13 Free Ways to Give Back

13 Ways to Give Back

Too busy? Not enough time to volunteer? Not enough spare change to make a donation? We understand. Here’s 13 easy ways to give back without impacting your schedule or your wallet.

Where to Buy

  1. Raise money for charities when you shop online using platforms like AmazonSmile or ShoppingGives. They enable you to give back to a designated charity. They receive a donation for every purchase you make.
  2. Purchase gifts that make an impact by purchasing gifts that also give back!
  3. Reduce your carbon footprint and give your local economy a boost by shopping local. Research suggests that every $1 spent at a locally owned business creates $3.50 of value in the local economy.
  4. Shop farmers markets to further reduce your carbon and support local farmers. If you can’t find it, check out Whole Foods, which makes it part of their mission to support local farmers by sourcing a variety of items within a limited radius of their stores.

What You Buy

  1. Socks are a necessity. And a good pair of socks is a game changer.  Next time you’re replacing those socks with the hole in the big toe, check out the selection at Bombas Socks. The most requested clothing item at homeless shelters is socks, and Bombas donates a pair of socks for every pair purchased!
  2. Support charities while grocery shopping by selectively choosing products. Companies like Newman’s Own believe in donating “100% of Profits to Charity.” Next time you’re debating between bottles of ranch, jars of spaghetti sauce, or frozen pizzas, look for the Newman’s Own label and make an impact.
  3. Buy Toms shoes. Toms has been a leader in the corporate social responsibility movement for a long time, donating a pair of shoes for every pair purchased.
  4. Everyone needs dish soap to wash their pots and pans. Look for Procter & Gamble, who has launched the Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle, made from 100% post-consumer recycled and ocean plastic. Their campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue of plastic use and the resulting damage it does to our waterways and oceans.
  5. What do we all need, all buy, and all use every day? Toilet Paper! Who gives a Crap is a quality toilet paper company that reduces the impacts of deforestation by using environmentally friendly materials. They also donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need.
  6. Goodbye plastic, hello bamboo! Put some shine behind your smile by using MABLE toothbrushes, which have a biodegradable handle, plastic-free packaging, and non-toxic ingredients. They donate one toothbrush for every brush bought, and conduct outreach to teach kids about dental health and sustainability.

After You Buy

  1. Soda POP! Ronald McDonald House puts soda can tabs to charitable use with their Pop-Tab Program. After finishing your favorite soda, save the tabs and donate them to the Ronald McDonald House. The program recycles the tabs and uses the proceeds to help cover the costs of local accommodations for families whose kids are being treated at a Ronald McDonald Hospital.
  2. Don’t recycle that empty cereal box just yet. Before you do, be sure to cut off and collect Box Tops coupons to support education at your local schools. Most schools have a collection box where you can deposit the tops, where they are then traded into General Mills in exchange for money towards school needs.
  3. Filter through that closet and throw away that t-shirt you haven’t worn since 2008. Many homeless shelters will pick up your unwanted clothing and donate them to those in need. You can also find local Homeless Shelter donation spots and drop off your used clothing! Help make a difference in someone else’s life with a simple donation of something you’re not using anymore.

Every day presents a number of opportunities to make conscious, caring, and responsible decisions. Making a simple switch with your daily decisions, you can make a big difference without spending extra time or money. When you do good, you feel good!

 

About Ad Victoriam Solutions

Ad Victoriam is a Salesforce Platinum Partner and a MuleSoft partner who provides mission-critical consulting services, from strategy to implementation. Our nimble team of certified professionals across the country who accelerate businesses by solving complex problems through cloud and data expertise. As a certified B Corp, we put purpose over profits, and have made a strong commitment to community. Contact Ad Victoriam for all of your Salesforce needs. 

 

Responsible Sourcing to Support the Earth

Research indicates that workplace design has an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. It also has an impact on the earth. We built a workspace that positively impacted both.

