Danos, based in Gray, established its own charitable foundation in 2017 "as part of its core purpose to honor God and solve big challenges for the community," says Renee Piper, chairperson of the Danos Foundation Committee.

We asked Piper to answer some questions about the nonprofit’s work and needs. Her edited answers follow.

1. What specific services do you provide?

As part of its core purpose to honor God and solve big challenges for the community, Danos established its own charitable foundation in 2017. Through a combination of corporate giving, employee donations and volunteerism, the Danos Foundation provides funding to worthy nonprofit organizations and projects in the communities where its employees live and work. This includes Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Operating within the Danos Foundation are three programs: Danos GIVES, our grant program, Danos WORKS, our volunteer program, and Danos CARES, our internal giving program for employees.

2. Tell us a short story that illustrates how your services have helped others.   

The grant issuing arm of the foundation, Danos GIVES, has already dispensed nine grants totaling $39,750 to charitable causes in several different locations where the company conducts business. One such cause is the Girls on the Run Bayou Region – the foundation is helping fund a program for underserved girls in the Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes’ foster care system. The foundation has also approved a grant request from Refuge Services of Lubbock, Texas, to help deliver equine-assisted therapy services to area children and their families. Other groups receiving grants this year include the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana; the Cooper Life Fund, The Haven and Hope Extreme of Houma; Larose’s New Life Counseling Center; the McMains Children’s Development Center in Baton Rouge and Monahans Kids Zone in Midland, Texas. Here is a link to a great video talking about the impact the grant will have on Girls on the Run Bayou Region – https://youtu.be/qlqVe4xCUyE.

3. What are the qualifications someone needs to meet to receive your services?

The Danos GIVES grant program awards funding to approved 501(c) 3 or 170 (b) organizations that benefit education, health care, environment or welfare initiatives in the areas where Danos lives or conducts business. For 2017-2020, special consideration is given to organizations that help resolve community welfare challenges. This grant program is funded through charitable gifts from Danos employees and supplemented with funds from the company.

4. How can someone apply?

Grant applications are available at www.danos.com/foundation.

5. What is your annual budget? Where does the money come from? What is your biggest fundraiser? How can people donate? How many paid workers do you have on staff? How many volunteers?

The Foundation is funded by the Danos organization and donations from employees as well as the public. We do not host fundraisers. People can donate by sending a check to Danos Foundation, 3878 W. Main St., Gray, LA 70359. There are no paid workers on staff.

6. Is there anything we haven't asked that you would like people to know about your nonprofit, the services you provide and the people who receive those services?

Danos is encouraging 501(c)3 or 170(b) non-profit organizations that benefit education, healthcare, environmental or welfare initiatives in the areas where the company conducts business to apply for a grant. Applications are due by Aug. 31, and awards are presented the following January. Interested groups should visit the Foundation’s website, www.danos.com/foundation, to learn more about the grant application process.

The Danos Foundation also awards money to approved nonprofit organizations where Danos employees volunteer their personal time. The Danos WORKS program, also funded by employee contributions and company support, provides money on a per-hour-worked basis to qualified organizations. Danos employees record their hours worked throughout the year, and awards are then issued to the organizations in January the following year.