How do we help our communities?In 2017 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 $24 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: 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 donate directly to 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 DonationsWe provide gift certificates, product donations, and discounts for various charitable groups.
To request product or gift certificates, please use our online form, or you can 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.
ProductsWe 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 CardsWe 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 335 shops located in NY and VT. There are no fees associated and no expiration date.
Monetary DonationsTo request a monetary donation*, use our online form or 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