After the initial move in day, we began to do what all companies do. We bought furniture, desks, chairs and a lot more. The office was nice, but didn’t really represent our uniqueness. About two years after our move, we decided to transform our space into something that is true to who we are, and did so in a manner that aligns with what we value.

Blu Interiors, a full-service, female-owned, interior design group founded with a mission to provide well-conceived, functional design plans was hired to improve the Ad Victoriam headquarters. With Blu Interiors, we not only created a productive, open, and inspiring place to work, we were also able to reduce our environmental impact.

Responsible, Inclusive, and Local Sourcing

Female-owned or local companies were chosen:

  • The design firm and furniture brokers were women-owned businesses.
  • The construction company and drapery designer were both local.
  • Our new Ad Victoriam Solutions sign in the lobby was manufactured in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Bulldog artwork displayed in our office was commissioned by an artist in Athens, Georgia.

Eco-friendly materials were purchased:

  • Filzfelt, 100% biodegradable and renewable sheeps wool, was used to soundproof our meeting rooms.
  • Our new whiteboards are made from Clarus glass. They are manufactured with Declare, Environmental Product Declaration, and Indoor Air Quality Certifications.
  • Our bathroom counters are ISO 14001 Certified, the carpeting is Cradle to Cradle Certified and the furniture is GreenGuard Gold Certified, making all of these items environmentally friendly.
  • Replaced all light bulbs with LED bulbs and added motion sensors so lights turn on when someone enters the space and turn off after 10 minutes without motion.
  • Added motion detected one-sheet paper towel dispensers to decrease waste.
  • Installed low-flow toilets and motion activated sinks to reduce our water waste.

Finally, a local moving company was hired to help us donate our used office furniture to two non-profit organizations, Lifeline Animal Shelter and Habitat for Humanity.

We’re not changing the world, but we are making an impact. It’s a small B Corp ripple, but a ripple worth making. And, if we can inspire other companies and individuals to consider environmental impact in their purchasing decisions, the scales will start tilting in the right direction.

About Ad Victoriam Solutions

Ad Victoriam is a Salesforce Platinum Partner and a MuleSoft partner who provides mission-critical consulting services, from strategy to implementation. Our nimble team of certified professionals across the country who accelerate businesses by solving complex problems through cloud and data expertise. As a certified B Corp, we put purpose over profits, and have made a strong commitment to community.

We Vote for Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity and inclusion can vary by industry. For example, positions within certain industries, such as healthcare, are primarily held by women, whereas, technology positions are occupied largely by men. In fact, 76% of the technology jobs are held by men, with 95% of the team being Caucasian.

According to an article published in the Harvard Business Review, states that non-homogenous teams are simply smarter.” And noted that, a study published in Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, found “that companies with more women were more likely to introduce radical new innovations into the market over a two-year period.” In addition to the evidence that diversity and inclusion are good business practices, we believe it is also a good people practice. Here are some of the lessons we’ve learned and solutions we’ve implemented. 

Effectively Targeting Diversity in our Recruitment Strategy

In 2018, we started recruiting at the University of Georgia for our new Elevate program, an entry-level program that hires and trains recent graduates on Salesforce Consulting. In our first outreach, we received resumes primarily from Caucasian males. As a result, we wondered how we could increase the diversity of our candidates.

As a result, we evaluated and modified our job descriptions to increase the likelihood of attracting diverse candidates. We were happy to receive more than 50 resumes from individuals with diverse backgrounds. Our modifications drew in 4 times as many women and 2 times as many underrepresented minorities.

Changing the Future of Diversity & Inclusion

People often say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Our efforts to recruit and hire a diverse workforce are constrained by the number of diverse candidates. In an effort to work toward a long-term solution, we are building relationships with organizations who support inclusivity.

Recently, our team spoke to the UGA Women in Technology Chapter about navigating a career in the tech industry, balancing work and family, and breaking down organizational biases they may encounter. We are in the planning stage to hold similar events on campuses across the Southeast.

