything from packing and sorting canned and dry goods in food banks to serving on charitable boards.
Local advertising agency Burdette Ketchum has donated hundreds of hours of professional services to area nonprofit groups in recent years. As part of its Heartstrings program, the firm donated its marketing and creative talents (and about 200 hours) to Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville, a medical clinic that provides
primary medical services to the working uninsured of Northeast Florida. The agency created a new logo for Volunteers in Medicine, as well as created a promotional video, donor cards and event displays to help the clinic raising awareness about its services.
Through its Trees For Tracks initiative, Jacksonville-based CSX pledged to plant 21,000 trees, one tree for every mile of track it uses across its transportation network in 23 states. In November of 2013, the company and its employee volunteers fulfilled that mission.
It would take a dozen pages to list all the contributions made by this year’s Companies With Heart honorees. While we are unable to provide that many pages, we do want to recognize these commendable companies and highlight just some of the contributions they have made in an effort to help Jacksonville be a better place in which to live and work.
Bank of America
Type of business: Banking
Local employees: Over 5,000
Corporate philosophy on community giving: The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support to address needs vital to the health of our communities by focusing on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing critical needs such as hunger. Financial education and the CSR themes of environment and diversity and inclusion are woven across our focus areas.
Notable accomplishment: Bank of America participates in several community initiatives throughout the year, including a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank’s Give a Meal Campaign. Bank of America employees in Jacksonville devoted 51,079 hours of their time to volunteer work in 2013.
Type of business: Healthcare
Local employees: 9,400
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Baptist Health executives know that to truly change healthcare for good in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, the nonprofit health system’s caregivers must reach far beyond the walls of their hospitals and clinics. Baptist Health focuses on sharing its strengths and expertise in the community, focusing on providing access to care for those who cannot afford it, promoting preventive health screenings and mentoring youth and teens.
Notable accomplishment: Baptist Health provides grants to help accelerate access for students who need behavioral healthcare and pays for the administrative director for the only indigent care clinic in Nassau County. They also fund a program that
provides food for lower-income students.
Type of business: Advertising and marketing
Local employees: 23
Corporate philosophy on community giving: At Burdette Ketchum, we strongly believe in using our professional talents and expertise to provide community organizations with marketing services they would not be able to otherwise afford. We accomplish this mainly through our HeartStrings charitable giving program. As well, Burdette Ketchum believes it’s important to encourage our team members to pursue individual interests through volunteerism, fundraising events and serving on boards.
Notable accomplishment: In 1997, Burdette Ketchum initiated a charitable giving program, HeartStrings, as a way to give back to the Jacksonville community. Since the program’s inception, the agency has donated more than $600,000 worth of professional expertise and has provided a total of more than 1,000 pro bono hours.
Community First Credit Union
Type of business: Credit union
Local employees: 275
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Community First Credit Union proudly supports the First Coast community through volunteerism, environmental sustainability and financial leadership. We believe our members and employees play a vital role in fostering the success and future of our institution. Our commitment to this belief is expressed in our core values. Our values are: collaboration, commitment to members, community focus, continuous improvement, creating trust and creativity and innovation.
Notable accomplishment: The Community First Cares Foundation sponsors several programs, activities and policies, notably
Community First Saturdays, a monthly event of family-friendly activities with an overall emphasis on health and wellness.
Crowley Maritime Corporation
Type of business: Marine solutions, transportation, logistics, salvage
Local employees: 1,000
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Supporting education has been a major initiative for Crowley through the years in an effort to help provide children a brighter future. Therefore Crowley has contributed over $2 million to scholarships during the past several years. Each Crowley location is given the freedom and encouraged to determine which charitable organizations they prefer to support through mentoring, volunteering, raising funds, and/or financial assistance.
Notable accomplishment: In 2013, Crowley continued to participate in the national Make a Difference Day event which occurs the third Saturday in October. Crowley volunteers raised funds for organizations such as the Children’s Home Society, Nemours’ Hospital, Second Harvest, and many others.
Type of business: Freight and intermodal transportation
Local employees: 3,800
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Our responsibility to the communities we serve and intersect is much greater than simply connecting people, products and places. We believe our role is to make life safer, greener, healthier and more rewarding for the cities, towns and neighborhoods throughout our 21,000 miles of track. CSX is committed to strengthening the bond between our company and the citizens of the towns in which we live and work.
Notable accomplishment: The CSX foundation provides millions of dollars in grants to charitable organizations in Jacksonville and across its service area each year. This includes support for City Year, FFA Foundation, National Safe Place, the Nature Conservancy, and more.
CTI Resource Management Services, Inc.
