The lighting industry provides an essential element of life in our built environments, and though the industry evolves, one aspect remains constant, lighting industry philanthropy. The commitment of companies and individuals in our sector significantly impacts local communities, the nation, and the world. The LightNOW Fall Philanthropy Series will spotlight stories of impact, giving, and commitment made by people and companies in our industry.
One way that lighting companies are giving back is by supporting charities and non-profits. For example, WAC Lighting’s founders support Selfhelp, a New York-based charity, through donations and board leadership. Grainger partners with the American Red Cross with in-kind and financial contributions. And Signify, through its foundation, has provided lighting products to communities in partnership with local police and school systems.
Another way lighting companies give back is by encouraging their employees to volunteer their time and talents to help others. For example, Evluma Lighting has a corporate volunteer program that allows employees to give back to their communities in a variety of ways during work hours. Acuity Brands has multiple programs in different regions, with projects like Making Spaces Better & Making Communities Cleaner and a STEM project in Atlanta to deliver activity kits to children, including science kits, painting supplies, and math books.
Lighting companies have also made financial contributions to distressed communities and countries in crisis. At the start of the Ukraine War, Nora Lighting doubled donations made by their employees and sales reps to charities on the ground in the war zone. And Jasco Products donated $500,000 to two organizations assisting refugees fleeing the war.
The LightNOW Fall Philanthropy Series is a celebration of how lighting companies give back to their communities and make a difference in the world. We hope that you will join us on Thursdays this Fall to learn more about the philanthropic work being undertaken in our industry.
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