Happy Holidays! This month at The Dansko Blog, we Celebrate Sharing and Giving Back!
Our co-founder Mandy has always said “When you’ve got something good, share it!” This philosophy is an integral part of daily life at Dansko. Whether we’re helping local organizations through our volunteering efforts or contributing to charitable causes, Dansko strives to make a positive impact in the world. To kick-off our celebration of sharing, we spotlight a special organization that’s dedicated to making a difference by giving back –The Dansko Foundation.
“When you’ve got something good, share it!”
When Dansko’s founders Mandy and Peter discovered the “shoe that had the power to change lives”, they shared their find with friends and family. When word about these clogs spread outside their friends, Mandy and Peter knew that they had to share them with everyone. Their passion to share something good with others is the cornerstone of our company’s foundation. It’s also the belief that led to the creation of the non-profit organization, The Dansko Foundation.
What is The Dansko Foundation?
The Dansko Foundation is a non-profit organization with a focus on giving back to the community that has championed Dansko since the very beginning. The purpose of the Foundation is to inspire, support and facilitate charitable giving and service projects by Dansko employees to organizations that demonstrate a benefit for human kind. Since its inception, The Dansko Foundation has contributed over $900,000 to more than 677 non-profit organizations. Dansko also encourages its employees to share by matching their charitable contributions. From donating to relief efforts and food banks to sponsoring educational and recreational programs, every contribution The Dansko Foundation makes is an investment in a better world.
Sharing In So Many Ways
How does one carry out a mission of sharing? With a team of caring individuals that serve as the Board of The Dansko Foundation. Comprised of Dansko employees from every area of Dansko’s business, the Board determines how to support community-based groups and local chapters of national organizations. Of course, Dansko employees not on the board still play a vital role in this mission of sharing. Each year, Dansko allots 20 hours of volunteer time to each employee. On any given workday, a Dansko employee can be found sharing their talents by cooking and serving meals, cleaning watersheds, planting trees or rolling up their sleeves to help out any way they can in our community.
How Can I Give Back?
The Dansko Foundation not only makes a difference in this community, it also inspires others to do so in kind. If you would like to volunteer in your community, sites such as volunteermatch.com and idealist.org can help you locate volunteer opportunities in your area. Visit them today and share the good tomorrow.