For 20 years, DEFENDERS has made serving a top priority. Giving back is integral to our core values. Our founder Dave Lindsey is fond of saying that DEFENDERS has gone from “a giving company to a company of givers.” To mark our 20th anniversary, we are celebrating our roots by giving deserving team members $20,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
The spirit of giving has not only come about with our success. From the very beginning, we have encouraged service to others. Now, we are able to offer support to our team members in multiple ways:
Team members are given four service days per year where they can engage with charities of their choice.
DEFENDERS organizes charity campaigns where team members can participate at our headquarters and serve through structured charity activities. For example, we construct Habitat for Humanity homes in our parking lot and encourage team members to participate during or after work.
We maintain partnerships with our core charities and help support fundraising whenever possible.
With our match program, DEFENDERS will match any donation made to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit up to $5000 per year.
We have implemented the Benevity platform to help simplify donations and volunteering options for team members.
In addition to the recurring campaigns, we are finding more and more ways to encourage giving. Scott Prill, Director of Culture provided some insight into the 20th anniversary charity giveaway program:
“We wanted to be able to extend and recognize even more team members who are exemplifying the passions, values, and mission of DEFENDERS. We wanted to do it in a different and unique way. So many team members serve and have organizations that are important to them. We wanted to be able to make a contribution in their name.”
To accomplish that goal, we have awarded four team members so far and they have chosen to contribute to charities that have personal meaning to them.
Rich Herbstsomer: Rich chose Rare is Beautiful, a charity that works to raise awareness for PJS syndrome.
Jacob Atkinson: Jacob opted to split his winnings into two separate $10,000 donations. He chose Make-a-Wish for one half and donated the remainder to Shepherd Community Center. Jacob leveraged partnerships with the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Indians, convincing both organizations to match his funds, resulting in a total donation of $40,000.
Marty Berling: Marty is a long-time volunteer and supporter for Wheeler Mission, a homeless shelter in Indianapolis. He elected to donate half of his funds there and the other half to the Crohn’s Foundation of Indiana.
Opal Fransescan: Opal gave her donation to Joy’s House, an organization that provides physical, mental, and financial relief for families who are caring for elderly loved ones.
Let’s continue to grow the spirit of giving!