PosterGarden honored by the Portland Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Award program

What started as a portable display company’s simple effort to support local arts, culture and gardens has grown into a substantial force that today benefits scores of organizations with  in-kind donations, cash contributions, volunteer hours, and more.

The Portland Business Journal recently took note of PosterGarden’s philanthropic efforts, honoring the company through its annual Corporate Philanthropy Award program. Each year, the business publication recognizes companies that make giving back a part of their business through in-kind donations, cash contributions, pro bono employee hours, and more.

“We could not be more thrilled with this award,” said Travis Rigby, PosterGarden’s president and CEO. “Everyone at this company is involved in our giving back in some way, and having our efforts recognized makes every one of us feel proud for what we’re able to do.”

PosterGarden’s approach to philanthropy is unique. Rather than make one-time contributions, the company combines strategies – funding, donations, volunteerism, and entrepreneurialism – to build long-term partnerships with organizations and help them maximize their resources.

“It’s really an innovative way to provide lasting support to organizations while also building a lot of really strong relationships,” said Wendy Mitchell, program director for the PosterGarden Fund for Arts, Cutlure & Gardens. “It’s just an honor to be a part of this effort, and now to be recognized for it is just fantastic.”

In 2011, PosterGarden donated more than $36,000 in cash and more than $100,000 worth of in-kind donations to at least 30 organizations, including the Portland Lan Su Chinese Garden, where Rigby also serves as a board member. Other beneficiaries included Human Rights Campaign, White Bird Dance, NW Children’s Theater and School, Hoyt Arboretum, Miracle Theatre Group, and The Geezer Gallery. Employees volunteer their time at many different events, including First Thursday art celebrations, and PosterGarden also donates net proceeds from its Portland Parks and Gardens Trekking Pole to nine Portland area parks and gardens.

“We’re thankful to the Business Journal for this honor,” Rigby said, “and I’m grateful to everyone who helps make all of this possible. It’s a real team effort.”

About PosterGarden

PosterGarden offers uniquely simple portable displays and accessories, including banner stands, popup booths, tabletop displays, event tents, and flags. Many of our displays are exclusive to PosterGarden; we designed them and they’re manufactured solely for us. In addition, we offer a comprehensive suite of graphic design services, and we help our customers find success at all their trade shows and events every step of the way. Read More

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