About Corporate Responsibility
Abstrakt Marketing Group’s inaugural Abstrakt Gives Back Day took place on August 4, 2017! Abstrakt team members were granted leave during typical operational hours to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations. Our Abstrakt family kicked off our day together at 8:15 with a breakfast at the office. All volunteers were then put into teams of their corresponding organizations and were sent off into the streets of the Greater St. Louis Area. With 250 team members plus family members and 19 local nonprofit organizations, we had a fun-filled day.

Through this day of service, it was our goal that our team would have a significant impact on the St. Louis community.  After our day of serving, we invited the volunteers and partner organizations to our reception celebration in the Abstrakt Lounge. This was an amazing opportunity to share our experiences with one another while also achieving Abstrakt’s mission to always be growing, together.  We served cocktails, hor d’ourves and listened to the live-stylings of St. Louis’ own “The Mighty Pines.”

Abstrakt Gives Back Day

Brightside Demonstration Garden

At Brightside St. Louis, their mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by educating, engaging and inspiring St. Louisans to make our region cleaner, greener and more environmentally sustainable. Abstrakters picked up trash, planted flowers, pulled weeds and tidied up the community green spaces.

Companions Forever Rescue

Companions Forever Rescue is dedicated to finding loving animals there forever homes. Abstrakt helped Companions Forever Rescue set up for their biggest garage sale of the year. The money raised will be used to help all of the present and future animals that come through the doors of Companions Forever Rescue.

Covenant House

Covenant House strives to serve young people age 16-21 who are living without homes and protect and safeguard all youth with absolute respect and unconditional love. Our team members served meals, helped organize, and did yard work.

Crisis Nursery

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis. Abstrakters helped repack close to 2,500 diapers and organized their storage. The crew also packed school supplies.

Fresh Starts Community Garden

Fresh Starts Community Garden is known as a vibrant place to grow your own produce. They have a strong sense of community at Fresh Starts which helps bring love and friendship into the local community. Abstrakt helped out in the local community green space by planting, pulling weeds, mulching and watering.

Friends of Kids with Cancer

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for cancer and blood related diseases. Their mission is to be an advocate for these special kids and provide them and their families with the recreational, educational, and emotional support needed throughout the long hours of chemotherapy illness and isolation. Abstrakt team members helped by driving toys and gift cards to the children. They then created gift bags and delivered them to the hospital for the children.

Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. The organization’s founders saw St. Louis residents with few options for fresh food, vacant lots attracting undesirable activity, and a lack of hands-on learning for youth in threatened neighborhoods. Abstrakt is empowered by Gateway Greening ways to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture.

Lafayette Square

The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee (LSRC) is your neighborhood association! They are a not-for-profit organization, which seeks to facilitate the preservation and redevelopment of Lafayette Square, respecting its special historic character and enhancing its overall livability. The purposes of the LSRC are: to foster community improvement, to encourage restoration and preservation, to re-establish Lafayette Park as a focal point, to stabilize the neighborhood, to foster civic pride, to acquire property to further its goals, and to encourage and support legislation for preservation, restoration, and improvement of the area. Our Abstrakt team members assisted Lafayette in cleaning up the green spaces in our local community.

Operation Food Search

Established in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a leader in hunger relief, nutrition education, and advocacy serving the Greater St. Louis region. Each month, Operation Food Search helps to feed more than 200,000 individuals who struggle with hunger and food insecurity through our key programs: Emergency Food Distribution, Operation Backpack, Nutrition Education, Summer Meals. With a goal to end childhood hunger, OFS empowers families and help children access the food they need. Abstrakt helped sort all of the food for the drive and bagged dinner for over 1,000 families.

PALS Animal Shelter

Pets A-Lone Sanctuary (PALS) is a no-kill shelter located in rural Lincoln County, Missouri. PALS mission is to be an asset to the community and pet owners by finding good homes for impounded, stray, abandoned, neglected, or owner turned-in dogs and cats by providing care and shelter for them until they are adopted.  Abstrakt team members helped with litter scooping, cleaning animal kennels, dishes, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, walking dogs, scooping outdoor dog yards, organizing stockroom supplies, brushing/bathing animals and doing laundry.

Patrick Henry Downtown School Garden

Patrick Henry Downtown School Garden is located directly behind Patrick Henry Downtown Academy. This garden brings happiness to those are the school and brightens up the community which surrounds it. Abstrakt team members assisted in cleaning up the community garden, leaving the space greener and cleaner than before.

Southside Wellness Center

Southside Wellness Center Inc. provides adult day care services in Saint Louis, MO. Services offered include organized daily activities in a community-based setting, transportation, meals, and professional supervision. Southside Wellness Center also created the Community Gardens Program. The Community Gardens Program has helped start and support more than 200 community gardens in the St. Louis area. These gardens have inspired, educated, and reflected the pride of the program’s participants, and have often become community focal points and catalysts for neighborhood improvement. Abstrakt helped clean the community green space in a couple of these amazing gardens.

Special Olympics Kickball

Special Olympics’ main goal is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Abstrakt was thrilled to assist athletes in whatever way they need while playing kickball. From referring, to cheering, to score keeping, to coaching, to playing, Abstrakt had a blast.

The Haven of Grace

The Haven of Grace provides a home for young, homeless pregnant women to redefine their lives. The Haven offers a caring environment for young mothers to heal and bond with their infants while providing programing designed to empower each woman. Abstrakt was responsible for multiple tasks to include picking up trash in their lawn, picking up trash from the bus stop across the street before it blew into their lawn, cleaning an apartment, so a new mom and child could move in, power-washing and pulling weeds from the children’s play area, and organizing their incentive closet.

Your Garden

Your Garden strives to be a safe place for anyone and everyone to gather to hang out, exercise, talk, and play. Your Garden hopes to be handicapped accessible, so everyone feels welcome. They believe that building relationships through the community is the best way to live a happy life. Abstrakt helped clean the community green spaces, set up a patio and built the foundation for their newest garden!

YWCA Centers

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. It is the YWCA’s vision for women and their families achieve their full potential and well-being in a world without discrimination. They have several organizations which Abstrakt provided services at.

Although the goal was to affect the lives of those around us, our own lives were effected along the way. We feel blessed to have gotten the chance to work with such amazing organization and cannot wait to partner with them, along with other organizations again in the future.

More Ways We Give Back

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.

St. Louis Dragon Boat Races

2016 was Abstrakt’s first year participating in the Annual St. Louis Dragon Boat Races. Proceeds of this event benefited 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. Our team had so much fun participating in the competition, supporting a good cause and spending a great day on the water. After the success of last year’s event, we are excited to participate again in 2017. This year the races will be held Saturday, June 24th at Creve Coeur Lake. The festival will be filled with fun competition, food, drinks, live music and fun activities for kids and adults!

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.