Who: Steve Creighton, executive vice-president, Dymon Storage
The donation: Matching donations up to $25K
The inspiration: “Giving Tuesday is an important time for us and The Ottawa Mission. Since we became involved at Dymon Storage, there has been an uptick in donations as we are aligned. We love the Mission, we are fond of the people.”
Dymon Storage was founded with charitable giving as a core value. Fifty per cent of the company’s profits and 50 per cent of the value creation are donated to charities in the local community.
This philanthropic foundation has grown to create a Giving Tuesday partnership with local social services shelter The Ottawa Mission. Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has been recognized on the Tuesday following American Thanksgiving. The day of generosity and collaboration is recognized around the globe in over 80 countries.
On this year’s Giving Tuesday, Dymon Storage has agreed to match all donations to The Ottawa Mission up to $25,000. Through radio and billboard advertising at its locations around the city, Dymon is encouraging clients, suppliers and employees to support the day of giving.
“Philanthropy is in our DNA. We wanted to leverage our great position in the community, especially after we witnessed the needs of marginalized and vulnerable people. If we are involved and it encourages more donations, then that is a good thing,” says Steve Creighton, executive vice-president of Dymon Storage.
“Dymon has always been a solid partner for the Mission, on many fronts, from collecting shoes for the homeless to the matching gift on Giving Tuesday,” says Peter Tilley, CEO of The Ottawa Mission.
This is a natural step for the Dymon Storage team after the company donated $300,000 to The Ottawa Mission clinic to support the mental, physical and dental needs of people experiencing homelessness or poverty.
“Several years ago, Dymon brought their support to a whole new level. We were touring Steve Creighton, Glen Luckman and Brent Wilson from Dymon around the shelter demonstrating the construction of the new health clinic, (which) was stalled because of a funding shortfall. We explained we needed $300,000 to complete the project. They stepped up and the Dymon Health Clinic was born,” adds Tilley.
Dymon also supports initiatives like The Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain and Ottawa Food Bank collection drives and offers boardrooms, trucks and moving boxes for charitable groups.