Maybe it’s by participating in the foundation’s annual Ride for Kids. Or buying a raffle ticket for a hot, new BMW motorcycle, the proceeds of which are donated for tumor research. Maybe it’s buying a ticket to one of Bob’s weekend “brunch rides” to an out-of-the-way restaurant he’s discovered with good food and a good-hearted owner, or to one of his “garage tours” to see some amazing private collections of vintage cars and motorcycles. Maybe it’s donating a used cycle, or bidding on a donated titanium muffler, at one of Bob’s Oktoberfest auctions.
However they do it, this small business with 30 employees and less than $10 million in sales now raises more than $100,000 annually to help find a cure for pediatric tumors.
“I do it because it needs to be done, because it makes me feel good and because it brings out the best in so many other people,” Henig told me.
Henig got hooked 18 years ago by a beautiful 9-year-old with a wig, Christina Higgs, who rode in his sidecar during his first Ride for Kids. And even now he still chokes up when he tells how Christina survived her tumor, graduated from college and is living with her husband in Massachusetts.
This same philanthropic hard-wiring can be found at Acumen Solutions, the Vienna-based technology and management consulting firm. Each year, Acumen sponsors an 8K Race for a Cause that this year raised $81,000 for a dozen nonprofits the company has adopted. Acumen’s involvement goes beyond the money, however, to include service by executives on the nonprofits’ boards, strategic management advice and donations of technology and technology services.
In 2010, JBG Companies, the venerable real estate developer, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 50 Days of Giving program. Over the summer, more than 400 employees organized into 25 teams fanned out across the region to volunteer their time at nonprofits. JBG also weighed in with a $50,000 contribution to the Capital Area Food Bank.
Under the category of big numbers: Accenture, the national technology and management consulting firm, committed $100 million over the next three years to teach 250,000 people around the world the skills necessary to get a job or build a business. Among the local organizations Accenture is working with are Back on My Feet’s N Street Village.