Savings2Give, Safe Haven partner in business-to-charity program

Monday, July 13, 2009 at 12:19am

Safe Haven Family Shelter will become the first nonprofit to join the newly formed Savings2Give network — an organization that helps businesses save money to provide funding for charities.

Founded by Don Raymond, Savings2Give is the outgrowth of an earlier venture that also helped companies cut costs. This time, Raymond — who worked as a consultant for Ingram Barge Co, Purity Dairies, and Zeitlin Realtors, among others — get participants to give about a third of savings to help nonprofit charities, such as Safe Haven.

Safe Haven provides guidance and housing to homeless families, while it operates one shelter and five transitional homes in Nashville.

Joyce Lavery, the executive director of Safe Haven, at a previous job once watched a telecommunications consultant help a local business save $5,000 dollars by cutting costs and give a large portion to charity. That consultant was Raymond.

“We are fully committed to creating a local and national marketplace in which there is a greater incentive to provide stronger financial assistance to organizations such as Safe Haven,” said Raymond. “I am confident that the Savings2Give format will succeed in spite of the general economic downturn.”

Lavery echoed Raymond’s optimism.

“Given the economic crunch that the nation is facing at the present time, Savings2Give helps participants by facilitating savings that they normally might not have realized,” she said.

Safe Haven Family Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the community for over 25 years. For more information, click here.

More information about Savings2Give is available here.