Launched in 2017, The Big Pitcher is our corporate giving platform designed to give back to the causes that mean the most to us. Check out some of those causes below and know that when you support Founders you’re also supporting our efforts to improve this world for future generations.

All causes we support fall under three core categories: Social Justice, Environment and Arts & Culture and range from local to national organizations.

On a national level, we have partnered with the Conservation Alliance, an organization whose vision is to protect and restore America’s wild places.

On a local level, we support various local organizations on a month-by-month basis, leveraging the Founders Family and the local community to help with volunteering efforts, service days, fundraising and more. Additionally, Founders will match all employee donations to various local organizations. Some of those organizations include:

Additionally, we are proud to offer ongoing annual support to the following organizations:

Grand Rapids Whitewater – A group of individuals, rowing and paddling clubs, anglers and businesses dedicated to revitalizing the Grand River and putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand for everyone’s enjoyment

WMEAC – WMEAC is a non-profit, 501C3 organization uniquely positioned to respond to emerging issues and new threats to West Michigan’s natural and human ecologies, strategically focused on building sustainable communities and protecting water resources.

WYCE  – Listener supported, volunteer powered, community radio station broadcasting to support the organizational mission of “Building Community through Media.”

National Kidney Foundation Leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

LaughFest – The nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter and has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists.

ArtPrize – ArtPrize is an international art competition and festival open to all and determined equally by public vote and expert jury. ArtPrize encourages critical discourse, celebrates artists, transforms urban space and promotes cultural understanding.

Grand Rapids Pride Center – Grand Rapids Pride Center aims to be the center of a vibrant and inclusive community that supports all LGBTQ individuals.

Tribute on the Grand

We have long supported Grand Rapids Whitewater and their efforts to restore the Grand River to its original beauty. Tribute on the Grand is an opportunity to highlight the river restoration project and provide the opportunity for our community to help support the effort through time and charitable contributions.

Tribute on the Grand is an annual event that takes place in Ah-Nab-Awen Park, in August.

Looking for a sponsor or donation?

Founders takes pride in supporting local nonprofits. Please understand that we get many requests daily and have created guidelines that will 1) help us support causes constant with our principles and values 2) keep things legal. Before filling out our donations and sponsorship form, please be sure your request meets these guidelines.

  • Please submit your request a minimum of 60 days before your event.
  • We do NOT offer donations or sponsorships to religious entities or events where religious affiliates are the benefactor, bands, athletes or sports teams.
  • The organization must be a non-profit must be a 501c3.
  • We are NOT able to donate beer (It’s against the law!)
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