— The founder of a Nashville startup center, Sam Schwartz, said he will donate a $500 Gift Card to help help support the nonprofit and community-based organizations in his hometown.
“This is a good cause and it’s a good time to support charities,” said Schwartz, a software engineer who lives in the area.
“I’ll be donating a $50 gift card.
I want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing and supporting people who need it.”
Schwartz and the Startup Community Foundation (SFCF) launched the program in 2015 and are now using it to help people who live in need.
It gives a $1 gift card for every $1 donated.
“It’s a lot of fun to help out people in need,” Schwartz said.
“There are so many good things happening in Nashville right now.”
Schizberg and his wife, Amy, also own an antique store, a clothing store and a hardware store.
Amy Schwartz works at the SFCF’s Nashville office.
She said she’s been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
“When I got a call from a friend who had been in a car accident and was going to be released, I got on my knees to thank her,” Amy Schwartz said, describing how she helped in the aftermath.
“We were literally helping each other out.
That was the best thing that could have happened.”
Schlafly said she hopes to have the program extended through the end of 2019.
She also said she is working with local nonprofit organizations to get the program going in Nashville.
“I think we need to do something for the community,” Schlafly added.
“We need to help our neighbors.
We need to get people out of poverty.”
Schmoe’s, a popular Nashville-area ice cream shop, has donated to the Startup Foundation in the past.
The program is a donation incentive for nonprofits that are serving the homeless, Schmoe said.
“For every dollar that we give, we are giving the homeless people who are homeless, their first step in getting their lives back on track and they’re not getting back on their feet,” Schlauly said.
Schmoes founder, Jim Schlafle, and Amy Schlafl, the company’s founder, are donating the proceeds of the program to the Nashville Startup Community, which includes a number of local charities.
Schlaus said she believes the program has brought in about $3 million.
“People are really appreciative and they feel like we’ve helped them,” Schlaus said.
Schlauly, who is also a former president of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, said the program is an effective way to help others.
“You can’t make it up in dollars, you can’t buy it in dollars,” Schlauer said.SFCFs program is the largest gift program in the country, she added.
Schraus, who works in Nashville, said she plans to use the money to provide free rent for her family.
“The kids are getting a lot out of it,” Schlans said.