Since our founding in 2009, CAVU has contributed 10% of our revenues to more than 20 charities. Currently our largest ongoing donation (5% of revenues) goes to Convoy of Hope. You can find out more about Convoy of Hope below.
Giving back to our community, and our world, is an integral part of the culture at CAVU. We regularly donate our time, skills, and money to worthwhile organizations. We call this effort "Doing Good."
Why make donations based on revenues instead of profits? Basing contributions on a revenue stream means that we should always be making substantial donations. (Profits, after all, can be somewhat subjective.) And, we wanted to use the same concept that we teach our kids: Spend less than you earn; give, save, and invest the rest. For CAVU, these donations are investments in humanity.
Why 10%? There is no specific standard that we chose to emulate, but 10% of revenue is substantial, which is our goal. And by designing 10% into our business model, we believe we can still build an organization that provides a great client experience while also being a great place to work. All employees are given decision-making authority as to where the donations go.
Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has served over 70 million(!) people, and has a passion to feed the world's hungry. Convoy works with churches, businesses, government agencies, and other nonprofits to help provide hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. Charity Navigator has given them their prestigious 4-Star Rating since 2004, a rarity in the nonprofit world.
CAVU supports Convoy on an ongoing basis because we think they do incredible work, and we are proud to partner with them.
Below we list some oorganizations we've supported. Some received one-time gifts, and others receive ongoing support.
- Bay Area Rescue Mission serves the homeless and those in need one of the toughest neighborhoods in the Bay Area. They provide 325 nightly beds and serve over 1,000 daily meals - all on a budget of just $15 million annually. Most importantly, they offer comprehensive help, including food, shelter, clothing, training, and “food” for the mind and soul. CAVU also teaches a financial skills class to participants soon to graduate from their 18 month recovery program.
- World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization working worldwide to help the poor overcome the causes of poverty and injustice. We’re particularly interested in their work to bring potable water sources to regions where accessing and carrying water is an all-day activity for some members of the family. By comparison, we use (and don’t have to carry) over a 100 lbs. of drinking water when we take a shower. Yet about 40% of the world’s population doesn’t have a water source within a mile of their home.
- Character That Counts was founded by Rod Handley. He's the kind of rock star we like supporting. His organization brings a message – primarily targeted to men - of the importance of character, integrity, and accountability in our daily lives.
- Faith Network of the East Bay is on a mission to, among other things, teach kids how to read. Did you know that if you can’t read by the 3rd grade, you’ve probably missed the “teacher support” window? The majority of these poor readers end up dropping out of school. One of their primary missions is to mobilize volunteer tutor/mentors to help 3rd graders develop their reading skills while also gaining positive self-esteem.
- What If Everyone exists to create opportunities for people to serve their community in practical ways. WIE partners with local churches, businesses, and organizations to serve the community. Their vision is to ignite a desire in people to use their skills and passion to serve those in need all around them. WIE offers one-time as well as ongoing opportunities. Since their founding in 2009, they have completed over 118 projects at 30 locations throughout Charlotte and Winston-Salem, and have served over 6,000 volunteer hours.
- Levine Children's Hospital (LCH) was founded in 2007 within Carolinas Medical Center and has quickly become a nationally-recognized children's hospital serving the Carolinas. US News & World Report consistently names LCH one of the top children's hospitals in the nation in multiple specialties, including nephrology. Nick's son, Theodore, is currently a patient in the nephrology department at Levine. He was born with kidney failure and received a kidney transplant in April of 2013.
- F3 Foundation F3 Nation is a group of free, peer-led workout groups for men which started in Charlotte in 2011. The mission of F3 is to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership. The F3 Foundation was established to leverage the men of F3 Nation to develop and strengthen male leadership in our communities. Through service and granting opportunities, the F3 Foundation has already had a significant impact within our community, and the influence has seen dramatic growth since its founding.