The spirit of giving
George Jenkins founded Publix with the spirit of giving in mind. He was once asked, "If you hadn't given away so much, how much do you think you would be worth today?" His response, without hesitation: "Probably nothing."
In tribute to his shining example, Publix continues to be a corporate giving leader. In addition to giving to thousands of local projects, Publix annually supports five organizations in companywide campaigns: Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Children's Miracle Network, United Way and Food for All.
Publix customers and associates have been involved with Special Olympics for almost 40 years supporting of its mission to ensure athletes are able to participate in Olympic training and games at no cost. Publix associates volunteer in Special Olympics events and fundraisers, such as Law Enforcement Torch Run and golf tournaments. In 2013, Publix customers and associates raised more than $3 million for Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Its mission is to provide sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Each year (usually in January), Publix brings awareness and funds to an organization that helps so many. Many of Publix's very own associates compete in State and National Games. Supporting Special Olympics also means supporting our associates, which is part of Publix's commitment of being a great place to work.
Publix and March of Dimes team up for healthier babies during an annual campaign (usually in April). Events, activities and the sales of baby cut-outs add up to lots of fun for customers and associates, and a substantial donation to March of Dimes. The campaign wraps up with March for Babies, the organization's largest fund-raiser. The walk takes place in more than 1,000 communities nationwide, and wherever there is a Publix store, there are bound to be teams of associates lacing up their walking shoes for the cause.
March of Dimes is committed to saving babies by giving parents information they need to give their babies healthy starts. They support life-saving research and community programs that fight birth defects, low birth-weight and infant deaths. They also work toward helping all mothers receive prenatal care.
In 2013, Publix customers and associates raised over $4.7 million to support March of Dimes. Publix designates its contribution to March of Dimes' public and professional education component.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids.
In 2013, Publix customers and associates raised over $2.7 million, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.
Approximately 450,000 United Way agencies and chapters in the United States serve millions of people of all ages and incomes. From helping those with physical and mental disabilities to delivering meals to seniors, United Way makes a visible impact in its communities.
Each year (usually in September), Publix associates contribute to United Way, largely through payroll donations. In 2013, Publix associates pledged and raised $29.5 million for United Way. When matched with the $22.2 million from Publix Super Markets Charities, the total contribution was over $51.7 million.
Although United Way is a national organization, the money raised locally stays in our communities. Through a vast network of volunteers, local United Ways are able to raise funds and donate time and talents to meet the needs of their neighbors.
During the holiday season, Publix embraces the Food For All campaign. The funds raised are used to support programs designed to fight hunger and advocate for self sufficiency on a local, regional, national and international level. Funds raised stay in the communities in which they were raised.
Throughout Publix's campaign, customers and associates can contribute to the fund by purchasing contribution cards in $1, $3 or $5 amounts. In 2013, Publix customers and associates donated more than $2.4 million to the effort.
As part of the Publix mission, we focus our philanthropic efforts on the following areas: youth, education - specifically literacy, and the plight of the homeless and hungry.