Happyness Is a Choice
At Zumapalooza 2012, we launched our Happyness Is a Choice program with a goal to donate $1 million in five years. At the time, we committed to allocating a portion of each of our sales to the nonprofits in our communities and those close to our hearts. Since then, we’ve donated more than $850,000 to nearly 200 nonprofits and individuals in our networks.
- To broaden the impact, we launched an additional annual fundraising campaign in 2013, raising over $63,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Then in 2015 we raised another $51,000—this time for Operation Smile whom we learned about from Zumapalooza keynote speaker Shawn Achor. As a result, we were able to send two people on a medical mission to David, Panama to witness Operation Smile in action.
- In 2016, the Zumasys team raised $50,827 for Firm Foundations Romania (FFR). FFR is one of the many amazing non-profits we have had the privilege of meeting over the last 4 years. FFR started by providing diapers for children who are abandoned at a local hospital in Brasov. After Zumasys employees visited Romania, we were inspired by their international volunteer program to hold, feed, change and care for these children; their after school programs; and their recent initiative to successfully transition kids to a university. Zumasys is thrilled to be partnering with FFR in 2016 to support their growing list of education and building initiatives in Romania and we invite you to join us. Stay tuned for additional details.
And while it feels great to be able to write a check, the latest evolution of Happyness Is a Choice is about personally connecting our stakeholders (employees, customers, vendors and extended network) with the organizations and the recipients of our giving through volunteering. Our emphasis is evolving from giving to serving.