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.
2020 Giving Gorilla recipients
For the 2020 Giving Gorilla program I’d like to nominate: Team Rubicon
Why it’s important to me: I discovered Team Rubicon during the snow storm we had earlier this year. In March 2019, Team Rubicon deployed 26 volunteers to the Mckenzie Bridge area to assist with clearing downed trees, plowing snow, and other tasks to help residents who were trapped in their homes. Team Rubicon is comprised of military veterans, medical professionals and first responders that are highly skilled in responding to natural disasters and are utilized in under-served communities. Team Rubicon provides disaster relief to these communities while giving veterans a chance to continue to serve. Not only have they served in our local community, the organization began after the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and they’ve continued to grow and support economically challenged communities worldwide when it’s needed most.
This year I would like to nominate for my Giving Gorilla Project Drawdown, a non-profit organization and coalition, headquarted in San Francisco, CA and is the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Their goal is to map, measure, model, and communicate about collective ways we can substantially solve the global warming crisis, with the goal of reaching drawdown. “Drawdown” is the point in time in which the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline. Its time to start making serious, meaningful changes in the way we live on this earth.
They outline 80 of the most impactful solutions on their website. The top solutions include Refrigerant Management, Wind Turbines (Onshore), Reduced Food Waste, Plant-Rich Diet, Tropical Forests, Educating Girls, Family Planning, Solar Farms, Silvopasture, and Rooftop Solar.
I would like to nominate the Churchill Equestrian Team again this year for my Giving Gorilla nomination. There are multiple reasons for nominating this organization. I believe that equestrian teams are great at building self-esteem, especially given that most equestrian teams are primarily female. I look at all of the strong equestrian people I have met throughout the years (including Ally!) and I have found that people that ride are very successful in life. Another important reason is that the Gorilla co-founder’s daughter is riding with the Churchill equestrian team. We have watched Maddie grow up from a little girl to a young adult. This company exists because of Ben and the vision that Ben and I shared. I make this nomination both for a worthy cause and for a child we have watched grow up.
Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET) is a non-profit organization. It is an extra-curricular activity for high school students. Oregon High School Equestrian Teams is dedicated to promoting and organizing equestrian competition in high school athletic or activity programs. It is their main goal to provide recognition in the high schools of the equestrian athlete and to give them an opportunity to achieve that recognition in a fair, positive and educational format. The goals are to encourage team play, peer acceptance, good horsemanship and to have cooperative adult-supervised leadership for all students in grades 9 through 12. Along with helping students develop lifetime skills, teamwork, and self-discipline.
Gorilla Capital also proudly supports the following programs and events annually in Eugene:
Since its inaugural year 10 years ago, we have been proud to be the mile marker sponsor for the Eugene Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k. Look for the big blue mile markers along the race track and the Gorillas handing out water and bananas around mile 8! We are also proud to say that each year we have employees and/or their family running the races.
This is serious stuff folks. For the last 5 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! In May this group of women clinched their 6th title in as many years. How long can the streak last? They’re not getting any younger out there…