My Grandfather used to tell me "Community service is the rent you pay for living in the world."
If you asked Megan (my loving wife and incredible business partner), she would tell you that her passion for giving is deeply rooted in her childhood memories as well.
So, when Megan and I started looking to grow our business, one of our core values was community service.
Megan volunteered on every committee she was invited to and I set about supporting her efforts with digital and creative works our company could offer.
Over the past five years alone, we've helped raise over $250,000 for the Tigard/Tualatin Relay for Life, awarded over $100,000 in heart research grants at OHSU (funds that are matched 10 to 1 by federal research grants), and donated nearly 5,000 volunteer hours to non-profit organizations in our community.
We're proud to say that we know people who are alive today because of money we have been able to raise for life-saving programs we have represented.
On Wednesday, our company was honored at the Portland Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Awards and it was truly and honor for Megan and I to attend this event. It was so inspiring to be a part of such an amazing community who's commitment to giving is so strong.
However, the point of this post is not to highlight our award, but to highlight the awards we have been given through through community involvement.
We have been able to build and be a part of an amazing community who tirelessly works for causes they believe in.
We have been able to build and grow a business who values working hard and supporting others.
We have been able to involve our children in a way that will hopefully inspire them to become active participants in causes they choose to support.
The power of giving has enriched our lives and made our business grow.
Your causes may be different than ours, but if you could build a community, give to others, and increase your sales, wouldn't you want to do it?
Pick something that's important to you and do something about it. It's the best rent you'll ever pay.