What Are Nonprofits and What is National Nonprofit Day?

According to the Council of Nonprofits, a nonprofit organization is a group that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) as “public charities” because they are formed to provide “public benefit.”

National Nonprofit Day was founded by Sharita J. Herring to educate, enlighten, and inspire others to get out in their communities and make a difference, as well as acknowledge those who are making a difference every day. No amount of volunteer work is small and every minute of time spent helping others counts towards a more positive community. National Nonprofit Day is celebrated each year on August 17th.

When you pump at Twice Daily store locations through the Thrive™ program, you are helping your community. As part of our Thrive™ program, we work with nonprofit organizations, the Arbor Day Foundation, GROW, and the Nashville Tree Foundation.

The Arbor Day Foundation

As soon as you land onto the Arbor Day Foundation homepage, you are greeted with text that reads: ‘Trees Are Simply Amazing. They clean air and water, slow climate change, ease poverty and hunger, prevent species loss and feed the human soul. All we need to do is plant and care for them. Let’s work together to make it happen around the world.’

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. They plant and distribute more than 10 million trees each year.

The Arbor Day Foundation has founded many programs to promote tree planting in the U.S. such as Trees for America, Tree City USA, Community Tree Recovery, Rainforest Rescue, Nature Explore, and more. Programs are catered to people that live in urban and suburban areas, adults, and children. Basically, there is a program for every person out there that wants to make a difference.

GROW Enrichment

GROW Enrichment is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization based in Nashville, TN with a focus on community development through urban agriculture and nature conservation education. Thrive™ was able to support GROW in a community project on May 17, 2018. Project volunteers came out and assisted in planting new fruiting trees and shrubs in and around the nature playground in Two Rivers Park.

This project will have a positive impact on the community for years to come as those who visit will be able to enjoy the scenery and use the fruit trees as a source of food. This project will also have a beneficial impact on the wildlife that resides in the park (pollinators, birds, and mammals).

Nashville Tree Foundation

According to the Nashville Tree Foundation’s website, they work to preserve and enhance Nashville’s urban forests by planting trees in urban areas, identifying the oldest and largest trees in Davidson County, and educating the public about the value of trees.

Since their founding in 1986, the Nashville Tree Foundation has planted over 10,000 trees with the help of community volunteers!

Thrive™ will be working with the Nashville Tree Foundation to coordinate free tree giveaway events at 7 local farmers’ markets in Nashville in the fall of 2018. Trees will be available in 1- or 3-gallon containers and will be selected for optimum survival, primarily native species. Those farmers’ markets include:

  • 12th South Farmer’s Market
  • North Farmer’s Market
  • East Farmer’s Market
  • Bellevue Farmer’s Market
  • Richland Park Farmer’s Market
  • Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market
  • Southeast Community Farmer’s Market/Woodbine Farmer’s Market

We work with the Arbor Day Foundation, GROW, and the Nashville Tree Foundation because it allows us to come together for the benefit of your community, and it’s easy for you to contribute. Continue pumping the same high-quality fuel that you always pump and a portion of that goes towards our Thrive™ program!

Celebrating National Nonprofit Day is a great way to give back, as well as praise those who work with nonprofits on a daily basis. Donating is always great, but there is something extra special and meaningful when you take time out of your day to work on a community project!