APT is committed to a corporate culture of helping those in need. Every year, employees nominate non-profit organizations in their communities to receive financial support from funds donated by our employee-owners. This fund is managed by a volunteer committee, which also organizes group volunteer activities and collection drives throughout the year.
Corporate Giving Fund Mission Statement
“The APT Research, Inc., Corporate Giving Fund Charter endeavors to constructively influence its employee-owners’ local communities by providing financial support to non-profit organizations, through facilitation of a generous corporate culture committed to helping those in need.”
In 2014, APT began partnering with the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville to establish a fund to “give back” to our local communities. The Community Foundation handles all of the administrative details and issues grants to the charities APT selects. Over the past few years, our funds have helped rebuild an inner city neighborhood, enabled high school students to visit colleges, and supported local rescue missions. Occasionally, we disperse funds in times of emergency situations (ex., tornado, hurricane, etc.).
In addition to giving funds, we also donate our time to improve our communities. APT sponsors the Adopt-A-Mile project by picking up trash on the mile around our HQ building (Research and Corporate Drive). APT volunteers have also read to elementary school children, participated in Bike MS events, and picked vegetables at the CASA garden.
Heart Walk 2022
Saturday, May 14th, the Huntsville Heart Walk 2022 event was held, and it was a huge success! I want to say thank you to all who donated, participated, and supported our cause to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Together, we raised $9,924.44 and had a great turn out! You all have made a huge difference in others’ lives to care for those with heart disease.
Leadership Greater Huntsville #35 and the North Alabama Foster Closet Fundraiser
APT is supporting the “Igniters” of Leadership Greater Huntsville (L-35 Small Group). The Igniters have partnered with North Alabama Foster Closet for a project to create a day of ‘normalcy’ and community for over 200 foster/kinship/adoptive families in North Alabama by attending either the April 16th Rocket City Trash Panda Baseball Game or Ultimate Field Trip at the US Space and Rocket Center.
In order to make these events a reality, the Igniters are counting on the generosity and spirit of charitable giving that is appreciated throughout the Greater Huntsville Area. All donations are tax-deductible as permitted with gifts made to a 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds raised beyond our project costs, (estimated at $20,000.00), will be donated directly to North Alabama Foster Closet. Sponsorships are requested in monetary increments of $500.00, $1,000.00, $1,500.00, $2500.00 or $5000.00, however contributions of any dollar amount would be graciously accepted and helpful to our cause. Please make checks payable to: Fostering Connections, dba North Alabama Foster Closet with a note that it is for the Igniters project.
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It is groups like this that strengthen our community!
New Life Mission Donation
In 2021, Florida APT employees voted to share giving funds between two organizations.
Vision – Inspiring kids in our community to embrace and excel in education by providing individualized tutoring and mentorship, guiding them to becoming compassionate, college and career-ready leaders.
New Life Mission
Giving NEW LIFE to homeless women with children.
From New Life Mission:
Thank you for your gift of $1500 to help give NEW LIFE to homeless women with children!
At New Life Mission, we are on the frontlines everyday hearing from moms and their children who are experiencing homelessness. The need is growing here in Brevard County by the day! Moms and children are living in motels due to evictions; in cars due to loss of income; and on the streets due to hard times that have fallen upon them. Worst of all, they have lost hope.
BECAUSE OF YOU… HOPE IS NOT LOST! Your gift is restoring lives and helping people who have no where else to turn. Because of your giving, we stand ready to help them by providing a program that teaches valuable life skills, provides access to housing, healthcare and education and so much more.
Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Brevard Buddy Walk for Downs Syndrome
APT was a proud Silver Sponsor ($500) for the 2021 Brevard Buddy Walk® for the National Downs Syndrome Society® and the APT team raised another $475 so far. Thanks to Team Captain Judy Lindholm and our KSC employee owners!
For more info or photos: https://www.ds-stride.org/brevardbuddywalk/Event-Day-Information
Brevard Buddy Walk
APT is proud to have supported this year’s 18TH Annual Brevard Buddy Walk®! The primary goal of this event is to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome living in Brevard county as well as to celebrate their many abilities.
It was a completely different kind of day and event than what any of us expected this year. But thanks to our community, families and partners like YOU, this year’s event was one of our best ever, filled with love and celebration!
Hope you will view our virtual event HERE. And please, feel free to share it with your employees and customers so that they know what WE know—you are an amazing community supporter!
With our thanks and gratitude from all the individuals and families you have helped support,
Amy Van Bergen, Down Syndrome Association of Brevard (formerly FEDS)
VirtualBuddyWalk 2020 from Omni Productions on Vimeo.
February Giving Committee Update
In February, APT supported a canned food drive and the “Saving Generations” project, collecting items to install energy efficient upgrades for low-income families. The project estimates that most homes can save 20% on monthly utility bills through the application of basic energy efficient upgrades. APT helped by collecting Energy Star LED Light Bulbs for Saving Generations energy efficiency kits.
APT was honored to attend the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year luncheon. The Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama Youth of the Year is their premier youth leadership recognition program, designed to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live, serve, and make an impact in their communities around the world. A group from APT attended the award luncheon and APT’s own Saralyn Dwyer served as a judge for the ceremony.
A small group from APT spent one evening after work helping with projects at the Boys & Girls Club Cavalry STEM Lab. APT helped put together tables, hang white boards and storage shelves, and paint the bathroom. The new lab will give kids the chance to access technology in tangible ways – complete with 3D printers, virtual reality, drones, robotics and tablets. The lab will allow students to see themselves working with this equipment in the future as STEM professionals.
Brevard Rescue Mission Donation
The APT Space Division Giving Committee chair, Cara Norwood, presented the 2019 check to Stacia Glavas, Brevard Rescue Mission, CEO/ Founder on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The Brevard Rescue Mission supports women and children with housing, food, and education.
APT was one of 10 companies featured at the Community Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Press Event to celebrate local philanthropy. The collective grants –including APT’s $20K grant to the Boys & Girls Club STEM lab – totaled over $250K to local organizations.
Boys & Girls Club STEM lab gets $20,000 boost from APT Research
Science and technology education for Boys & Girls Club members recently got a boost from employees of a Huntsville business.
APT Research’s employees selected Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama as the recipient of a $20,000 grant from its giving fund. The money will go to launch a STEM lab at the club’s Calvary Teen Center.
A check was recently presented to B&G Club representatives at APT’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon for employees. The STEM lab, designed to increase access to science, technology, engineering and math topics and tools, is expected to open next year.
The APT fund comes from money donated by company employees. APT is a 100 percent employee-owned small business based in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville.
APT SMASS supports Downs Syndrome Buddy Walk
APT SMASS provided a corporate sponsorship for the 2019 Down Syndrome Association of Brevard Buddy Walk and donated $500. Judy Lindholm participated in the walk on Saturday, November 2 (You might recognize former SMASS PM Jimmy Rudolph in the photo). APT Research was inked on the back of Buddy Walk t-shirts. Thanks Judy!