Pay it Forward This Holiday Season
Cascade Business News
Seven years ago, a local Homeowners Association (HOA) management company, Aperion Management Group, started a charitable annual tradition with their business partners called Pay it Forward with Aperion. Aperion recognized that they always experienced a humbling out-pouring of gifts and goodies from business partners during the holiday season, as most businesses do, and while it’s appreciated, they decided they would rather pay it forward.
The general steps of the program they run each year are, selecting a charity, asking business partners to send donations to said charity in Aperion’s name instead of holiday treats and goodies to the office, and then Aperion matches all donations through the holiday season dollar for dollar. The steps are outlined below:
Through this program, they have raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations each year. It seems that, in the spirit of the season, other businesses could adopt a similar program and pay if forward, instead of receiving gifts and goodies at their place of business. As Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
The Pay it Forward with Aperion program benefited Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO) two years ago and Bethlehem Inn last year, and each year over $2500 was donated through the program, at a time when they needed those funds most. Other recipients over that last seven years have included Heart of Oregon Corp, Saving Grace, Partners in Care, Human Society of Central Oregon and Central Oregon Mediation. This year the employees at Aperion have chosen the Ronald McDonald House of Bend to be the beneficiary of Pay it Forward. The Ronald McDonald House provides a safe place for families and patients recovering from extensive hospitalizations that otherwise would not have place to stay. Oftentimes their foundation is the only reason families are able to stay together and rally around their recovering loved one.
If you feel compelled to give in Aperion’s name to the Ronald McDonald House of Bend this holiday season, please do and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, or if you’d like to implement a similar program at your place of business, feel free to reach out to Aperion at 541-389-3172 for more information.
*This program closed donations on Jan. 1st