Wow, 2012 was an amazing year of forming new partnerships, as well as continuing relationships with many wonderful organizations. We’re proud of our employees’ generosity, both financially and through their volunteer involvement.
Coughlan Companies (Capstone’s parent company) recognizes that healthy, thriving communities depend on involved citizens, organizations and corporate partners for momentum. Our Corporate Giving Program lends support, services and resources to community organizations working to improve the quality of life for the people we serve. Our Philosophy of Giving focuses on: Literacy, Education, and Environment.
Our Corporate Giving team wanted to share with you a few giving highlights from 2012.
Giving in Minnesota:
- The Greater Mankato Area United Way’s “Books for Kids” program is a free program designed to instill the joy of reading in children by providing free books and parenting resources to families who live or work in the greater Mankato area. We’ve been partners with the United Way for this program for the last 10 years. In 2012, we donated 58,540 books to the program!
- In an exciting venture to promote early childhood literacy, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and Capstone partnered for the eighth year on the “BookStart” program! We donated 10,000 books to this program last year.
- In May 2012 we launched the Capstone Literacy Center (CLC), an initiative to boost the reading skills of struggling readers in grades 1-12 in Mankato and surrounding communities. The center is led by Dr. Andrew Johnson, professor of Literacy Instruction in the Department of Special Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is located at the Capstone office headquarters in North Mankato. Many of our employees made the wonderful commitment to tutor a student one hour per week for the 2012-2013 school year, including: Sarah Bennett (design), Bobbi Brewer (human resources), Lori Bye (design), John Jaquette (distribution center), Shelly Lyons (editorial), Tracy Davies McCabe (design), Sally Mock (customer service), and Erika Shores (editorial).
- On December 12, 2012, Coughlan Companies was honored to be recognized for our generous philanthropic initiatives in the community with the 2012 Minnesota Keystone Honored Company Award by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. Originally known as the 5% Club, the Minnesota Keystone Program recognizes companies that give at least 2% of their pre-tax earnings back to the community.
- Our Employee Volunteer Time program encourages employees to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities in their community by offering paid time off during the work day each year. In 2012 employees donated nearly 400 hours of volunteer time in their communities.
- Capstone continued its partnership with Bess the Book Bus, a mobile literacy outreach dedicated to getting books into the homes of underprivileged and underrepresented children and families, by donating 5,000 children’s books to the organization. A portion of the donated books were distributed to children at the Mankato Family YMCA and Golden Heart Daycare last April.
- Capstone donated 10,366 books to “Operation: BuddyPack,” an initiative of The Heart of America Foundation which delivers books and supplies to children affected by disasters. “Operation: BuddyPack” distributed the donated books in December 2012 to schools and communities in New Jersey and New York affected by Hurricane Sandy. The initiative delivered more than 18 tons of BuddyPacks, new backpacks full of toiletries, books, and other essential supplies, to the superstorm’s youngest victims.
- We awarded $23,000 in scholarships to deserving students attending higher education institutions.
- In December Capstone donated approximately 24,000 books to Libraries of Love – Uganda. In 2013 Libraries of Love will build five new libraries serving 5,000 students.
- Lisa Hanson, Director of Corporate Giving