Local Company Tuft & Needle Giving Back to Arizona Schools
Phoenix, AZ | Submitted by Brooke Medansky
Phoenix-based Tuft & Needle is no stranger to giving back to the community. In fact, charitable giving is built right into their business model. The company has made education the focus of much of their philanthropic efforts, and dozens of schools are benefitting as a result of their generosity because the team recognizes that education needs support from varied sources, and they’ve sought creative ways to help.
Since 2015, the Gives Back program has had the biggest impact. The team at Tuft & Needle knew that schools needed additional resources, and they wanted to give back in a way that allowed the school to get the supplies that they needed to be successful. To that end, the company created a two-part program that made fundraising easy. Each school receives a unique link, which allows parents, teachers, and others to purchase a mattress from Tuft & Needle, with 25 percent of the sale going directly back to the school. As a secondary opportunity, each PTO receives one mattress to raffle at their discretion. To make things as simple as possible, the team at Tuft & Needle even helps to promote the raffle, with a banner and marketing cards for the school. It’s a flexible, no-minimum opportunity to raise funds, with no burden on parents and ample flexibility for the school.
As if that weren’t enough, Tuft & Needle recently marked Teacher Appreciation Week by allowing each of their employees to gift a mattress to an educator who impacted them. In all, 86 mattresses were donated and the response was incredible. The company has also purchased two Little Free Libraries, in order to impact the communities near their retail stores.
In the short time since the Gives Back program launched, more than 150 Arizona schools have benefitted. Mattress sales alone have accounted for the company donating more than $95,000 to Arizona schools. Raffle proceeds have ranged anywhere from $300 to $700 per school and top schools have earned up to $7,500 in one school year from mattress sales. It’s an effort that is simple for the school to execute but can mean so much.
For more information, or to get involved, visit tuftandneedle.com/givesback/.