Diversity isn’t a checkbox for AdVic. While worthwhile and valuable as a KPI, it needs to be more, and mean more. Diversity attempts often fail. They failed because they focus only on diversity while forgetting inclusion. Respecting each other, listening to ideas, including each other in conversations and decisions, that what is true inclusion.

 

In addition to doing good for the world, our Ad Victoriam Solutions Salesforce Consultants work as a dedicated, innovative team of problem solvers, taking on your technology challenges. We are Salesforce cloud and data consultants who customize our approach to suit your processes for increased efficiency, accelerated productivity and scalability. Contact us to learn how we can help your business flourish. 

Vote Every Day with Each Dollar

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Have you heard of the Vote Every Day campaign? It doesn’t mean to actually cast a vote for a politician. B Corp created the campaign to encourage people, like you and me, to treat every dollar we spend on purchases like a vote, and every cash register like a ballot box. As a result, Ad Victoriam Solutions (AdVic) now strives to cast votes when engaging with a new vendor. This year, we spent more dollars with companies that use their business as a force for good.

Companies who have a stated commitment to serve their employees, their communities, and their customers are considered when we need a service or a product. We give preference to diverse and inclusive companies, especially female and minority owned businesses. In 2018, these easy steps transformed our supply chain to include more sustainable and inclusive vendors.

AdVic “Voted” with these Vendors

Atalassian. A founding member of the Pledge 1% movement, Atalassian makes the Jira project management software we use to manage our consulting engagements.

Bottlecloth. Between 4 and 5 times a year, our Atlanta-based team prepares lunches for the Smart Lunch, Smart Kids program. Previously, we used plastic, single-use tablecloths. We now use multi-use tablecloths from Bottlecloth, a female-owned business, which are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Blu Interiors. The genius behind the beauty of our newly remodeled (and environmentally friendly) office are the women at Blu Interiors. They worked with us on both phases of the remodel, which was vital to the success of this project.

Givily. A fellow B Corp out of New York, Givily is a female owned company that provides a technology solution to help companies manage charitable requests for in-kind donations, grants, and sponsorships.

The Lancaster Stroopie Company. In honor or World Kindness Day, we surprised our employees with a sweet treat from this outstanding B Corp. This female owned company out of Pennsylvania employs female refugees so they can establish a new life in America.

AdVic is proud to #VoteEveryDay by working with companies that give back and believe that profit can coexist with purpose. Voting with your dollars is an impactful way you can support the good in this world. Join us by making every purchase count!

 

In addition to doing good for the world, our Ad Victoriam Solutions Salesforce Consultants work as a dedicated, innovative team of problem solvers, taking on your technology challenges. We are Salesforce cloud and data consultants who customize our approach to suit your processes for increased efficiency, accelerated productivity and scalability. Contact us to learn how we can help your business flourish. 

B Corp Social Impact Report

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Since the company’s founding, Jeff Jones, Ad Victoriam Solutions President, and his wife, Alice, have wanted Ad Victoriam to stand for something bigger than just profit. A company rooted in sound ethical practices, a company that treats people with dignity and its community with care – it’s who we are. As we researched B Corporations, we learned that their views, values and pledge to have a impact of society and the environment mirrored our aspirations.

For the following two years, the UGA MBA students worked with the AVS team to formalize our social impact goals. On January 11, 2018 B Lab, the B Corp accrediting body, officially declared us the 10th Certified B Corp in Georgia. As a B Corp, we joined 3,000 companies around the world who have made a commitment to make money responsibly, in a way that prioritizes their employees, their community, and the environment.

Social Impact Report

Our first year as a B Corp got off to a roaring start. We set aggressive goals for volunteering and pro bono consulting work. When the year closed, we evaluated our work, and produced our first Annual Social Impact Report.  We exceeded our social impact targets. Our team donated more than 530 hours of consulting work and spent more than 500 hours volunteering in the communities we serve.

