As part of its core purpose to solve big challenges for the community, Danos has established its own charitable foundation. Through a combination of corporate giving, employee donations and volunteerism, the Danos Foundation provides funding to worthy nonprofit organizations and projects in the community.
The grant issuing arm of the Foundation, Danos GIVES, has already dispensed nine grants totaling $39,750 to charitable causes in several different locations where the company conducts business. One such cause is the Girls on the Run Bayou Region – the Foundation is helping fund a program for underserved girls in the Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes’ foster care system. The Foundation has also approved a grant request from Refuge Services of Lubbock, Texas, to help deliver equine-assisted therapy services to area children and their families. Other groups receiving grants this year include the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana; the Cooper Life Fund, The Haven and Hope Extreme of Houma; Larose’s New Life Counseling Center; the McMains Children’s Development Center in Baton Rouge and Monahans Kids Zone in Midland, Texas.
“We’ve always strived to fulfill our core purpose of honoring God and solving big challenges for our customers and communities,” said Mark Danos, owner and executive. “With the launch of our Foundation, we can maximize our charitable activities to make an even bigger impact in the areas where we live and work.”
Danos is encouraging 501(c)3 or 170(b) non-profit organizations that benefit education, healthcare, environmental or welfare initiatives in the areas where the company conducts business to apply for a grant. Applications are due by August 31, and awards are presented the following January. Danos GIVES is funded by employee contributions with additional support provided by the company. Interested groups should visit the Foundation’s website, www.danos.com/foundation, to learn more about the grant application process.
The Danos Foundation also awards money to approved nonprofit organizations where Danos employees volunteer their personal time. The Danos WORKS program, also funded by employee contributions and company support, provides money on a per-hour-worked basis to qualified organizations. Danos employees record their hours worked throughout the year, and awards are then issued to the organizations in January the following year.