Type of business: Personnel services
Local employees: 75
Corporate philosophy on community giving: We are a company that is committed to making a difference in the lives of our employees and our customers, so that they can make a difference at work, at home, in their communities and the world. CTI values every team member and believes that everyone makes a difference that extends far beyond the walls of the company.
Notable accomplishment: CTI participates in a number of initiatives each year, notably, care packages sent to military members in Afghanistan, quarterly blood drives, and employee participation in the Jacksonville Diabetes Association and American Cancer Society walks.
Type of business: Investment banking
Local employees: 1,475
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Deutsche Bank’s commitment to communities in the Americas is grounded in a long-standing tradition of social responsibility. Throughout the world, Deutsche Bank seeks opportunities to play a positive role in addressing local needs by making available financial resources, the talents of its personnel and the leadership of its management.
Notable accomplishment: Deutsche Bank hosts a yearly fundraiser in which proceeds are used for the “Adopt A Room” project. This project provides a room makeover and provides basic living necessities to create a home environment for a resident in need.
Dixon Hughes Goodman
Type of business: CPA firm, accounting
Local employees: 38
Corporate philosophy on community giving: The Dixon Hughes Goodman Foundation Inc. is the philanthropic affiliate of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP through which we provide financial support to community organizations and university programs across our footprint. Additionally, the foundation supports endeavors that enhance and enrich the accounting profession.
Notable accomplishment: During the 2013 fiscal year, the Foundation distributed more than $900,000 to selected universities and charitable organizations. The company also participated in or donated to the American Heart Walk, the Cummer Museum, United Way, and many more.
Type of Business: Financial services
Local employees: 790
Corporate philosophy on community giving: At Fidelity Investments, we create volunteer opportunities for our employees that use their insights and experience to help provide students in need with an educational foundation to feel more confident, make smart decisions and achieve personal and financial goals. We take a two-part approach to our education efforts in partnership with established non-profit organizations and regional school systems.
Notable accomplishment: Jacksonville employees partnered with the Duval County School District, resulting in the three-year transformation of Alfred I. DuPont Middle School and setting them on a similar path with their new partner, Terry Parker High School.
Financial Design Associates
Type of Business: Insurance and financial services
Local employees: 50
Corporate philosophy on community giving: At Financial Design Associates, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, we are able to leverage 162 years of experience to meet the many personal business needs of local residents and firms. MassMutual is committed to the communities it does business in as reflected by the millions in philanthropic support it provided in 2013.
Notable accomplishment: The agency has directly supported or been recognized for community impact by The Bolles School, The Donna Foundation, The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Junior Achievement and more.
Foundation Financial Group
Type of business: Financial services
Local employees: 70
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Through philanthropic services, Foundation Financial Group strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in our communities. At FFG, building long term strategic partnerships with a variety of non-profit philanthropic organizations is intrinsic to our success. Our core principles of honesty, integrity and respect have not just shaped business practices, but our commitment to community service.
Notable accomplishment: In 2013, FFG did volunteer work and collections for veterans during the holiday season, worked with Family Support Services to support Jacksonville’s youth, helped feed hungry children with Blessings in a Backpack, and more.
Type of business: Architecture, Engineering and Construction
Local employees: 385
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Service is a core value at Haskell and this is very important in the communities in which we live and work. In terms of giving back, our company is recognized as a philanthropic leader and we annually commit over 3% of profits to charitable causes. In addition to providing funds, our team members selflessly share their time, resources and talent with both individuals and philanthropic causes.
Notable accomplishment: In addition to many other initiatives, Haskell began a partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in 2011, and became the second company in Jacksonville to participate in the “Beyond School Walls” program, which is a workplace-mentoring program for high school students.
JWB Real Estate Capital
Type of business: Real estate
Local employees: 36
Corporate philosophy on community giving: By understanding that we can and should give back to our River City home, JWB is committed to volunteering with local partners throughout the year. We find great joy in helping members of our community and playing a major role in revitalizing our downtown core.
Notable accomplishment: Every other month, JWB volunteers with a local charity like HabiJax, Second Harvest Food Bank, and more. The president of the company is involved in World Class Jax, an organization focused on revitalizing downtown Jacksonville.
The LBA Group
Type of business: Accounting, consulting, wealth advisory
Local employees: 90
Corporate philosophy on community giving: The LBA was originally established in Jacksonville in 1966. In the 47 years since that founding, the partners and staff of the firm have been fiercely committed to giving back to our own community. It has become a cornerstone of our culture and simply part of who we are and what we do.
