At its National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 5, 2014, the Greater Augusta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented Club Car with the Outstanding Corporation award. United Way of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) nominated Club Car for the award for its increasing contributions and positive impact on the local community.
Giving back to the community
“This award recognizes how Club Car is giving back to the community we’ve been a part of for so many years,” said Jason Goldberg, vice president, services. “Our outreach and fundraising efforts support the local residents in the community that has been so good to us.”
In just three years, through the work of employees, Club Car managed to increase its contributions to United Way by more than 400 percent, including the Ingersoll Rand company match. This is largely through the employee-led annual fall campaign and a golf tournament fundraiser.
“We’ve increased awareness and visibility of what United Way does for our local community and engaged team leaders, supervisors and managers on both the manufacturing and functional sides of our business,” Goldberg said. “We also make sure that our employee contributions and the Ingersoll Rand match stay within the local chapter to benefit United Way of the CSRA and benefit our local community.”
This has all led to increased involvement and contributions from Club Car employees, all in the name of helping our neighbors. “People are more likely to donate when they know the people who will benefit from their contributions,” Goldberg added.
Representing Club Car
Goldberg and Judy Beltz, Human Resources (HR) plant manager, accepted the Outstanding Corporation award on behalf of Club Car. Bryan Mash, vice president, HR; Trish Yount, warehouse operations manager; Ross Lyons, product manager, utility; Steve Nissen, director of engineering; Sam King, manager of utility value stream; and Kelly Head, HR generalist, also represented Club Car at the luncheon and awards ceremony hosted at Augusta Country Club. Each one of them is very involved in the United Way campaign and other community programs, including Relay for Life, Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Camp Rainbow, Ronald McDonald House and Miracle Mile Walk.
Rina Powell, president of the Greater Augusta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and senior director of resource development at United Way, presented Goldberg and Beltz with the crystal award, which is now on display at Club Car headquarters in Augusta, Georgia.
“Club Car has always been very involved in the community,” Goldberg said. “It’s great to see the increased level of participation with all charitable organizations and United Way in particular. Our employees’ generosity and spirit to help others really represent the best of Club Car Black and Gold.”
Photo Caption: Jason Goldberg (left), vice president, services, and Judy Beltz (center), HR plant manager, for Club Car, with Rina Powell, president of the Greater Augusta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and senior director of resource development at United Way.