Gratis Payment Processing President Kirk Allaire presents a donation check to Annie Goni-Stewart, executive director of local nonprofit For Kids Foundation at the May 20 event.
Reno-based company Gratis Payment Processing hosted its 3rd Annual Celebration Gala on May 20 at the National Automobile Museum, where staff presented checks totaling $42,571.11 to more than a dozen local nonprofits via its GratisGives program.
Since 2019, GratisGives has donated roughly $93,0000 to nonprofits, including the For Kids Foundation, Nevada Diabetes Foundation, Safe Embrace, Safe Talk for Teens and Care Chest of Sierra Nevada, according to a June 14 press release.
“We are honored to do business with such amazing local business owners that care about our community,” Gratis Payment Processing President Kirk Allaire said in a statement. “Couple that with nonprofits that have great causes and you have a great night of celebration and impact.”
The way the program works, the Gratis team audits fees business owners are already paying, then cuts down costs and reallocates a portion back into the community via a list of selected nonprofits. Each business owners gets to choose where their money goes.
Funding for nonprofits has been limited during the pandemic, so such unrestricted money is especially important right now.
“In times of crisis, trust and collaboration are essential,” Allaire said.