By Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting
This week has been a busy one at JVA. After a particularly long day yesterday, I opened my fridge to grab a beer and happened upon a Finnegans Irish Amber that a friend had left after a dinner party. Not only was it the perfect end to my day, but I also found out that Finnegans is a combination of two great things: beer and philanthropy. That’s because Finnegans, which is based out of my hometown of Minneapolis, is the only brewery in the country that gives 100 percent of its profits to charity. All of the proceeds from Finnegans Irish Amber beer go into the Finnegans Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) that acts as a nonprofit entity. Its mission is to create sustainable change for those affected by the cycle of poverty. This year, Finnegans has decided to live its mission by dedicating its time and resources to alleviating hunger in Minnesota and surrounding states. For each case or keg of Irish Amber sold, Finnegans makes a donation to one of three charities. While you can’t yet buy Finnegans in Colorado, there are a number of local for-profit breweries that are doing great things to help their communities:
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins: Not only does New Belgium have a super cool, state-of-the-art wind-powered brewery, but it also offers grants to nonprofits to improve the communities in which it sells beer. They’ve given over $4 million dollars since 1995, and $650,000 in 2010 alone. Giving categories include: Youth Environmental Education (which is currently accepting applications through February 28, 2011); Sustainable Agriculture; Sensible Transportation and Bike Advocacy; and Water Stewardship. Click here for more info and to apply.
Ska Brewing, Durango: Ska also has wind-powered facilities, and it offers free beer to nonprofits to serve at fundraising events. Ska sets aside a monthly allotment of its beer to give to charities, so make sure to get your request in early if you want to get in on the action.
Odell Brewing, Fort Collins: In response to all of its great work with charities, Odell was awarded the Outstanding Small Business Philanthropy award for the State of Colorado in 2004. Odell not only chooses a charity every month to donate all of the proceeds from its tasting trays to, but it also grants money to nonprofits to fulfill project needs. Click here to find out how.