Download our Annual Social Impact report for the details of our first year as a Certified B Corporation.

 

Related: Combining career success with a passion for social impact – one woman’s journey.

In addition to doing good for the world, our Ad Victoriam Solutions Salesforce Consultants work as a dedicated, innovative team of problem solvers, taking on your technology challenges. We are Salesforce cloud and data consultants who customize our approach to suit your processes for increased efficiency, accelerated productivity and scalability. Contact us to learn how we can help your business flourish. 

 

Charity & Salesforce: A Dream Come True

Working in the Salesforce ecosystem, you come across many inspiring stories. Meaghan Bookers’s story is one of them. Before stumbling across Salesforce, she spent 6 months living in India as a volunteer and the year after, she taught in an alternative school for at-risk students in Colorado. Take a moment to hear about how Meaghan’s journey to Salesforce and Ad Victoriam Solutions enabled her to combine career success with her passion for having an impact on the world.

When were you first introduced to Salesforce?

My first employer after teaching utilized Salesforce and I was asked to manage the platform – it was assigned to me after their admin left. It was a “learn under fire” experience. But, it was total luck, and good timing. I fell in love with the versatility of the platform and quickly wanted to dive deeper into the system. I became a sponge, soaking up as much as I could, and always wanting to learn more about how it worked.

What do you like most about the platform?

You can do so many different things with Salesforce and it is so user friendly. And, the biggest thing for me was the free training they provide through Trailhead.  It has been incredibly helpful as I grow my skillset, while also developing and learning on the platform through consulting work.

Did Salesforce change your career trajectory?

Definitely! It opened the door to the tech world without me having a tech degree. I’ve pursued this career path because it’s been a really fun career. Solving problems and creating solutions that help companies is so rewarding and motivating for me. And because I am passionate (to the core) about giving back, I proudly drink the Salesforce 1-1-1 (1% equity donated, 1% volunteer time donated, 1% profits donated) Kool-Aid. Love the fact that they are so dedicated to having an impact.

What attracted you to Ad Victoriam Solutions?

Ad Victoriam is a B Corp and because I had previously worked for another B Corp and knew what they stand for, this became a major selling point. In addition, throughout the interview process, I met so many people who were kind, passionate and professional. They embodied my expectations. This made me want to be a part of what they were building.

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Anything else you would like to share?  

I am proud to be part of the B Corp movement and thrilled I can continue my new exciting career with a company that culturally fits me. B Corp is built by people who own companies and believe that it is important to make money, sure. But, it is also important to be a good person in this world. And the fact that they are willing to donate their talents and resources, and also support their employees while they volunteer, is incredible. I am so energized to re-engage with my local B Corp community and build the Ad Victoriam “B Brand” in the Rocky Mountain State.

 

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B Corp Retreat: Purpose-Driven Mission Complete

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Furthering our B Corp purpose-driven mission to be a force for good, Ad Victoriam joined other Certified B Corporations in New Orleans to further our purpose-driven mission to be a force for good and to accomplish three goals.

We’ve returned and hope the following wisdom we experienced inspires you to consider joining the movement to work toward a better world.

3 Valuable Purpose-Driven Takeaways 

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Growing B Corp in Georgia. While not all the Georgia B Corps attend the retreat, we connected with Tripp Pomeroy, President of Café Campesino. His company gives back to Central and South America communities where his sustainable coffee beans are grown. We also met Mike Mannina from Thrive Farmers, a sustainable coffee roaster in Georgia. As a result, we have grown our B Local group to six members, held our first meeting, and planned our second.

 

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New B Corp Lessons. We embarked on this trip, in part, to meet many of the folks who have helped us along our journey and to expand our B Corp Network.  Every breakfast table, breakout session, and happy hour was filled with folks willing to share their story. A session of charitable giving practices led by Givily CEO Amy Kauffman led to a revamping of our corporate mission and an updated charitable plan for 2019.