Notable accomplishment: The firm’s employee-driven volunteer corps, LBA Steps Up!, participated in and/or contributed to several initiatives, including United Way of Northeast Florida, All Saints Elder & Child Care, and Daniel Kids.
The Main Street America Group
Type of business: Property/casualty insurance
Local employees: 165
Corporate philosophy on community giving: The Main Street America Group is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.
Notable accomplishment: The Main Street America Group’s NGM Charitable Foundation supports local nonprofit organizations in Northeast Florida and several other communities across the United States. In 2013, the Foundation’s funding of nonprofits surpassed $135,000.
Law Office of John M. Phillips
Type of business: Personal injury and wrongful death law
Local employees: 7
Corporate philosophy on community giving: We started our law office in July of 2011 with the ambition of changing the way people think about lawyers and focusing on the community. We want to give back because of all that we have taken.
Notable accomplishment: The company is focused on the cause of animals and donates money to K9s for Warriors and the Jacksonville Humane Society.
Type of business: Architecture, engineering and construction
Local employees: 286
Corporate philosophy on community giving: At Stellar, we build more than buildings. We build communities—in our own hometown and throughout the worldwide locations where we live and work. Combining our resources, talent and commitment, the Stellar Foundation is our means for promoting a cycle of giving that enhances the everyday lives of those who need it most.
Notable accomplishment: The Stellar Foundation has enriched lives by donating millions of dollars in volunteer hours, grants and financial contributions to charitable organizations in Jacksonville and beyond. One such contribution is the annual Sulzbacher holiday luncheon to feed the homeless.
Turner Pest Control
Type of business: Residential, commercial pest control
Local employees: 85
Corporate philosophy on community giving: Turner Pest Control is committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. As a pest control company, our commitment to the community begins by being environmentally responsible. Turner Pest Control gives back to the communities in a variety of ways from monetary sponsorships, pro bono work and employee volunteerism.
Notable accomplishment: Turner Pest Control’s largest monetary commitment is allocated through a partnership with Beaches Habitat for Humanity and the Wounded Warrior Project. The company committed $50,000 to build the first Beaches Habitat for Humanity home in our community for a Wounded Warrior family.
Type of business: Internet marketing
Local employees: 5
Corporate philosophy on community giving: We not only work diligently for our clients, but also for our community. We believe in giving back to local non-profit organizations and helping those in need. From creating new websites for organizations we partner with, to donating food and supplies to pet shelters, we always have volunteer projects ongoing.
Notable accomplishment: Vizergy provides up to two days of paid time off for employees participating in volunteer activities. In addition, the company has collected more than 1000 pounds of food and supplies for First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
Type of business: Marketing and advertising
Local employees: 12
Corporate philosophy on community giving: A commitment to the non-profit community is at the core of Wingard Creative’s evolution as a company. Since 2008, Wingard Creative has partnered with numerous organizations within the First Coast community to provide pro-bono creative services. The company takes pride in working with arts and culture organizations and community advocacy groups.
Notable accomplishment: In 2013 alone, Wingard Creative completed pro-bono creative services valued at more than $34,000 for non-profit organizations such as St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, the Cathedral Arts Project, We Care Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and many more.
UF Health Jacksonville
Type of business: Healthcare
Local employees: 5,000
Corporate philosophy on community giving: UF Health Jacksonville’s community giving philosophy is a part of our overall mission to heal, comfort, educate and discover. It can be seen in action every day, within the hospital, in our clinics and in the community. As Northeast Florida’s safety-net hospital, we provide almost half of all charity care in Duval County. We’ve also created programs that have served as a statewide model to bring indigent patients into a healthier lifestyle.
Notable accomplishment: Among many other programs, UF Health has given free health screenings and education to communities with the highest rates of diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, HIV and other health conditions through faith-based leaders and their congregations.
UBS Financial Services
Type of business: Financial services, wealth management
Local employees: 57
Corporate philosophy on community giving: UBS has a long-standing, vigorous community affairs program that makes a sustained and measurable impact. We aim to overcome disadvantage by supporting education and entrepreneurship in our local communities, through a strategic combination of funding and the commitment and skills of our people.
Notable accomplishment: UBS employees participate in many initiatives. Team UBS raised over $2210 and $900 in matching funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Northeast Florida and participated in the “Light the Night” walk for blood cancer diseases.
Help Us Salute Northeast Florida’s Most Community-Minded Businesses for 2014
Not only do our Companies With Heart receive recognition in this special 904 Magazine feature story, but they will be honored at an awards luncheon in March at River City Brewing Co. A special “Thank You” goes out to our sponsors who make this event, which benefits The Blood Alliance, possible. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Anna Marie Burke at (904) 389-3622.