Nominations for 2016 Companies With Heart have closed. We will begin accepting nominations for the 2017 list in December.
Most non-profit organizations rely on a mix of individual gifts, grants and state and federal funds. The grants, state and federal funds receive a bulk of the headlines—but it’s the individual and corporate donations that do the most. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, the largest source of charitable giving in 2014 came from individuals at $258.51 billion, or 72% of total giving; followed by foundations ($53.97 billion), bequests ($28.13 billion) and corporations ($17.77 billion). Gifts from corporations saw an increase of more than 13 percent from 2013. Locally, it seems that both those giving and those receiving are better for it.
Charitable giving is engrained in many company cultures these days, and yet there are still a handful of businesses whose level of charity sets them apart from the pack. That’s the idea behind 904 Magazine’s annual list of Companies With Heart.
What follows is the 2016 list of honorees. All have at least one thing in common—they know that forward-thinking for-profit companies can have a significant impact on non-profits. Those highlighted on the following pages take their corporate responsibilities seriously, using charity to look beyond the bottom line.
The same survey mentioned above revealed that 25.3 percent of U.S. adults volunteered with an organization in 2014, contributing an estimated 8.7 billion hours—the most hours recorded since the survey began in 2002. The total value of those hours? Approximately $179.2 billion.
Of course, a company can contribute to non-profits in a number of ways—through man hours, energy and fundraising drives. Because we believe that a company’s worth is measured in more than just revenue, our list honors businesses both large and small. For example, you’ll find Baptist Health—a large company that employs over 10,000 employees locally—has many programs that work to provide a helping hand to the community such as the Healthy for Life class which offers a free yearlong diabetes prevention program designed to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and teach healthier lifestyles. You’ll also find Sisler Johnston Interior Design, whose four employees work with Habijax Design Committee to improve housing plans for low-income homeowners.
Just as they focus on how to increase efficiency and profit margins, the following honorees consider how they can leverage their expertise for the good of the local community.
Type of Business: Specialty staffing, consulting and solutions
Local Employees: 1,000
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Adecco believes in giving back to the Jacksonville community. Encouraging volunteerism and providing financial support to many community focused organizations are just two of the ways Adecco supports Jacksonville. The business’ goal is to help make Jacksonville a better place to live, work and play by providing heart-felt volunteerism opportunities to their employees.
Notable Accomplishment: In celebration of Black History Month, Adecco raised more than $3,000 for the Clara White Mission and established a scholarship at Edward Waters College.
Type of Business: Software and Accounting Systems Provider
Local Employees: 235
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Advent is involved in many events in Jacksonville focusing on time and treasure. Advent’s purpose charters to help employees and clients thrive. Through educational programs, empowering and encouraging the gift of time and financial support from the company, Advent seeks to be a force for good in the world and communities by supporting the disadvantaged in the communities.
Notable Accomplishment: Advent encourages its employees to be involved in service to the community through their “Advent Gives Back Week.” This week allows employees to help with Housing Project for Beaches Habitat and Toiletry Kits for the Salvation Army.
Type of Business: Business Intelligence
Local Employees: 23
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: As a locally owned and operated company, Analytics Partners tries to give back as much as possible through charitable donations, volunteerism, sponsorships and mentoring programs. Analytics Partners has a program that allows employees to take 32 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer to a charity of their choice in the community.
Notable Accomplishment: Analytics Partners staff volunteers at the Jay Fund wine gala, radio-a-thon, celebrity gold tournament and holiday parties. By launching a Facebook campaign, Analytics Partners were able to raise over $1000.
Bank of America
Type of Business: Banking
Local Employees: Over 5,000
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Bank of America’s philanthropic investments focus on strengthening the economic health of communities. By focusing on three core priorities—housing, hunger and jobs—Bank of America is able to partner with local nonprofits and organizations around the world to help support the issues in the community. Bank of America seeks to raise awareness of Jacksonville’s culture by offering free admission to local museums and occasionally free concert with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Notable Accomplishment: Bank of America’s charitable donations exceeded $1 million in 2015 in Jacksonville. These donations helped more than 30 local nonprofits launch, continue or improve initiatives meant to aid the disadvantaged and promote financial literacy.
Type of Business: Hospital/Healthcare Provider
Local Employees: 10,200
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Baptist Health is committed to helping those throughout the First Coast live healthy lives, with an emphasis on wellness and prevention. Beyond their hospitals and doctors’ offices, Baptist Health provides free wellness and prevention information to community members throughout our region. By use of volunteer and monetary support, Baptist Health contributed $2.2 million to local nonprofit organizations that helped improve community health in 2015.
Notable Accomplishment: Baptist Health has many programs providing a lending hand to the community. Among these is a diabetes prevention class, Healthy for Life, which offers a free yearlong diabetes prevention program designed to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and teach healthier lifestyles.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Type of Business: Real Estate
Local Employees: 260
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Berkshire Hathaway believes in giving back to a community that has supported their company for over 27 years. By partnering with numerous charities in Jacksonville, Berkshire Hathaway is able to give back and support families, children and schools.
