At Storm Creek, our impact stretched beyond the environment. We seek better for our communities, too. We’re committed to giving our 5 millionth dollar to charity by 2030. So far, we’re $2.1 million toward that goal!
Our annual giving includes both monetary and in-kind donations. In 2023 we were able to support more than 70 non-profit organizations and community causes—the most ever! Here are some of the numbers:
- $162.9 thousand in cash plus matching donations
- In-kind apparel donations and discounts of $788.9 thousand (18,859 items total)
- Just under $1 million in giving for 2023 alone
- 405 volunteer hours by Storm Creek team members
- 250,000 meals given through Feeding America
Since 2019, Storm Creek has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment through the organization 1% for the Planet. By being active members of this community, we have the opportunity to contribute financial support to cherished destinations, including the National Park Foundation, Save the Boundary Waters, and other similar initiatives, aligning our efforts with the places our customers hold dear.
Also, since 2019, we’ve been a member of the Minnesota Keystone Program, donating at the 5% level in cash or in-kind products to charitable organizations. The program, previously known as “The Five Percent Club,” has been around for nearly 5 decades and has since transitioned to honoring Minnesota companies that donate at least 2% of their pre-tax earnings. It is the only program of its kind in the nation and now has about 200 members, with less than half of them being 5% donors.
Storm Creek owners Teresa Fudenberg and Doug Jackson created the Storm Creek Community Fund in 2022. This fund is our own effort to aid Minnesota-based non-profits with monetary gifts and apparel donations. Our customers can choose which organization(s) to support through their purchases.
Here’s what some of our recipients have told us:
“The products are amazing—our residents are LOVING them. You guys are really great. Thank you for all you do to support our local community. It means so much to us!” ~ Dakota Woodlands
“Thank you so much for your monetary donation and warm clothing. The items will be used by veterans arriving to the hospital and help them return home safe and comfortable.” ~ Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary
“We are so excited to receive another donation from you. You are too generous. Thank you for continuing to support Firefly!~ Firefly Sisterhood
“Wow! Thank you for all the ways you support community and lift our kids. We look forward to even greater partnership in the future. With you in our corner, we are truly BIGGER and BETTER together!” ~ Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities
“I am beyond grateful for the donation from Storm Creek this winter. When it was all said and done, they donated 13,262 garments (27 pallets). This was at a time when we had zero winter wear on our shelves. I do not know how to quantify what their donation does for those in need. This was literally a watershed moment in my life to have been a part of this story.” ~ Bruce Zweber, HEART
Moreover, through the Community Fund, Storm Creek empowers its employees to contribute to organizations close to their hearts. Throughout the year, employees are encouraged to seek financial or in-kind clothing support for their charities. In 2023, the Storm Creek Community Fund generously offered each employee the chance to donate $100 to a charity of their choice.
Here's what some of our employees have to say:
“Play for Patrick was established after a tragic incident involving a young boy who played hockey with my son. The foundation provides proper heart screening for youth athletes. My son, benefiting from a free screening, discovered a condition that required intervention for his safety. It warms my heart that Storm Creek is willing to support the organizatins that mean so much to individual employees.” ~ Lisa Tollefoson
“FMA Senior is my newly added family since I became a member in 2020, and this year I was appointed to become the President of this organization. Since joining the Storm Creek team, they have been able to make clothing donations whenever we are in need. This year we did an outreach program of giving gifts to the seniors for Christmas and Storm Creek came through again! I’m proud of the Storm Creek product and I enjoy sharing them with others. Thank you Storm Creek for all these donations.” ~ Susan Haider
“My husband and I adopted our dog Nellie from the Turtle Mountain Reservation in 2017 and began volunteering for them in 2019. Operating without a physical shelter, they cover a 2,000 square mile area, rescuing 70-100 animals monthly, and donations directly contribute to their care and building a shelter fund. I am so thankful for Storm Creek’s contribution to a cause so close to my heart.” ~ Amanda Zibolski
We’ve done better than ever in 2023. Thanks to partnerships with companies like yours, we look forward to even more impact in 2024!