Corporate Philanthropy Program: We Give beCAUSE We Care
One of the traits that makes Nelson unique is our focus on and history of generosity. Starting with our founder, Gary Nelson, and the entire Nelson family nearly five decades ago, our organization has led by example with our support of organizations, causes, and people in need.
Nelson family members and employees have contributed not only financial support but also thousands of hours of volunteer time to important causes. Our shared philosophy of giving has resulted in significant recognition for our company’s incredible level of generosity, frequently alongside companies that are much larger and have significantly more resources (such as when we were recently ranked 18 out of the top 100 corporate philanthropists in the Bay Area).
To ensure we maximize the impact of our charitable efforts going forward, we have formed the Nelson beCAUSE corporate philanthropy program to evaluate and select company-wide donations and sponsorships.
Nelson beCAUSE is dedicated to strengthening the communities in which we live, work and play through volunteerism, investment, and inspiring others to share our passion for giving back beCAUSE we care.
beCAUSE in Our Communities
Nelson supports a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and community support efforts. Recently, Nelson teams:
Volunteered at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sonoma and Santa Rosa.
Contributed more than $100,000 to California Wildfire Relief Efforts.
Made wishes come true for children through Make-A-Wish®.
Brought the magic of Broadway to the North Bay by supporting Transcendence Theater Company.
Contributed to a variety of Sonoma Valley schools and educational programs.
Supported the health and wellness of women through the Power Walk benefiting Dress for Success.
Brought awareness to those struggling to make ends meet with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Supported the efforts of the Elsie Allen High School Foundation to help Santa Rosa high school students succeed.
Raised awareness of the number one killer of women – heart disease – by participating in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women.
Helped Santa reach more than 500 Sonoma County kids with donations of toys and supplies to the Boys & Girls Clubs.