Companies Give Back
From its earliest days, UrbanPromise's strength has been its people and the transformational community that has grown in Camden, as local youth have been brought together in caring relationships with college students, volunteers, and donors. UrbanPromise got its starting financial support from local churches. However, the UrbanPromise mission also resonated with the corporate community and soon companies stepped in to support us, as well.
Our first formal corporate donor was Campbell Soup Company, thanks to the heart and concern of a foundation officer, Jessica Gonzalez. With Campbell's support, we were able to start the StreetLeader Program in 1994. Since that time, hundreds of corporate leaders and entities have come alongside us, giving their time and resources. Some contribute to UrbanPromise through work projects, as Ernst and Young does every fall, and some through in-kind donations, as Georgetti's and Tortilla Press do year-round, and still others contribute by giving grants.
In 2009, board member Frank Beideman (Vice President at Holman Automotive) challenged himself to increase South Jerseys corporate giving to UrbanPromise and launched a corporate committee. The business community's contribution to our total revenue at the time was only 5%, but under his leadership and with the corporate committees support, this share of revenue has been quadrupled.
What is striking, is that behind each corporate gift, is a person with a story about why they believe in giving to UrbanPromise. These compelling stories show the vibrant community that has grown up around UrbanPromise continues to be one of transformation.
Here we highlight some of these stories from our corporate donors, and we thank ALL of our corporate partners for their faithful support.