Our Strategy for Good
Big Purpose Big Impact actively supports nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. To maximize our impact we focus our support in three main areas: micro business and entrepreneurial development as a means to reduce poverty; world peace and intercultural understanding; and strengthening community engagement/networks.
Our integrated approach moves beyond “checkbook philanthropy” alone and includes working with nonprofits in a variety of ways including general volunteering, pro bono services, product donations, and money. We strongly believe small businesses like ours can “Do Well by Doing Good.”
- Participate in at least two volunteer service projects per year.
- Donate the equivalent of at least 3% of our gross revenue. The goal is 1% cash, 1% volunteer time, and 1% product donations
- Provide pro bono services in our areas of expertise to at least one nonprofit each year.
- Donate our used equipment and other surplus goods to local nonprofits offering youth entrepreneurship or job skills training.
- Actively seek nonprofit partners for joint program development and implementation, cause marketing, and as vendors.
Recent Community Investments
The following section gives an overview of some of our most recent pro bono services, community volunteering, and financial support through small business loans and charitable cash donations.
Pro Bono Services
Florida Volunteer Generation Fund
Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) program administered by Volunteer Florida helps organizations to more effectively recruit, manage, support and retain skills-based volunteers. Skills-based volunteering is a strategic type of volunteerism that expands the impact of community organizations by leveraging professionals’ skills. From accountants to lawyers and management professionals, skills-based volunteering leverages the experience, talents and education of volunteers and matches them with the needs of nonprofits.
VGF grants are given to community or faith-based organizations that maintain 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, or are a government entity in Florida. Grantees must be organizations that mobilizes people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems.
In 2019, Sue Hyatt, founder of Big Purpose Big Impact, provided pro bono evaluation services valued at over $17,000 as part of an external evaluation of the Florida Volunteer Generation Program.
The VGF evaluation included both process and outcome components. The process portion examined the support organizations receive from VF and how grantees utilized VGF resources to strengthen their capacity for skills-based volunteering.
The outcome portion examined the organizational changes resulting from being a VGF grantee and the sustainability of the skills-based volunteer program enhancements made over time.
Volunteering at Community Events
The Colfax Marathon weekend is the largest marathon weekend in the Rocky Mountains, with 20,000 runners in 2019. Races include a marathon, half marathon, urban 10 miler, and a 5K. In addition, the marathon relay has over 1,330 teams in Corporate, Government or Open divisions and is the second largest Marathon Relay in the US.
Each year, the Colfax Marathon partners with more than 200 Nonprofits, who have collectively raised over $2,500,000 over the last 5 years through the efforts of Colfax runners. The marathon’s Charity Partners Program 2nd largest in the U.S. with New York City Marathon being the largest. An open door policy exists for all 501c3’s – welcoming small to large charities with a large variety of causes.
Over the last 5 years, the 200+ charities have raised over $2.5 million through runners raising money for their causes. This is in addition to the $100,000 that the Colfax Marathon donates annually.
Sue Hyatt, founder of Big Purpose Big Impact, volunteering for the the 7th year at the Colfax Marathon 5K race at Denver CIty Park.
Denver Broncos Fit 7K
The Denver Broncos NFL team puts on the Fit 7K annually on Labor Day weekend. The event for runners, walkers and Broncos Fans is the largest 7K run/walk in the country.
The event benefits the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The NSCD offers adaptive lessons for individuals living with disabilities in a variety of action sports, adventure sports and competitive programs. Athletes with any physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis can participate in sports and recreation programs year-round in Colorado’s Front Range and mountains.
The NSCD began in 1970 providing ski lessons for children with amputations for the Children’s Hospital of Denver. Each year, more than 4,000 children and adults with disabilities participate in more than 12,530 lessons to learn more about sports and themselves.
Sue Hyatt, founder of Big Purpose Big Impact, volunteering at the Bronco’s annual Fit 7K Race for the 4th time at Invesco Field.
Denver Day of Rock
Denver Day of Rock is a one-day music festival benefiting the work of Amp the Cause. This free event features five stages of live music along Denver’s 16th Street Mall on Memorial Day weekend. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause continue to support non-profits in our community.
Sue Hyatt, founder of Big Purpose Big Impact, volunteering at the Amp the Cause Day of Rock downtown Denver.
Other Nonprofit Volunteering
More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and can’t access the financial services they need. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.
Kiva does this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva’s work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.
By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone’s life. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.
Go to the Kiva Website: https://www.kiva.org/
Sue Hyatt and Big Purpose Big Impact have made over 50 loans to women entrepreneurs in developing countries where she has either worked or travelled. These women are often blocked from participating in the larger economy and tapping more traditional forms of funding to grow their businesses.
Selected Kiva Loans Made