Shining a Spotlight on Corporate Giving

By Gary Tasman

With the holiday season officially here, our minds naturally turn to giving, and the same can be said of companies, who turn their thoughts to “corporate social responsibility,” a somewhat stuffy term we use to describe philanthropic activities and accountability to social or environmental issues. Social responsibility is more than a good deed. It is also a good business practice and should be part of every organization’s corporate DNA.

Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida (CPSWFL) is proud to support a number of causes here in Southwest Florida—more about them later— because we care about our neighbors and know our support contributes to quality of life in our community. When local nonprofits thrive, it stabilizes our region and raises the tide across our entire community. By improving the quality of life in Southwest Florida, we create a positive domino effect, and make our area more attractive for growth. This leads to jobs, housing, and a stronger tax base to support the needs of our community.

Every organization can adopt corporate social responsibility as part of its core business practices. Social responsibility doesn’t have to come in the form of financial contributions, although those are certainly welcomed by nonprofits.  Organizations with tight budgets can encourage leadership to lend their expertise on nonprofit boards of directors, organize employee donation drives, or even offer paid time off for staff members to volunteer. Social responsibility has been shown to not only improve employee satisfaction but also customer loyalty—meaning that your philanthropic actions will not only improve the community but also your bottom line.

I’d like to shine the spotlight on some of the causes that our team supports at Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida. This support comes in many forms, from financial contributions, to volunteer hours, to board membership.

Children’s Network of Southwest Florida provides the Operation Santa program for local children in foster care. This year we’re partnering with Children’s Network to bring Christmas cheer to children in need by hosting an Operation Santa toy drive through Dec. 9. To learn more, visit www.childnetswfl.org.

Keep Lee County Beautiful is focused on making Lee County a pristine place to work and play by inspiring, educating, and engaging our community in improving, beautifying, and protecting our environment. Since 2017, we have participated in the Adopt-A-Road program, and our team members are proud to keep our adopted roadway clean throughout the year. Apply to adopt a road at leegov.com/dot/adoptaroad/application.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida reaches 11,600 students each year at schools and after-school organizations in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. We are gratified to be able to provide leadership for local programs that teach business acumen, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to young people. More information can be found at juniorachievement.org.

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) is a nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities to successfully maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice. ROOF sponsors six three- and four-bedroom homes in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties, and also helps adults with disabilities maneuver the complexities of available federal and state support programs. Florida is home to more than 300,000 individuals with developmental disabilities, and finding appropriate housing for adults with disabilities is a cause we’re proud to support. Learn more about ROOF at flroof.org.

This Thanksgiving, CPSWFL also joined forces with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to adopt five families in need. Our team gathered all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, donated cash, and then delivered baskets to the families in time for a Thanksgiving feast.

Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida is proud to support a number of additional nonprofits, community organizations and benefit events in our region, including American Heart Association Heart Walk, Aubuchon Helping Hands for the Holidays, the Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fund, Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Chabad of Cape Coral, Champions 4 Children, Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Community Cooperative, Evangelical Christian School, Florida Gulf Coast University, Habitat for Humanity of Lee & Hendry Counties, Harlem Heights Foundation, Hope Hospice, Oasis Elementary North, Pace Center for Girls, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, SWFL Children’s Charities/SWFL Wine & Food Fest, Urban Land Institute (ULI), and Valerie’s House.

These organizations, and thousands of other notable nonprofits and civic-minded groups, are meeting many needs in our community. They support education, business, children, needy families, the environment, and other worthwhile causes. Each of them improves our quality of life and makes Southwest Florida a better place to live – not just for those they serve, but for all of us.

If you have commercial real estate, the professionals at Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida are an excellent resource as you consider your for selling, buying, and leasing. Cushman & Wakefield’s brokers have extensive local market knowledge and best-in-class data and analytics to guide your decision-making. Contact us for a complimentary, no-obligation property valuation by calling 239-829-5400 or contact-us.

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