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Another session on leadership and activities sparked a wealth of ideas on both employee empowerment and developing Ad Victoriam’s next generation of leadership. We talked about emotions in the workplace, the importance of providing a safe space for feedback and having “difficult” conversations. Implementing the best practices shared within our company will positively impact our team members and clients as we move forward.

 

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Raising the B Corp Bar in 2019. After listening to Gareth Hedges of Redwoods Group, who walked us through their journey to successfully navigate the 2018 Inclusive Economy Challenge, we signed up for the challenge! He spoke of creative team events and exercises, training programs, an unrelenting focus on increasing charitable work. His talk inspired us. We are now up for the challenge!

 

Ad Victoriam is Ready to Do More Good

This was an incredible experience for us as a new B Corp. We pledge to do more this next year. Do more in our communities. Do more for our employees. Do more for our planet. We would be happy to speak with you about possibly becoming a Certified B Corporation, especially if you are located in the Atlanta area. If interested, please reach out to our Community Engagement Director, Nathan Stuck.

We’re Excited: B Corp is Going to B-ourbon Street

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Our team is on their way to the B Corp Champion Retreat in New Orleans! Why? We returned from the B Summit with an abundance of new inspiring information that we just have to attend the retreat too. Here’s what we plan to share when we return:

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Our main goal is to learn best practices from more experienced B Corps on expanding the B Corp footprint in the greater Atlanta area. While we have some enthusiastic B Corp partners in Georgia, like Rubicon Global and GIVN Goods, our state is lagging behind the national movement with only nine certified B Corps. Ad Victoriam wants to change that. Through a collaborative effort with fellow B Corp Boardwalk Capital Management and the University of Georgia’s Full-Time MBA program, we’ve started a B Local in North Georgia to raise awareness and assist other companies interested in taking this important step.  Three of our board members will be present in New Orleans to absorb as much as possible on how we can help companies like yours improve their impact and join the movement.

New B Corp Lessons

One of the advantages of certifying as a B Corp is access to the B Hive website, a virtual meeting place for people to share ideas, best practices, and ways to improve your impact. After our certification, we often turned to these message boards to ask questions and seek advice from the community. We have been overwhelmed with the number of people who raised their hand to help.

Whether it was Jared Meyers of Salt Palm Development providing lessons learned on his B Local journey or Sheridan Howie of LuLu Press sending us an e-mail to initiate a connection, the network is supportive and giving.  The Champions Retreat will give us the chance to meet them in person and engage with a network of professionals who have lessons to share.

Raising the B Corp Bar in 2019

Like all companies, we have big growth plans for 2019. But we also have plans to further improve our impact and our B Corp assessment score. To effectively implement this goal, we will focus on learning more about B Lab’s Best for the World Challenge, which recognizes companies with assessment scores in the top 10% of all certified B Corps, and the Inclusive Economy Challenge, where companies aim to increase specific metrics within the assessment. Meeting companies who have successfully navigated these waters will go a long way in improving our impact. 

We’re excited. We’re inspired. We’re eager to become a better version of ourselves. Stay tuned for the results!

About B Corp
B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, Ad Victoriam Solutions, along with the more than 2,200 other B Corps around the globe, is working toward one unifying goal — to redefine success in business.

Purpose-Driven Businesses, For Real

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While many companies tout their goodness, only a bit more than 2,500 have committed, on paper and in practice, to truly be a purpose-driven business. About 140 of the 2,500 globally-based Certified B Corporations joined together in Amsterdam last week to inspire, share and educate each other on best practices and successful initiatives. Ad Victoriam was one of those companies.

B Summit 2018 was our first summit as a certified B Corp. We’ve returned and hope the following wisdom we experienced inspires you to consider joining the movement to work toward a better world.

3 Valuable Takeaways from B Summit 2018

Just Start. Even if You Think it is Small.

