The Giving Gorilla

Our business is built around revitalizing communities, and we care deeply about leaving a positive impact. Therefore we wanted to come up with a community philanthropy program to give back to our communities in a way that resonates with our employees. As a result, in 2016, The Giving Gorilla was born.

Each month Gorilla Capital will make a monetary donation to 1-2 charities, organizations, or programs nominated by our employees. We will donate up to $5,000 each calendar year to employee chosen programs. We left the definition of “community” up to the individual employees to interpret for themselves; they may consider their community to be the world, the nation, the state, or their local neighborhood. To date we have supported over 60 deserving organizations through The Giving Gorilla program.

2022 Giving Gorilla recipients

15/10 Foundation
nominated by Cindy

I would like to nominate the 15/10 Foundation for the Giving Gorilla this year. This charity was founded by Matt Nelson, the creator of the WeRateDogs Twitter and Instagram accounts. Through these two social media outlets, they raise money each week to help families pay for their dogs’ medical bills. After adopting a senior dog with medical and behavioral issues, Matt saw a void in the animal welfare world. No other charity was devoted to sponsoring shelter dogs with behavioral or medical issues that would otherwise make it unlikely for them to be adopted. So he started the 15/10 Foundation, named for the highest rating any dog has ever received on WeRateDogs. Although a relatively new organization, they have already successfully had 15 dogs adopted and are sponsoring 3 more. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged – go to their website and read the stories of the dogs they are saving.

Brave Beginnings
nominated by Caitlin

I’d like to nominate Brave Beginnings, an organization that provides funding to NICUs across the nation. The funds are to ensure the NICUs are better able to equip their facilities with lifesaving equipment critical to the first hour of life (known as the “golden hour”). 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely in the United States. Sacred Heart at Riverbend is a former recipient of their grants and has one of the best NICUs in the country (so I’ve heard). I am forever grateful to organizations like Brave Beginnings for giving to our local hospital so that my two children had the best care possible during their NICU stays – one in 2018 and one in 2021.