Notable Accomplishment: Berkshire Hathaway partnered with the Jacksonville Jaguars to support Dreams Come True, a local charity that provides dreams to children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. A donation is made to Dreams Come True with every real estate closing, totaling $61,000 over two years.
Type of Business: Family Style Dining, BBQ
Local Employees: 240
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Bono’s BBQ believes in supporting a community that has supported them for over 66 years. They are committed to supporting local schools and businesses through financial support and raising awareness.
Notable Accomplishment: Bono’s BBQ has donated their services, including catering and gift cards, to multiple organizations and schools in the Jacksonville community. Bono’s also donates thousands of dollars annually to many local charities and business including Tiger Academy, Hope Haven Association and National MS Society, North Florida Chapter.
Clockwork Marketing Services
Type of Business: Marketing, Entrepreneurial
Local Employees: 7
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Clockwork Marketing Services is an entrepreneurial organization that takes great pride in giving back to the community. By building and supporting the respect and reputation of a community, Clockwork Marketing Services is able to create a better place for the community to live and work.
Notable Accomplishment: Clockwork Marketing Services provided pro-bono public relations efforts to broaden awareness of the Wolfson Children’s Hospital annual fundraiser—the 39th annual Art and Antiques Show.
Corporation Type of Business: Marine Solutions, Transportation and Logistics
Local Employees: 525
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Supporting education has been a major focus for Crowley over the years, and the company has consistently moved forward in its efforts to give children an opportunity for a bright future.
Notable Accomplishment: Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students. The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs.
Type of Business: Staffing, Recruiting
Local Employees: 100
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: CSI firmly believes in exposing employees to volunteering and giving back. CSI is dedicated to making a difference in the community by partnering with organizations that care for those in need.
Notable Accomplishment: CSI has longstanding partnerships with local organizations such as Dreams Come True, the MS Society and the American Lung Association.
Type of Business: Freight and Intermodal Transportation
Local Employees: 3,600
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: It is not just simply connecting people, products and places for CSX. CSX believes their role in the community is to make life safer, greener, healthier and more rewarding for the cities, towns and neighborhoods throughout the 21,000 miles of their track.
Notable Accomplishment: In addition to company and foundation funding, CSX supports the community by supporting employee involvement in the community through volunteer grants, workplace giving and disaster relief match program.
CTI Resource Management Services, Inc.
Type of Business: IT and Administrative Support Provider
Local Employees: 75
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: CTI is committed to making a difference in the lives of employees and customers so that they can make a difference at work, home and in the communities in which they live. CTI hosts annual events supports local charities including United States Military, Daniel Homes for Kids, The American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes.
Notable Accomplishment: CTI adopted Spring Park Elementary as a corporate school sponsor and donated school supplies to ensure the children had the resources they needed to be successful.
Ennis, Pellum & Associates, CPAs
Type of Business: Accounting
Local Employees: 35
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Giving back to the community has been an integral part of Ennis, Pellum & Associates, CPAs since the firm was founded in 1978. The firm runs numerous programs and activities to raise funds for and serve in board and mentoring capacities at many worthwhile community organizations and causes.
Notable Accomplishment: Ennis, Pellum & Associates, CPAs has a long history of involvement with United Way of Northeast Florida and raised $15,000 in 2014.
Fifth Third Bank
Type of Business: Financial Services
Local Employees: 70
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Fifth Third Bank is focused on improving their customers’ lives and making a difference in the communities they serve. They partner with many organizations such as Stand Up 2 Cancer and Feeding Northeast Florida.
Notable Accomplishment: Fifth Third Bank’s signature program, L.I.F.E.—Lives Improved Through Financial Empowerment—provides individuals the tools and knowledge they need to successfully manage their finances.
Financial Design Associates
Type of Business: Life Insurance
Local Employees: 50 Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Financial Design Associates focuses on enabling employees to further the mission of nonprofit partners by approving paid time off for company-sponsored volunteer events in addition to holding food, school supply and toy drives. Financial Design Associates contributes to the community through ways of education, advocacy, sustainability and economic development.
Notable Accomplishment: Through Financial Design Associates LifeBridge program, they have provided almost $11 million in free life insurance coverage. The LifeBridge program is designed to help protect the dream of providing an education for a child if the insured parents or guardian dies.
First Tennessee Bank
Type of Business: Banking
Local Employees: 5
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: First Tennessee Bank is committed to ensuring that the communities they work in are also great places to live. By collaborating with nonprofit, community development and civic partners, First Tennessee Bank is able to help strengthen the community.
Notable Accomplishment: To commemorate First Tennessee Bank’s 150-year anniversary, the Jacksonville office granted 150 wishes to local non-profits. This led to 50 blankets for the Jacksonville Humane Society, 50 art kits to Art with a Heart in Healthcare for patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and 50 days of comprehensive care of homeless individuals at Sulzbacher Center.
