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.
2023 Giving Gorilla recipients
I would like to nominate Cigars for Warriors for Giving Gorilla this year. The main goal of this non-profit is to provide cigars to American Service Men and Women serving in combat zones along with those long term deployed troops and those on Floats. This simple act will help these service members by providing a little joy, relaxation, stress relief, and a way to socialize and team build while protecting and serving our great states in so many ways.
The Cigar for Warriors was found through a friend of mine that owns a cigar lounge. He has a drop box that he ships off monthly to this program. I like the idea of product because 100% of the donation is put to use.
This is serious stuff folks. For the last 7 years we have sponsored the reigning champions of the Eugene Women’s Volleyball League, Team Gorilla Capital. The team includes 2 of our employees and as well as the interior designer for our office space! This team was already in place years before Gorilla Capital was the sponsor, and in May 2019 this group of women clinched their 9th title in as many years. Due to covid the leagues have been on pause since 2020 but are starting back up in 2023! How long can the streak last? They’re not getting any younger out there…