Abstrakt-JAN17-About-(Corporate-Responsibility)

Giving back has been part of Abstrakt’s DNA since our founding in 2009.

Abstrakt team members are consistently rolling up their sleeves to donate their time and talent to help improve the community where we live, work and raise our families. Whether it’s supporting a cause that means something personal to one of us or a team effort that aids the community overall, Abstrakt is regularly engaged through volunteer opportunities, pro bono projects and financial contributions. Abstrakt team members receive a matching gift benefit of up to $200 annually. This enables employees to double their contributions to any 501(c)(3) organization.

2017 Featured Event

St. Louis Dragon Boat Races

2016 will be Abstrakt’s first year participating in the Annual St. Louis Dragon Boat Races. Proceeds to benefit Operation Family Help — a Signature Healthcare Foundation initiative to assist families of patients with financial challenges by providing services such as therapy, equipment or transportation. We are so excited to get our teams together and participate in this competition. This year the races will be held Saturday, June 25th at Creve Coeur Lake. The festival will be filled with fun competition, food, drinks, live music and fun activities for kids and adults!

Annual Events

Employee Matching Program

Abstrakt matches dollar-for-dollar employee charitable contributions made to all eligible nonprofit organizations, up to $100 per year per employee. Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to: colleges and universities, private and public elementary and secondary schools, arts organizations, health and human services agencies, civic groups, and environmental entities.

Annual Adopt-a-Family

Every year during the holiday season, Abstrakt connects with families in the St. Louis area by participating in the “Adopt-a-Family” program. Last season, Abstrakt employees donated items on the family’s’ “wish list” including gift cards, toys, food, bikes, and clothes. More than 50 Abstrakt employees participated in the program in 2015.

Previous Fundraising Events

700 Miles to Hope Virtual Ride

In October 2014, Abstrakt hosted the first ever Virtual Ride for the Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation. The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation has brought hope and strength to families with children suffering from HLH since their founding in 2010. For the fourth consecutive year, founder Justin Akin rode with fellow supporters on their annual fundraising and awareness ride, 700 Miles to Hope. Through Abstrakt’s efforts in the virtual ride we raised $4,500 towards the foundation’s total donation of $350,000 to the HLH Center of Excellence.

Pinewood Derby

For several years Abstrakt was fortunate enough to participate in Coolfire Media’s Annual Pinewood Derby benefiting the Coolfire Foundation. The Coolfire Foundation has three main focuses – finding students that have great potential, providing meaningful opportunities for them to develop industry-specific skills, and provide resources to launch and grow their career, hopefully with opportunity to stay in St Louis. This program specifically targets underprivileged students in high schools, junior high, boys clubs, and charter schools in the greater St. Louis area, with a three part process: Inspire, Educate, and Assist.

Tailgate Party for Charity

In the fall of 2013, Abstrakt hosted a Rams Football Tailgate for Charity. The event focused around Monday Night Football and fans enjoyed food from popular St. Louis restaurants, beer, live entertainment and a kid zone with games as they watched the Monday Night Football game on a jumbo screen.The proceeds from this event benefited the children and families of Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis.

President’s Cup Golf Classic

In September of 2012, Abstrakt hosted its inaugural President’s Cup Charity Golf Classic at Annbriar Golf Club in Waterloo, IL. As a way of giving back to a great cause, all proceeds from the tournament benefited the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Tournament attendees experienced a fun-filled day of golf, networking, wine tasting, music and prizes!

St. Baldrick’s Shave Event

In correlation with our fundraising from the 2012 President’s Cup Charity Golf Classic, Abstrakt hosted a Shave Event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Friends, family and supporters came out to join us on September 15th at BlackFinn American Grille in the St. Louis Galleria and shaved their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer!

Facebook-a-thon

In 2011 we developed and initiated the idea of a Facebook-a-thon. The campaign was designed to help our community both broaden our Facebook fanbase while also being able to help benefit non-profit/charitable organizations. For every new Facebook “like” received throughout the month, $1 was donated by Abstrakt to our partnered charity.