Round Table giving totals $225,000 for sick children through nonprofit Make-A-Wish Foundation
Good corporate citizenship has become increasingly important over the years, and Round Table Pizza has long made it a priority to be a good corporate citizen.
We established the nonprofit corporation Round Table Family Charities in 2006 to provide support to organizations that aid families in need. In 2013, we began our partnership with Make-A-Wish, whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Each year, 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life threatening illness and currently Make-A-Wish grants 14,000 wishes each year.
“To us, giving back is about being part of the community,” says CEO Rob McCourt. “We require franchise operators who are fully engaged in the business. This is not a remote-controlled franchise business. We need someone who wants to get engaged in the community, and when they get into multi-units they create that culture where others want to get engaged, too.”
That means not just giving money to a noble cause, but providing an experience. With Round Table Pizza’s annual fundraising party for Make-A-Wish, franchisees have the opportunity to host a local Make-A-Wish party themselves and join in that experience. Meeting the children who benefit face-to-face and seeing how they respond to seeing how their community cares is an amazing opportunity. “It’s a life-changing event,” McCourt says.
In 2015, Round Table Family Charities surpassed our goal of raising enough funds to grant 2 wishes per month. With 2015 donations totaling $225,000, we were able to grant a total of 30 wishes. During the August 2015 Paper Star Fundraiser and Make-A-Wish Online Meal Deal, which raised $109,000, we invited customers to drop by their local Round Table and purchase a $1 or $5 paper star or donate online, with all proceeds earmarked for children in their community. We also held a very successful Charity Golf Tournament and Auction in September 2015, raising over $116,000 thanks to the generosity and support from our vendors, franchisees and friends
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