A year’s worth of philanthropic effort culminated with a ceremony on Sept. 17 to celebrate the inaugural partners of the Business Cares initiative.
A committee of faculty and staff from the UNC Kenan-Flagler community presented an $8,000 check to each of Business Cares’ three charitable partner organizations: Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, N.C. Children’s Hospital and Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation.
Business Cares, announced in 2014, is the School’s strategic and innovative program of philanthropic support for local non-profit organizations. It harnesses UNC Kenan-Flagler’s talents and resources to make an impact on the local community.
“A year ago, we had a small team of staff, faculty and students who envisioned a new phase of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s signature community service program: Business Cares,” said Dean Doug Shackelford. “Today is a special day because it’s the culmination of a lot of work from students, faculty and staff giving back to the community.”
The School’s contribution will minimize the financial strain for a family with a child who needs to stay in the area for eight weeks of therapy, said Elise Herman, who founded Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation with her husband Justin Herman (MBA ’05). Super Cooper provides housing and support to families of children receiving treatment for pediatric brain cancer.
“We know how important this is to our families who must travel from all over the country and need housing,” she said. “This contribution is really going to impact the family directly.”
Dr. Stuart Gold, a clinical research specialist dealing with pediatric oncology at the N.C. Children’s Hospital and George Marut, senior director of development of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, also were on hand to accept the donations.
Business Cares supports the three charities through fundraising, using the business expertise of faculty, staff and students to help them achieve their missions, and collaborating on projects on-site and at the Business School.
Business Cares continues its community fundraising and service opportunities beyond this kick-off event with several efforts, including selling a special Carolina blue and white edition of Ronald McDonald’s iconic socks.
James Randolph (MBA ’16), MBA Student Association vice president of community service, said these contributions were only fitting to help these organizations with UNC Kenan-Flagler’s business expertise.
“The goal of Business Cares over the past year has been to translate UNC Kenan-Flagler’s core values and above all, thank the organizations for the work they’re doing in the community.”