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How do we help our communities?

In 2016 Stewart’s Shops and related family foundations will donate $7.5 million to local charities. We also have our Holiday Match Program in which Stewart’s matches all customer donations made in our shops from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. Stewart’s Holiday Match customers have helped us contribute over $22 million to thousands of organizations since the program’s inception in 1986. As a good corporate citizen, we support a local charity at many of our new shop openings.

How does it work?

It is never a question of whether we’ll give, but rather to whom. We try to be as generous as possible to a large number of organizations, but are committed to making the maximum positive impact in the categories we consider a priority. The breakdown of the categories for Stewart’s Shops donation of $2.5 million is as follows: contributions-chart Our selection of organizations is based on the following considerations: We support organizations within our market area that focus on meeting the changing needs of their recipients rather than perpetuating the status quo. We have an interest in the area of kids, their recreation and education. We do not support adult recreation groups. We value extensive volunteer support and minimum fund raising costs, avoiding organizations which are already tax supported or have a large amount of overhead. We avoid cause-related and religious organizations, as we feel they are a matter for an individual’s preference and conscience. Our communities have more than enough specific needs, so we give to those providing a service, as opposed to those supporting a cause, and we save our contribution dollars for people versus animals. We support local organizations which may not have as broad a base of funding, or have the wide spread emotional appeal of national health organizations. We refrain from secondary giving in which we give to someone, so they can in turn give to someone else. We do not make monetary contributions for individuals. In addition to this reasonably structured program, we also maintain the “crack foundation” to fund those unusual opportunities that may have an especially positive impact on our communities. We cannot support these special needs on a continual basis without hurting the overall program, but can provide one time funding so they do not fall through the cracks.

Gift Certificate and Product Donations

We provide gift certificates, product donations, and discounts for various charitable groups. To request product or gift certificates, please call our Donation Line at (518) 581-1201, ext. 2190 or mail a letter to Stewart’s Shops PO Box 435 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. If we haven’t worked with your organization in the past, you may be asked to send us more information so that we can get to know your group and its mission. All requests must be made at least two weeks prior to your event date to ensure delivery. At this time we do not accept donation requests via email. We accept donation requests year round. Due to the high volume of donation requests, we are unable to send acknowledgments that we have received your letter of request. Please call to follow up if you have not heard back from us at least two weeks prior to your event.

Products

We donate our own Stewart’s brand products to help with the success of your event or fundraiser. Products available for donations include our full line of dairy items including our fresh & local, high quality milk and award winning ice cream, Refresher juices and teas, soda, hot dogs and buns, snacks, and much more.

Gift Certificates/Money Cards

We can also help with Stewart’s gift certificates. We donate coffee, cones, milkshakes, make your own sundaes, half gallon ice cream, milk, and gas. Stewart’s certificates are sure to be a big hit. All Stewart’s certificates and Money Cards may be used at any of our 332 shops located in NY and VT. There are no fees associated and no expiration date.

Monetary Donations

To request a monetary donation*, send a letter of request to: Stewart’s Shops c/o Susan Dake P.O. Box 435 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Please include the following:
  • General description of your organization or program
  • Who and how many you serve in a specific geographic area
  • The reason you are raising the money
  • The specific dollar amount that you are requesting from Stewart’s
  • Contact name, address, and phone number
  • An annual budget
  • The total amount to be raised
  • Your group’s 9 digit federal identification number
*If you are requesting a significant donation and have not received funding on a yearly basis, a follow up phone call is necessary approximately three weeks following your letter of request. Due to the high volume of donation requests, we are unable to send acknowledgments that we have received your request. It may interest you to know that there are no applications to fill out or deadlines (except for Holiday Match-see below); we give throughout the year. Remember, the “best” request is brief, to the point, and will save you postage!

Holiday Match Program

Holiday Match Brochure 2015-2016   Holiday Match is a program that started over 25 years ago to specifically benefit organizations/programs for kids under the age of 18 in the areas of social services, health, education, recreations, and the arts. To date, with the help of our customers, we have allocated over $20 million to our local communities. We collect in our shops from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day**. We match our customers’ donations dollar for dollar, with no administrative fees. In 2015, together we raised a record $1.74 million. If you are a non profit 501c3 organization interested in applying for funds through the Holiday Match program, please visit this website starting Thanksgiving Day. We will provide an online application for your request. Applications are also available in our shops during this time. The deadline for this application process is January 31st. Applications are then reviewed and allocations are made in March. **we accept business contributions, but cannot match them.

Matching Gift Program

We also have a “Matching Gift” program, which will match all donations made in individual shops by our customers for an approved local charity.

Employee Matching

We encourage our employees to take an active interest and become involved in their communities, and tend to support their activities. We will match employee contributions to organizations which we are not already substantially supporting.   Tax Returns and Application for Tax Exemption