A discussion lead by Elvis + Kresse’s co-founder and renowned fashion designer Kresse Wesling, who started her business making purses from recycled fire hoses focused on how any impact, regardless of size, is worth making. Furthermore, your actions might not change the world, but they build the ripples that eventually form a wave. If everyone sits on the sideline because they can't fix everything right now, then we will get nowhere. Bottom line: it’s okay to start small, impact is impact!

Learn & Leverage

We heard from incredible people, like Chris Mann, the CEO of Guayaki Yerba Mate, who reminded us how important it is to, “Embed mission and culture as you grow.”  Kate Raworth, an Oxford Professor and author of Doughnut Economics, taught us not to compete against the existing reality, but rather to, “Change the reality that makes people want to join your movement.”

Bottom line: There are plenty of incredible people at impactful companies who have already blazed a path. Google them. Email them. Learn from them. The B Summit taught us that the B Corp community is eager to share their knowledge. Use these resources—ask for guidance, advice and inspiration will happen.

Keep Purpose Front of Mind

Instill purpose in your company early and reinforce often. Educate your employees and give them ownership of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Encourage them to give back and support the sustainability mission. It is best to find out their passion to see how it fits within the company mission. Bottom line: With your employees onboard, your purpose will become a part of your company's identity.

Take Action

Thinking about becoming a purpose-driven business? Are you considering joining the B Corp movement? If you are interested in learning how close you are to achieving the B Corp certification, take the assessment. The assessment will reveal areas where you may need improvements. We would be happy to speak with you about becoming a Certified B Corporation, especially if you are located in the Atlanta area. If interested, please reach out to our Community Engagement Director, Nathan Stuck.

 

In addition to doing good for the world, our Ad Victoriam Solutions Salesforce Consultants work as a dedicated, innovative team conquering your technology challenges. We are Salesforce cloud and data consultants who customize our approach to suit your processes for increased efficiency, accelerated productivity and scalability. Contact us to learn how we can help your business flourish. 

 

B Summit: We’re Thrilled (You Should Be Too)

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The countdown is on!  In less than two weeks, Ad Victoriam will attend the Global B Corp Summit in beautiful Amsterdam!  Our consulting team has spent many hours walking trade show floors, but this B Corp conference will be a different experience.

B Corporations focus on purpose rather than profit, so the B Corp Summit is an opportunity for certified B Corps around the world to share ideas and best practices on inclusivity, sustainability, and how to truly be a force for good.  We’re enthusiastic about learning from these industry leaders and bringing their lessons back home with us, to both strengthen our footprint and to encourage others to join the movement.

As we look ahead to next month, here are four things we are eager to experience at the B Corp Summit and share with you:

  1. Improving our Impact. This is our first year as a B Corp and we’re thrilled to meet the other companies that are committed to this movement. These companies have years of experience using business as a force for good and can enlighten us on ways to do even more.
  2. Strengthening Employee Involvement. One of the breakout sessions will focus on stakeholder alignment and individual employee contributions to company values and missions. As you probably know, one of the biggest hurdles to corporate social responsibility initiatives is educating your employees on how and why they should get involved.
  3. Branding with the Best. Since our accreditation, we have worked on how to best align our brand with our B Corp mission.  The summit will offer two sessions led by international marketing agencies focused on branding corporate social responsibility.
  4. Getting Plugged into the B Corp Community. When we talk to other B Corps about improving our impact and strengthening our commitment to all stakeholders, the most frequent advice is to start attending events like the B Corp Summit.  What better place to start than scenic Amsterdam?

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We’ll be posting the lessons we learn to share with our followers on social media, so be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook and don’t miss a minute of the B Corp Summit! And if you’re curious about why we became a B Corp or about the B Corp process, please reach out and connect.  We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.  Maybe next year you can join us at the B Corp Summit! 

About B Corp
B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, Ad Victoriam Solutions, along with the more than 2,200 other B Corps around the globe, is working toward one unifying goal — to redefine success in business.