How Philanthropy Girls matches companies’ desire to help with charities’ needs
By Belinda Sharr
Linking corporations with a CSR program to charities who need assistance can be a challenging task. For one new company, it is their mission.
Philanthropy Girls launched in October 2015, with the goal of providing an affordable “turn-key” solution to sourcing items needed for community outreach and social responsibility initiatives. Its team works with suppliers and manufactures to secure ‘outreach pricing’ on various items for charities.
Philanthropy Girls’ mission as a company is to responsibly source affordable items needed for outreach, allowing charities and corporations who do good in their communities, to do even more. The team works with suppliers, like Group Sales of Cincinnati, Ohio – the nation’s leading supplier of toys – to negotiate ‘Charity Pricing.’ ‘Charity Pricing’ comes in at between 25-75 percent off the MSRP on items like athletic equipment to build a playground, educational supplies to support a classroom, books to build a learning library or toys for your holiday charitable distribution event.
Philanthropy Girls works together to match charities in need with corporations that want to help them.
“We take two approaches,” Kristi Thomas, Philanthropy Girls’ founder, says. “We reach out to charities that we know need items that we can source up to 70 percent off. We put the catalogs in their hands so they can maximize their budget with items they need. The second is that we all have good relationships with corporate sectors. We reach out to the CSR departments and talk about what their mission is and is it directly to help not for profits. We created a program that would engage all stakeholders, where they come together for one mission.”
The team, which consists of a handful of successful businesswomen, created a catalog for the 2015 holiday season to allow charities to pick items that they needed at a reduced cost. This was a successful way to provide items to initiatives like the Salvation Army, which Philanthropy Girls works with.
In less than a year of operation, Philanthropy Girls already has many clients. They work with more than 100 corporate foundations, and thousands of charities.
“Our approach is twofold. We spend a good amount of time identifying charities that need our support, and with corporations and what their CSR goals are, and we thread them together. We’re out there doing really good work with lot of people.”
Not only is Philanthropy Girls helping charities, but they are also helping supplier companies, according to Thomas.
“We’re helping our suppliers and manufacturers move products along by identifying additional revenue streams for them,” she says.
A company that has utilized Philanthropy Girls is Little Guy Worldwide, located in Akron, Ohio. Owners Christine and Joe Kicos made the corporate decision to invest in their community, in honor of their late infant daughter. With the support and financial donations of their employees, and with a Community Outreach Budget, they decided to create an annual toy distribution event in their daughter’s honor. Local charities were identified that needed toys for the holidays: Turn Around Community Outreach, North Canton Teen Mom/Baby program, Foster Care, and Child Social Services and Quest Recovery House. Toys were ordered from Philanthropy Girls and delivered to Little Guy Worldwide’s headquarters. Employees participated in a gift wrapping team building exercise and then delivered the toys to the agencies who needed them most.
“I love this company. Philanthropy Girls was a God send last year when I was working on our project,” owner Christine Kicos said. “I called Kristi Thomas and was highly impressed with how easy, professional and timely this company was. I was so busy and felt like I was behind on schedule and did not know how I was going to get it all done. I was blown away that everything [Philanthropy Girls] said would happen did; all was accomplished within one week. What a benefit this is for any company. Philanthropy Girls does the majority of the work for you and allows you to continue your day-to-day business with little interruption. ”
As for the future, Thomas says that the team plans on continuing to match up charities in need with companies that want to help, and grow Philanthropy Girls into a larger-scale organization.
“I want to be able to touch as many charities as we can,” she says.
To learn more about Philanthropy Girls, visit www.philanthropygirls.info.
Philanthropy Girls order process
1 ) Corporations tell the Philanthropy Girls what it needs for its Social Responsibility and Community Outreach Initiatives.
(2) Philanthropy Girls will source the items needed.
(3) Philanthropy Girls purchase the items and issue the Corporation a Purchase Order.
(4) Philanthropy Girls warehouse the order, at no charge, to ship at a later date when and where it is needed.
(5) Shipping is free anywhere in the continental US.
(6) Corporations are billed after they receive their orders.