A corporate philanthropy program dedicated to providing teams with immersive community service opportunities which foster teamwork, learning, and compassion.
If your company is looking to go above and beyond in serving others, then The Backpack Project’s Sponsor a Distribution program is for you. Whether you are a small firm or a large corporation that is looking to make an impact, this program offers the perfect platform for you to mobilize your company and its employees to make a tangible and meaningful difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in your community.
The process is simple: The Backpack Project makes every homeless care backpack for $20 or less, with each backpack containing more than 40 items of food, clothing, and toiletries. If your company is interested in sponsoring a backpack distribution, the first step is to view the table below and select the level of sponsorship that your company and its employees – possibly with the help of their friends, family, and colleagues -- wish to achieve.
Sponsor a Distribution Tiers
Then decide how your company wants to meet its goal:
(1) Direct donation by your company via check or online through the Donate page on our website, with the option of your employees volunteering to pack and/or distribute the backpacks sponsored. Since TBP buys the backpacks and supplies at wholesale prices, a monetary donation to TBP offers greater purchasing power.
(2) Employee involvement in the fundraising process, with the option of packing and/or distributing the sponsored backpacks. This alternative provides an opportunity for the employees to directly participate in raising funds, by reaching out to their network of family, friends and colleagues to let them know how they are helping the homeless in Atlanta and Athens and asking them to sponsor a backpack (or two). Employees or the company can start their own GoFundMe page to facilitate online donations, create individual donation pages through TBP's fundraising campaign page, or just collect cash or checks made payable to The Backpack Project, Inc.
(3) A combination of options (1) and (2), with your company matching the funds raised by your employees.
If your company is interested in sponsoring a backpack distribution, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information. We are available to answer any questions you may have or provide supporting documentation regarding The Backpack Project. This is an opportunity for your company and its employees to work together to make a difference in our community, and we hope that you will join hands with us in our mission to ease the burden of homelessness.
Please see the packet below for more information regarding the Sponsor a Distribution program. Feel free to disseminate this PDF to friends and colleagues, and please let us know if we can answer any questions you or your company may have.
U.S. Health Advisors (USHA) - December 2016
In December 2016, TBP partnered with the Giannotti Division of U.S. Health Advisors (USHA), a branch of the health insurance company U.S. Health Group. USHA employees raised $5,300 to fund 265 backpacks as a part of their annual HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday) project. Managers across the country were asked to participate in giving back to their local communities by doing more than simply writing a check, and TBP provided such an opportunity.
Using the money raised by USHA, TBP purchased over 10,000 units of supplies, and brought them to the USHA headquarters in Norcross, GA. Approximately 30 USHA employees and their families participated in the team-building exercise of setting up and packing all 265 backpacks. USHA employees expressed how enjoyable this process was, “I would highly recommend The Backpack Project to anyone looking to give back. [The] team was great to work with, and we all had a blast giving back to all those folks in need. What a great opportunity you all shared with my team to be able to help those not so fortunate.” – Darrell Giannotti, Georgia Division Leader
To see more photos from our partnership with USHA, check out our Photos page here.
BB&T Athens - June 2017
Each year, BB&T branches from across the country engage in a corporate philanthropy program called the "Lighthouse Project." In 2017, The Backpack Project was chosen as the nonprofit partner of the Athens-area BB&T branches. As such, BB&T made a $2,400 donation which funded the creation of 120 homeless care kits. At their Athens branch, BB&T managers and bankers participated in packing the 120 backpacks, then subsequently delivered them to individuals on the streets of downtown Athens and those residing in The Salvation Army of Athens' overnight shelter.