Giving Back to Help Kids Succeed: Anderson-Weber Toyota
When brothers Jeff and Tim Weber took over their family’s business in 1999, they were inspired by Anderson-Weber Toyota’s strong tradition of community involvement. They quickly realized there was no shortage of causes to support.
“There are just so many worthy causes. If we tried to support every one, we would not be able to make much of a difference,” says Jeff. “We wanted to narrow the focus so we could make more significant financial contributions and impact.”
Jeff and Tim met with Community Foundation President/CEO Nancy Van Milligen who helped them outline their charitable mission. “Nancy was wonderful in walking us through what was important to us,” says Jeff. “She made it so easy.”
Today, the Weber brothers use their donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation to support nonprofits focused on kids and education, such as Two by Two, the Boys and Girls Club and the Boy Scouts. Their $10,000 annual contribution is matched by an additional $10,000 from the Toyota Dealer Match program.
Anderson-Weber Toyota also sponsors local youth sports teams, recognizes successful educators with its Teacher of the Month program, and matches employees’ charitable giving. “It’s not just us,” says Jeff. “We have almost 50 people we work with every day who make this giving possible.”
“We have an obligation as members of our community to support our local community,” he adds. "Not every kid gets a life lesson at the dinner table every night. Supporting these organizations is important if we want to have a strong, vibrant community.”