In fact you may have noticed as of late I have become an advocate of smaller government with far less overhead and taxes; in-part so organizations and wealthy individuals can have more money to spend on causes they deem wealthy.
The alternative where higher tax rates are imposed and the proceeds used to benefit special-interest groups with voting power never has and never will make sense to me.
To me, the American Dream is to start from humble means and make a positive difference on the lives of others through continued success.
So when I heard Interactive Intelligence starting a foundation for at-risk youth, I couldn't help but smile.
It's worth pointing out other companies who are successful and have made a difference via charity include Google, Salesforce.com and Facebook.
During this time of holiday cheer, it is gratifying to see companies taking the proceeds from their success and using them to help others.
When you allocate your charitable contributions at year-end and beyond, you may want to consider this foundation.
Here are some details:
- Funds raised by the foundation are distributed to a small number of not-for-profit organizations roughly commensurate with the Interactive Intelligence Inc. employee distribution in Indiana (66%), Non-Indiana U.S. (19%), and Non-U.S. (15%).
- Monetary distribution decisions are made one time each year by the foundation’s board of directors.
- Special emphasis is placed on projects that promote technology education amongst the targeted at-risk youth sector.
- At the decision of the board of directors, a portion of the foundation’s funds may be directed at times to assist world crises or natural disasters.