Type of Business: Health Solutions
Local Employees: Over 5,000
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Florida Blue is committed to helping people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue supports the community through member outreach, financial support of community health programs, volunteer efforts and sponsorship of fitness and wellness programs.
Notable Accomplishment: Charitable Contributions between Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation totaled $9.65 million for more than 500 non-profit organizations over the past year. Florida Blue served over 5.9 million Floridians through the Build Healthy, Strong Communities grant programs that focus on education/literacy, healthy and human services, arts and culture and community development.
Type of Business: Construction
Local Employees: 350
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Haskell’s philosophy is based on the goal to make a positive impact and leave a greater legacy than that which is inherited. Team members support and volunteer their time with over 200 organizations locally and across the country.
Notable Accomplishment: Haskell donates 3 percent of its profits annually to the community to mentor local students, champion charitable causes and lead fundraising campaigns.
Holland & Knight
Type of Business: Law
Local Employees: 87
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Holland and Knight has a long tradition of public service. The firm offers thousands of pro bono services each year to benefit the Jacksonville community.
Notable Accomplishment: Holland and Knight partners with the local charities the support at-risk youth in the community annually to organize a day of service committed to rejuvenating local businesses. The firm has donated over $300,000 to local charitable organizations in support of at-risk youth over the last five years.
Type of Business: Private, Higher Education Institution
Local Employees: 906
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Community Social Responsibility is a core mission of Jacksonville University. Jacksonville University supports and benefits many local organizations including PACE Center for Girls, Impact Church and Duval County Public Schools.
Notable Accomplishment: Jacksonville University has invested more than $30 million in infrastructure improvements to benefit the campus and surrounding community.
Type of Business: Electric, Water and Sewer Utilities
Local Employees: 2,200
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: JEA is a mission driven organization with a strong corporate and employee commitment to giving back to the community. Nearly one third of JEA’s workforce volunteers annually, working roughly 50 events and approximately 4,250 reported community service hours.
Notable Accomplishment: Annually, JEA employees adopt around a dozen families through Hubbard House, the Department of Children and Families, Family Support Services and Community Hospice PedsCare, to support and care for during the holidays.
The LBA Group
Type of Business: Law
Local Employees: 104 Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: The LBA Group partners and staff have been fiercely committed to giving back to the community over the last 50 years. The LBA Group donates time and funds to local non-profits to support the culture of Jacksonville.
Notable Accomplishment: The LBA Group chooses two non-profits annually to support each half of the year. More than $3,000 was raised with almost 1000 hours of volunteer time for the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville and Daniel Kids in 2015.
The Main Street America Group
Type of Business: Property/Casualty Insurance
Local Employees: 200
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: The Main Street America Group is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where its employees live and work. Over the past 12 months, The Main Street America Group and its employees supported nearly 200 nonprofit organizations.
Notable Accomplishment: Through a newly established Holiday Honorarium Program, The Main Street America Group was able to donate $4500 to the Daniel Kids Foundation.
Sisler Johnston Interior Design
Type of Business: Interior Design
Local Employees: 4
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Sisler Johnston Interior Design tries to match their tools and skills to areas in the community where they are needed most. By providing special love and care for widows, orphans, children, elderly and the disabled, the company is able to help charities and individuals who minister in these areas.
Notable Accomplishment: Sisler Johnston Interior Designs provides furnishing and housewares when needed. They also work with a Habijax Design Committee to improve housing plans for low-income homeowners.
Type of Business: Construction
Local Employees: 250
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Stellar believes construction is more than bricks and mortar—it’s about laying down the foundation for community. Stellar aims to build communities while developing an environment that supports stronger families and promoting a cycle of giving that stretches from Jacksonville to communities around the world.
Notable Accomplishment: Stellar established the Stellar Foundation which gives time, talent, resources and donations to about 130 charitable organizations.
The Suddath Companies
Type of Business: Transportation, Moving and Storage
Local Employees: 400
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: The Suddath Companies are committed to giving back to the communities in which they operate. Suddath believes their company is unable to grow and prosper without investing in the people, processes and programs of their communities.
Notable Accomplishment: The Suddath Companies donated wheelchair and passenger vans to K9s for Warriors—a non-government funded program dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11.
UF Health Jacksonville
Type of Business: Healthcare
Local Employees: 5,000
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: UF Health Jacksonville’s philosophy is to heal, comfort, educate and discover. UF Health Jacksonville provides over half of all charity care in Duval County.
Notable Accomplishment: UF Health has trained over 14,000 people on the proper CPR technique. They are working towards training enough people to fill Everbank Stadium.
Type of Business: Marketing and Advertising
Local Employees: 14
Corporate Philosophy on Community Giving: Wingard Creative is committed to giving back to nonprofit organizations within Jacksonville. They have donated more than $100,000 throughout the First Coast. Along with pro-bono services, company leaders encourage employees to pursue opportunities throughout the community.
Notable Accomplishment: Wingard Creative donated a total of $25,000 of pro-bono services to the PACE Center for Girls as a part of being the company’s 2015 Wishing Well program winner.