With the holiday season on the horizon, there’s no better time for individuals and businesses to get in the spirit of giving. C-suite executives and business owners have the resources and capacity to provide a positive impact in their communities. Whether it’s by supporting a local charity, organizing an event or participating in a fundraiser, giving back has important benefits for a business well beyond helping out the local community.
Here are 3 company leaders and business people who recognize the value in giving back.
As the CEO of The Keyes Company in South Florida, a successful real estate company, Mike Pappas says there’s been no shortage of success for the firm over the years. Because of that, the firm has supported more than 50 initiatives within the last year alone.
“Community service has been a 93-year core value of our company, and we match financially the commitment of our associates to charitable organizations,” says Pappas.
The company has been a supporter of Move For Hunger and the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which supports cancer research.
Pappas says he chooses to donate his efforts to charitable causes because “when the community thrives, we thrive.”
As the managing director of a financial firm in Chicago, Thomas Kane has more than two decades of experience in his field and has grown his business to one of the most prominent in the country.
Outside of work, Kane is passionate about giving back and serves as President of Friends of the IDF Central Region, an organization dedicated to the men and women serving in the Israel Defense Forces, wounded veterans, and the families of fallen soldiers, as well as other functions for civic and charitable organizations.
“Supporting causes that help provide those in need with educational opportunities is always most important to me personally, but I am always encouraging my team to get involved in an organization that is close to their own hearts. Giving back not only helps the community, it also makes you feel like your contributions make a difference,” says Thomas Kane.
Tim Clepper is president and CEO of Kaulig Companies Ltd., a business that operates successful verticals inside multiple industries across the country. As both a businessman and philanthropist in Northeast Ohio, Clepper has been actively involved with charity since he began his career. Clepper says he strives to make an impact on the community in everything he does.
Clepper created his own not-for-profit, Santa PICsU, and serves on the boards for other organizations. Santa PICsU serves children and families dealing with year-round stays in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs). The organization was established to bring the joy of the holiday season to families in traumatic situations.
Among his other contributions, Clepper has also been involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and serves as chair and volunteers as emcee of the Good Scout Luncheon for the Boy Scouts of America.